As many of you are aware, I always bring wine and snacks to the ice rink when watching my husband’s hockey games [to help keep warm of course]. I usually fill my glass nalgene with a value wine that I’ve enjoyed in the past. The other night though my sister brought over the 1.5 litre [or as we call it ‘family size’] Rex Goliath Free Range Red to accompany watching the game.
Rex Goliath was established in 2002 as a successful value label within the Hahn Family of Wines. In 2005 it was purchased by Constellation Brands, an incredibly massive international producer and marketer of wine, beer and spirits. A treasured circus attraction at the turn of the 20th century, the label depicts the poster that hung above the roost of Rex the “World’s Largest Rooster”.
Dark garnet in colour with faint aromas of strawberry and white pepper. Cherry and strawberry flavours merged into black pepper and cigar box spice in the compact finish. Rather muted and with a bit of heat on the finish, it was passable in a freezing hockey rink along with cheese and crackers, but I don’t think I’d be inclined to pour it again.
Winemaker’s blend of Syrah and Zinfandel
Vinted and Bottled by HRM Rex-Goliath Winery, Madera
$9 [1.5 Litre]