Bad Wine: Tempus Two Pewter Merlot 2004

I hate it when a wine disappoints. 90% of my wine is supermarket bought in the £5 to £15 range (excl Champagne), that’s about $10 to $30. With the excellent quality of New World wines these days you shouldn’t really get a bad wine at £10 a bottle. Unfortunately I did at the weekend.

Lisa Mcguigan’s Tempus Two Pewter Merlot 2004

I’d been looking forward to this for a while. A few years ago I was lucky enough to visit the Hunter Valley in Australia and spent lunchtime at the main Mcguigan vineyard (opposite the strikingly modern Tempus Two vineyard). Now, that was a bit over-commercialised for me but I’ve always likes Mcguigan wines and even had their “Bin 2000 Mertlot” at my wedding.

So, I opened it, let it get to temperature and air for a while etc. Well… it was just… not nice. I’m no wine buff who can tell you all that was wrong with it but it was just too… tannin. You know? A bit too bitter, not what I’d expect from a Merlot, tasted like a bad Shiraz. I left it a day (as we all know, leaving red wine open for a day ALWAYS improves it’s taste). A day later? Still poor.

What a shame, these days there shouldn’t be a poor £10 bottle of New World Merlot. This one was. Maybe Lisa needs a little longer to work on her wines.

I’m afraid this wine gets a poor 1 out of 5.

1 out of 5

Tempus Two

Tempus Two Pewter Merlot 2004

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