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Sainsbury’s So Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

Some friends came round the other night and brought a bottle that they had been given. ABV: 14% Price: £4.99 Approx Retailer: Sainsburys Closure: Screwtop (Tin lined) Fairtrade Organically Grown Grapes Suitable for Vegetarian Vegan and Coeliacs No Sulphite Preservative Recommend to drink within 6 months of purchase
Posted 22nd October 2009        
     

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Some friends came round the other night and brought a bottle that they had been given.

ABV: 14%
Price: £4.99 Approx
Retailer: Sainsburys
Closure: Screwtop (Tin lined)

  • Fairtrade
  • Organically Grown Grapes
  • Suitable for Vegetarian
  • Vegan and Coeliacs
  • No Sulphite Preservative
  • Recommend to drink within 6 months of purchase


On opening we found it to smell and taste of beetroot, very earthy, strong and lacking fruitiness. There did not seem to be much identity to this Cabernet apart from a tannic structure, leaving a dry stale cake kind of aftertaste.

We felt it would have to be a Main Course wine, but not a wine for the connoisseur.

The label was trendy and modern which did not reflect the inferior wine.

Unfortunately our score in this case can only be 4/10.

The lack of preservatives means it has to be drunk fairly quickly, the basic principle of preservatives hasn’t changed in the last thousand years. The preservative (sulphur) consumes the air trapped in the bottle leaving just clean wine, which the Romans started by burning chunks of sulphur in wine containers which acted as a primitive preservative. It may turn to vinegar if you are not quick off the mark!

From the bottle:

Stellar Winery, 200 miles north of Cape Town is a fair-trade certified organic winery. Fairtrade ensures that growers are paid a fair price for their grapes and the Fairtrade Premium allows investment in community projects including healthcare plus a direct grant to the Stellar Fairtrade Workers Union.

Editor’s Note: It was interesting that this wine was well received by Jamie Goode in Dec 08 so perhaps almost a year further on the wine hasn’t aged too well.

     

One Response to “Sainsbury’s So Organic Cabernet Sauvignon 2008”

  1. Best wine ever !!I have a sulphite allergy which makes me sneeze and be very snuffly when I drink other wines. Organic wines are not too bad but So organic is wonderful for me Thanks!!

Meet the Author:
Julie & Neil Swift
This wine was reviewed by Julie and Neil Swift, both 51 years of age, and we have just had our first grandchild Zak. We live in the beautiful Peak District. Julie is the main wine taster as she was the daughter of a publican, learning to appreciate good wines from an early age. Neil has worked in the same place as a Lab Technician for the past 35 years, he was a football referee but now spends his Saturdays assessing referees. We are a very sociable couple who enjoy hosting and going to parties (most weekends!). My how time and taste buds have moved on from the Liebfraumilch days, although we believe it is making a comeback. Julie has collected menus and recipes from the 1970’s to the present day, the price of a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio was £3.40 in 1978 in Topo Gigios restaurant in London.