The husband asked if he could taste blind today - quite literally blindfolded. I thought this was a strange development in our (wine) relationship, but he explained that he wanted to check whether absence of any prior knowledge might allow him a bit more freedom of expression
Well, I’m all for a bit of free association, so opened this M&S 2019 ‘Found’ Xinomavro/Mandilaria blend, made by the great god Thymiopoulos:
Well, he guessed it was red (but of course), and immediately suggested violets, dried herbs and a distinct savouriness - but really struggled with naming the fruit. He was convinced this was either a Cab Franc or a Mencía- which actually, isn’t miles off the flavour profile. He was quite surprised to discover it was a Xinomavro blend.
And what a lovely blend! Fragrant, for sure, and savoury and herbal - but also juicy (sour cherries, bramble, cranberries) with bright acidity and dusty tannins. I sense that the Mandilaria adds a certain friendliness and warmth I usually struggle to find with 100% Xino (not a popular view, I know). Maybe that’s why I find the Rapsani so much more appealing.
Anyway, for £9.50 this is a smashing glass of wine! Whether this will go with the salmon chermoulah - I have no idea, but hey! we had some fun