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Wine Of The Day 3rd December 2007 

Monday, 3 December 2007

Today's wine has been chosen as a perfect match with Kevin's Christmas Ham.

Name: Misiones de Rengo Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah

Producer: Misiones de Rengo
Price: Was €9.99 now €8.99 until the end of December
Available: Eurospar, Spar and SparExpress
Vintage: 2005
Country Region: Chile, Rapel Valley
Grape Variety: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and 30% Syrah

Tasting Notes:
This is a full bodied wine, with perfectly balanced fruit, tannins and acidity. It has typical Cabernet Sauvignon characteristics of blackcurrant fruits, but also with hints of black cherries, spice and dark chocolate. The Syrah brings an additional jamminess to the blend. The wine is unfiltered and so can produce some sediment if kept for a period of time.

Why this wine was chosen for this dish:
Sometimes Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be very tannic i.e. the dry feeling on the gums similar to the sensation from a strong cup of tea. As this wine is a blend with Syrah and also that it is a couple of years old, it has had time to mellow and will make an excellent accompaniment to the ham.

Any wine stories or awards:
Misiones de Rengo wines are successful new addition to the Spar wine range this year!