Bad Wines: The Cacophonous Imbalance of Yellow Tail Shiraz
I like bad action movies. Cliched dialogue, gratuitous violence, and less than moving acting all define one of my favourite genres. However, never would I try to claim these movies have cinematic merit. Subjectively, I enjoy them immensely. But on an objective level, I know they are poor movies. Similarly, it is important to note the quantifiable difference between good and bad wines. The number one quality a good wine must possess is balance. All the flavours should work together in orchestral harmony, complimenting one another and stimulating the palate. To provide an example of one that lacks even the faintest hint of balance, I thought I’d go ahead and do a proper tasting of my least favourite wine of all time, the 2012 Yellow Tail, Shiraz. It is enormously popular, being one of the most imported wines into North America. Yet, it possesses several inherent flaws that undoubtedly qualify it as a ‘bad’ wine.