Daily Archives: Friday, 11th Aug 2006

Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz

I’ve mentioned my liking for the fine products of Wolf Blass once or twice before. You might recall that I’m very partial to the Yellow Label Cabernet Sauvignon. I’d heard that the Yellow Label range had been expanded to include a Merlot and a Shiraz, but I hadn’t got hold of either of those. Until now.

Earlier this week, I wandered into my local Oddbins to see if they had anything interesting. And would you believe it, they had one bottle of the 2003 Yellow Label Shiraz. At £7.50 it was well worth a try, so I bought it.

And a Friday evening seemed like a good time to sample it. I had some pasta for dinner, and there’s nothing like a good red wine to got with pasta, is there?

I was slightly apprehensive about this wine, to be honest. Given the choice, I’d generally go for a Shiraz in preference to a Cabernet. But the Yellow Label, once it’s matured a bit[1] is just so good, that with the exception of the one bottle of the quite stunningly wonderful Wolf Blass Black Label I had a few years ago[2], it’s my favourite wine. But if they could produce a Shiraz of equivalent quality at the same price, then that might just be my new favourite wine.

So, what’s it like then? Well, it’s really quite superb. Lots of body, lots of complex flavour and that lovely Shiraz spiciness. Is it my new favourite wine? Well, it’s a bit too soon to say. I’ll have to get some more, and see how I get on with those. But it does look promising. :grin:

[1] The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon turned into a very gluggable wine
[2] At £40 a bottle, it’s not something I make a habit of. I managed to get one for £30, which persuaded me to try it. It was a bargain. Really.

The Eggcorn Database

Now this is disturbing. The Eggcorn Database presents an ever-growing collection of bizarre linguistic mangling. Eggcorn? Ah, yes. It’s an expression from the Language Log for those occasions where someone uses the wrong word, typically a homophone, or a moderately close approximation for one. Examples include:

  • Floorless for flawless
  • Turban for turbine

And many, many more.

Thanks to Michèle for that one.

Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

No, I’m not promoting Superman Returns, but I am just getting into the work of Sam Duckworth, who works under the delightfully silly name of Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Sam plays acoustic guitar accompanied by whatever sounds he can persuade his laptop to create. And the results are rather good. He’s been compared to Billy Bragg, and there is a certain similarity to Billy’s earlier work – the minimalist approach, the political angle, and good use of language. His voice is likely to appeal to more people than the less than dulcet tones of Billy, though.

So, what do we have here? There are three tracks on this single:

Call me Ishmael: this starts off gently enough, and could be the product of any of a million sensitive singer-songwriter types, but the lyrics are slightly above the average

You are not your job
and you are not the clothes you wear

all about rising above the limitations of dead-end jobs and doing something to make the most of your life. The video is worth a look, too. Sam and some other people escape from their jobs through underground tunnels, only to come up somewhere unexpected.

I-Spy: This one’s growing on me rapidly

I spy with my little eye
Something that begins with
I don’t care

And there’s another silly video…

To Have and Have Not: As if to confirm the Billy Bragg comparison, the final track is a cover of a song from Billy’s first album, and Sam does justice to it. Good stuff.

You can see some videos and hear some tracks on the official site, and there’s more stuff on MySpace.

There’s an album due in September. Watch out for a review.