Happy Birthday @Inbar. Your birthday trip sounds delightful!
I bought a bunch of Society wines fairly randomly last week to revisit some old flames and shake up my casual midweek glasses a bit.
This week - 2 wines I have avoided in the shape of the Exhibition Shiraz Victoria and the Exhibition Pinotage Stellenbosch. Both bottles exhibited the typicity you’d expect from an Exhibition wine and both were revelatory in different ways.
I guess there was some emotional baggage still attached to Shiraz from youthful drinking when I didn’t know any better - however me and MrsPaul both found the oak and smoke spiciness of this Shiraz extremely easy and fun to enjoy. A bit like listening to an old record you still know all the words to. It served as a great reminder that for friends and BBQ’s this should be a contender. We certainly will revisit it for that this Summer.
The Pinotage was a case of once bitten, twice shy - years ago I made a note to myself to avoid it and unfortunately in this case I could have heeded my earlier advice. It certainly lived up to its reputation as a marmite varietal. I can see there’s some love that’s gone into this but a blue cheese finish is definitely not for me so case closed. MrsP seemed to like it more.
Either way, a good example of Exhibition Wines doing what they’re supposed to do. Great stuff!