Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Kumala Zenith Merlot/Cab Sav/Shiraz - another bargain red

As I may have mentioned before, I have a rather random but effective wine purchasing strategy. I know roughly what I like (fruity dry whites and robust reds) but I don't know enough about my wine to be able to pick a bottle off the shelf and say for sure that it's going to be good.

Instead, I work on the principles that (1) I won't be too upset if I spend a fiver on a bottle and it turns out not to be too great, and (2) bottles on sale for a tenner are rarely unpleasant. When our wine stocks are a bit low, I therefore poke around the wine section of the supermarket for half-price ten(ish) pound bottles of wine of the general kind that I like. Sometimes it goes wrong but more often that not it seems to work out well.

The latest hit with this strategy was the "Zenith" Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend from Kumala winery. A "juicy, smooth full bodied red wine", this one paired very nicely with beef and mushroom stroganoff. Very quaffable and a real bargain at only £5 from Sainsbury's - get some while it's still on offer!


  1. A little more sophisticated than my approach- I look for a good ratio of low price and high volume. A good old £4.95 bottle with 13% volume. I don't care what it tastes like after 1/2 glass anyway :)

  2. It's 13.5% and currently a fiver. Get down to Sainsburys before it goes back up to £10. You won't be disappointed!


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