This Dub Style No.1 Bubbly 2016 is one of the most entertaining wines to have crossed my desk in a while.
From the ever-fertile mind of Dudley Brown and the talented Irina Santiago-Brown (who I called Irena recently, sorry), this is a skin fermented, semi-sweet, sparkling Viognier in a 375ml can.
Yes, you read correctly.
It’s an odd, but compelling, wine too.
Style-wise it’s closer to moscato than a cloudy skin contact white, and the sweetness evens out the tannins. But there is freshness and vitality in amongst the juicy flavours, and it never trips over into sickly territory, even though it’s obviously off-dry.
The fun factor here is off the charts. Warm day, over ice, with a little soda and this sits in an RTD-smashing groove.
Personally, it’s a little overtly sweet to drink much of it, but I’m likely in the minority. Entertainment high regardless. Scoring is hard, but I’m ok with where I’ve landed.
Best drinking: 2016-2017. 16.8/20, 89/100. 10.9%, $12 375ml can. Would I buy it? I’d go another can. Research.