As I begin this review, I need to say that not all pairings work.
I mean, like, this one does. But then there was — okay. Let me clear up everything I’m trying to say. This is fast becoming a mess.
I was walking home earlier today and thought, “OH! Maybe that 2017 Diabolica Red would ALSO work with Sour Cherry Blasters!”
It just kinda tastes like more of the same. So, let’s move on to the Kit-Kats!
This is Eryn’s favourite pairing so far, I think. I heard tell that she was ripping into some Kit-Kats and Diabolica without me just last night.
2017 Diabolica Red
It’s a little hard to tell what’s gone on with this wine and I think Diabolica has planned it that way. They want things to be mischievous, mysterious, and their branding would have you believe that their wines would be what happened if you were to let Hermes make Dionysus’ wine.
I’m a nerd. And if you understood my Greek myth reference, let’s pretend we’re fist-bumping right now.
Year by year, I suspect that Diabolica has altered the make-up of this wine. And because I can’t just tell by taste in this case, I have to believe their website that this wine is made up of Merlot, Petit Verdot and Shiraz.
The Merlot makes perfect sense to my mouth. There are some strong hints of cherry and plum in this one.
The Diabolica Red has almost no tannin bite. It’s a smooth, slightly on the sweet side, medium to heavy bodied wine that sits a little heavier on the palette. It doesn’t seem to carry much acidity either.
The 2013 vintage of this wine is said to have done 11 months of oak aging. However, the 2017 that we’re talking about here carries only subtle hints that there was oak involved. So if you’re one of those wine drinkers that doesn’t usually like an oak taste to your wine, this might be a great gateway wine into reds.
Overall, if you want a fruit-forward, not-too-dry, and smooth red wine, the 2017 Diabolica Red is for you.
This was paired with uh… JOS LOUIS!
WAIT NO. THE FOLLOWING IS A BLOOPER PHOTO.
So, like I said right at the top: Not all pairings work.
Again, Jos Louis wasn’t bad. In fact, it was pretty good. But, the Jos Louis just didn’t stand up strong enough on its own.
So we moved right along to the Kit-Kats and that’s where we found our pairing.
I think the milk-chocolate and the wafer texture are the two things that allow the Kit-Kat to complement the Diabolica Red just right.
You get a smooth wine, but a crunchy wafer.
You get some cherry flavour from the wine, and the Kit-Kat takes that flavour and turns it up to 11. In the back of the mouth, we experienced a very pleasant flavour blend of the milk chocolate and wine that we could only call “intense” cherry flavour.
So anyway, that’s the crime. Break off a piece of that DIABOLIKAT.
I made that up just now. But you can use it.