guest wine review! 2016 Just Nuisance Merlot Pinotage

most of this review is thanks to a super special guest reviewer, my fiancée.

the wine is named after a dog who, as part of a series of wacky imperial adventures, was enlisted in the British Royal Navy. fuckin’ imperialist wine man.



From the back label:

Serving as an Able Seaman from 1939 to 1944 in Simon’s town, South Africa, Just Nuisance was the only dog ever enlisted in the Royal Navy. The Great Dane affectionately called Nuisance, a gentle giant always in the way of bustling sailors, was not only fond of boats and the company of seamen; he also often traveled on trains, with or without his companions. To cunningly circumvent the need for train tickets he was enlisted as Ordinary Seaman ‘Just Nuisance’. Bone Crusher by trade and Scrounger by affiliation he was promoted to the rank of Able Seaman,some of his ‘duties’ included stopping brawls between tipsy sailors and guiding them back to base after visiting pubs. This wine celebrates an icon of the Cape and the friendship between man and dog.

it’s hard for me to judge this dog too harshly for the British Empire’s crimes, particularly because inducting him into the Navy meant he could scam the super racist railroad company. anyways, on to the wine.

The fiancée’s notes are as follows:

first nose: wine-y, earthy, and flowery. taste: blackberries, smooth and dry at the end. really good wine; i think i did really good [picking it out]. works well with wedding planning and Gilmore Girls; would go well with pasta w/ red sauce, but also easy to drink on it’s own. i would say it’s an all-around crowd pleaser. i’d bring it to a party. 4/5.

[later] maybe getting black pepper on the tip of my tongue at the end. kind of medium bodied, not super complex and yet still very flavorful.

[even later] not good with cheese and fruit tho.


i only tried a little bit but here are my notes: lots of black pepper on the first nose; dry; i guess i sort of get blackberry but it seems more cassis? like it is boozy [eta, well it is 14%].

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