Chinese Red Wine

Chinese Red Wine

Chinese red wine. That is, red wine from China. No, really. On Tuesday night whilst perusing the aisles of Morrisons supermarket I found one bottle of very dusty and rather trendy labelled Chinese Red Wine. It appears, from the inch thick layer of dust covering these bottles, that Chinese wines are not all the rage in deepest darkest Sutton but, as a Brit who will routinely cheer for the under dog, I took pity on it and took it home to accompany my low fat dinner. Chinese red wine and low fat dinners – Livin la Vida Loca!

Now, whilst trying to find out a little bit about the producer, the area the wine was produced etc etc, I found that no one else in the world, excluding myself has ever tried this wine. FACT. I can’t find it to buy anywhere, I can’t find another geeks notes, not on cellar tracker, not on the interweb, this wine is my own personal Narnia. In fact I’m really not sure it’s called Silkroad anymore so I’m going to have to re buy and then edit this post! Apart from the review there is little more to say about Silkroad Cabernet Sauvignon. No photos or nuffink!

So instead I will tell you what we all know, in every situation in life and that is, that the Chinese are coming. China is one of the fastest growing markets for wine, with white wine a symbol of femininity and class for women and red wine a symbol of power and wealth for men. Whilst the fashion is for European and American top name wines the Chinese themselves are starting to produce better wines, and with their economy can produce wine extremely cheaply with both land and labour insanely cheap. That factor didn’t pass itself onto “Silkroad“, the wine was £5.99, and for such an unknown quantity this is quite a price.

China doesn’t naturally lend itself to grape growing so the fact this wine tasted under ripe and at times, plain bizarre isn’t a surprise. Knock £2 off this wine though and we’re starting to get into a decent, quaffable price range.

Silk Road Carbernet Sauvignon 2005PASS – £5.99
Sitting dark purple in the glass the wine is aromatically forward with a chocolate/cherry nose but also a touch of fake sweetness. On the palate the wine is less interesting and a touch over acidic and under ripe. Pleasant to drink but not with the tell tale signs of classic Cabernet, disappeared fast on the finish. Despite all these drawbacks the wine was more than drinkable though I wouldn’t buy it again for £6. 83 Points

Where can I buy this wine?
Morrisons. Supermarkets worldwide are embracing Chinese wines, probably because there is a massive mark up on it!

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15 thoughts on “Chinese Red Wine

  1. Bulgarian wine is very cheap with a growing reputation. If your store stold Chinese wine I would make a large bet they sell Bulgarian and these wines are not overhyped like your chinese experience.

    Try one.

  2. Hi Lar,

    I’ve heard a few things about Georgian wines, I don’t think they go down well in the Kremlin.

    I just read your review, seems like you got a better bottle than me. Shall keep an eye out for your Chinese wine. Thanks for the comments.

    Moonkin – duly noted. Agree re: the hype.

  3. I’m a stickler for wines from the States and I rarely go outside my comfort zone. The furthest afield I’ve tried is Chile, zany.

  4. A friend traveled to Thailand to visit her son and brought back a bottle of Thai red for me “because you like wine”. It was awful. I suspect handling as well as processing lead to it’s demise, but that was the “bizarre” one on my books.

  5. Only once tried a bottle of Chinese wine and wasn’t impressed. Would like to try something else but there isn’t that many on the US market.

  6. The Chinese Wine from the Silk Road you tried in Morissons comes from Suntime wine company. This company and vineyards, the biggest in all Asia (10’000 hc) are located in Xinjiang Province (extreme north west of China), on 44° north parallel.
    SUNTIME wines is the number one Chinese wine brand in the French market and it is distributed in most Chinese restaurants there and also in Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. Soon you will hear more about SUNTIME which is coming in coming months with more complexe quality wines (aged wines).

    Enjoy Chinese wines with Asian food and you will definitly like it.

  7. I’ve also had a Chinese wine … it was about a month ago. Served blind, I thought it was a Jackson-Triggs Meritage from here in Ontario. It was awful, but I’ve had way worse. The wine? Great Wall Red. It was gifted to my friend by someone involved with the Canadian Olympic entourage that was in Beijing.

    That said … again, I thought it was an Ontario Meritage. Other people agreed with me, and once the bag came off the bottle, we thought it was hilarious. Apparently that’s what I think about our home-grown Meritage blends! Horrible!

  8. As mentioned, China Silk is made on Suntime land in Xinjiang. As far as I can tell, it is export only – at least, I haven’t a single bottle of it here in Beijing.

    There are similar operations there such as Dragon’s Hollow that sells in the US market.

    There are also decent wines made and sold in China, but they don’t tend to be good value when compared to Australian, Chilean and other imports of the same price.

    Cheers, J. Boyce

  9. Dear director & marketing manager,

    Please do not add any artificial harmful colour and sugar,etc for considering social Ethics and increase market.
    I use my sensitive body, recovering from sick soon, to test whether food is harmful.
    Dow’s Fine Ruby and California Rossi red wine damage my health very much.
    They will lead people more easily to have cancer. TsingTao beer is the most
    famous and popular beer in China which is not harmful to human’s health according to my sensitive
    test. Martell may be better red wine. Please see http://www.buddhism-food-cancer.org.hk

    Yours faithfulling,

    Alice Lam
    Chairman of the association

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