FLABBERGAST Cinsault & Flannel Pyjamas. The name alludes to the astonishing versatility of this rewarding grape, so it states on the back label. And non more so than Erika Obermeyer’s.
Versatility in wine is a blessing. A wine you can turn to in any situation; it offers comfort, it brings joy. A wine for every season. And under lockdown any hour? This wine has been the perfect pairing for an array of dishes, I’ve recently enjoyed it with beef tacos, chorizo and bean soup, and sometimes it pairs perfectly with just me and my own thoughts. It’s the kind of wine that you can always rely on. A bit like your favourite pyjama bottoms & slippers; (my quarantine uniform!)
In its infantile state it was fresh and smashable with bright red fruit and discreet tannins. After a few years of bottle age; it’s gained a little more depth; the fruit is still very much present just a bit darker, there is a meaty broodiness to it now, notes of black tea and olives are more noticeable. The tannins are poised, the acidity a little more restrained. It still brightens up my day, and will do for many more years as it ages gracefully.