We’re right in the thick of the Cricket World Cup, bats are out, googlies thrown, and Eddy from our Leith Walk store wants to know what wine you’re sipping on while you hit a sticky wicket.
So the Aussies amongst you may think you are going to smash the poms out of the park. I wouldn’t agree… However, we have the perfect tipple for you to celebrate every slog for 6 off Broad’s bowling, that will no doubt be celebrated vociferously by the MCG crowd, thanks to Broad’s pre-match jibes.
So my Aussie suggestion and my Wine of The World Cup is the Jim Barry Cover Drive. This wine is grown by the prestigious Jim Barry and is so named because the Penola Cricket Ground stood where Jim now grows this top quality Cabernet. An intense, fragrant nose of cassis, vanilla and spice. It offers a generous palate of blackcurrants, liquourice and cherry flavours. A real winner with a block of cheese or some red meat.
As a slightly biased Englishman I think we’ll be lifting the trophy come the 29th March. So what better selection than England’s very own:
Nyetimber Classic Cuvee 2009. This has beaten some of the top champagnes in blind tastings. So what better way to celebrate?! A classic champagne blend of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, this displays Citrus fruit, brioche and shortbread on the nose. This is an elegant fizz with a delicate mouth-filling mousse.
Ok, so the one thing to consider for us UK-based cricket fans is that these matches will be on rather late at night. So, if you’re lucky enough not to have work the day after perhaps it’d be wise to drink something that won’t put you to sleep!
My South African choice is the Raats Granite Blocks Chenin Blanc 2013. I had a lovely South African lady come in asking about Raats wines, her pronunciation of Raats was quite special and so I couldn’t pick anything else to be South Africa’s tipple for the World Cup. Pop in and grab Yourself a Rrraaatz!
New Zealand have some big-hitters in their ranks both in cricket terms and in the wine world. I’ve chosen Waimea Estate’s Grüner Veltliner, new-in to Majestic, as their tipple of choice for the world cup. This is deliberately made in an off-dry style. Originally an Austrian grape variety this is an interesting, top notch wine. New Zealand producers, much like top one day batsmen, are not scared to experiment with different varieties. They have been extremely successful with this and they definitely show they are not just solely about Sauvignon blanc!
On a great deal right now, down from £14.99 to £9.99 this Grüner Veltliner is a fresh and crisp wine with a little more mouthfeel than your average Sauvignon. Stoned fruit mingle with the white pepper and minerality which gives this a crisp finish.
To finish off I will leave you with some incredibly tenuous links to the other nations playing in the tournament so as to not leave anyone out!
- For the West Indies I’ve chosen our Red Leg Rum which has all the West Indies flair and spice in it. A top rum for the same price as Captain Morgans. Much more interesting in my humble opinion.
- For Pakistan some Majestic stores have some top quality alcohol free beers which aren’t to be sniffed at as the night drags on!
- Ireland – Jameson’s whisky? Sorry guys, if anyone knows of any Irish producers of beers or ciders that we should stock that we don’t, let me know!
- India – Some majestic stores stock the Indian Runner Golden Ale, 4.7%. Brewed in the UK but with food matching in mind, this is an interesting beer with a great depth of flavour that can stand up to spicy food.
- Bangladesh – No luck for me here. Comment with suggestions! Tenuous links can only go so far…
- Scotland – As a native of Edinburgh I love going to different bars and tasting all the different local craft beers that are cropping up all over the place. Barney’s was one particular favourite from a small craft brewery in the meadows. Maybe that would be a good choice, or you could go with Deuchars IPA (Available in our Scottish Stores – Ed.)
- Zimbabwe – Another struggle. I knew we stocked the Caracal from South Africa, which is a great Bordeaux style wine from South Africa. So I used the old Google to check if the Caracal (feline version) is native to Zimbabwe.. and it is!! Marvellous.
- UAE and Afghanistan – Sorry no luck.. suggestions, preferably humorous ones, in the comments below please!