Spanish and South African Reds Nothing Special with Herb Roasted Lamb

We had visitors for dinner and had a Herb Roasted Lamb recipe from Delia. We opened a bottle of Don Elias Garnacha 2008 from Sunday Times Wine Club.  A few months ago we had a Don Elias Gran Reserva 2000, a Catalunyan red  (see 24th October 2010), and thought this blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo and Garnacha, matured in oak for three years before bottling was a great match.  However, the 2008 Garnacha was medium-bodied and while we all thought it was a pleasant match with the Lamb, we felt a full-bodied wine would have been much better.  We also opened a Namaqua Diamond Coast Reserve Shiraz 2010 from Tesco.  Described as a soft, ripe, full red wine with juicy red berry flavours and a hint of spicy oak on the rich, warm palate.  Medium to full-bodied, this was a marginally better match, but not outstanding.

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