Quite often I feel that I'm overly critical about cheaper wine. Wines that I feel are characterless and boring can be drinks that some people, who don't care too much about what they drink, find as perfectly acceptable, Saturday night gluggers. Having said that though, there are some wines on the market that are simply horrific products that shouldn't be called wine, and I tasted two of them recently.
Both the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir from Rosemount Estate were, well, disgusting. A chemically element was present throughout both of these wines and you got the impression that they were made in a lab rather than a winery...
2009 Rosemount Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Light, clean grassy and elderflower aromas. A little bit of hot wild grass as well. Some alcohol comes out of the glass as well with a little gooseberry. The palate is pretty weak, with a little bit of Swizzles Matlow Drumstick Lolly, which is strange because they are supposed to taste of raspberries and milk, and further strange as I like Drumsticks, but hate this. Too much acid, too much fake fruit and this wine makes me get a headache and I dislike this more as it has put a negative memory in my head of Drumstick lollies. 65pts
I thought it couldn't get any worse - I was wrong.
2009 Rosemount Estate Pinot Noir
Whatever this is, it doesn't smell of Pinot Noir, it barely smells of wine! Sweet confected 'fruit juice' - one of those cheap Supermarket own brand fruit juice concentrates that smell like no fruit known to man. The palate is confected, with horrific chemically created flavours - so awful I couldn't take another mouthful. 60pts
You could forgive these wines if they were four pounds per bottle, but they are nearly double that. There is a wealth of wines available at less money that are vastly better - even if they are dull and boring. This pair of wines are simply inexcusable and should be sent to hell.