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Club Classic red case tasting notes

Viña Palaciega Rioja Joven 2013

Las Corazas Tempranillo, Spain 2014

This medium-bodied Spanish red offers plenty of sweet autumn fruit (think old fashioned punnets of over-ripe strawberries), vanilla spice and warm oak flavours. The aromas are smooth and well integrated, while the flavours linger nicely.

About this wine:

Tempranillo is now world-famous for being Spain’s very own noble grape variety, flourishing across the country and producing easy going, fruit forward wines. This juicy example hails from a family-owned bodega in Fuente Álamo, Castilla y León, and packs a whole lot of sunny Iberian charm. Sourcing grapes from the estate’s 30 year old vines, winemaker Joan Gonzalez aged this tempranillo briefly in American oak barrels, which adds a lovely vanillary smoothness to the fruit.

Serving suggestion:

Highly versatile with simple rustic foods, enjoy this wine with everything from grilled chorizo to a peppery Spanish omelette, slow roast shoulder of pork or spicy Mexican tacos. Drink within a year.

  • Soft and fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Castilla y León)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Tempranillo

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £51 (per case of 6)

Maravilla Carmenère 2013

Seigneur Jean de Roze, France 2014

A fruity southern French Syrah with ripe blackberry and spicy pepper notes over silky tannins. Perfect for easy-going mid-week meals, this medium-bodied red is a testament to the time honoured winemaking traditions of the Languedoc.

About this wine:

The village of Saint-Chinian lies in the heart of the Languedoc, 40 miles from the Mediterranean coast. Nestled in the Vernazobres valley, this is a picturesque area is surrounded by vines and heavily influenced by the work of the local vignerons. The Cave des Vignerons de Saint-Chinian cooperative have 850 hectares of vines across the local appellations, mostly planted on schist and chalky clay soils. The Syrah vines for this wine are 20 years old, so just entering their prime, as revealed in the depth of the fruit flavours.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this easy-going unoaked red anytime, with beef casserole or roast chicken, charcuterie, semi-soft cheeses or even just on its own. Ready to drink straight away.

  • Fresh and fruity red

  • Natural cork

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Saint - Chinian)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Syrah

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £54 (per case of 6)

Burra Brook Shiraz 2012

‘El Guardián’ Tempranillo, Spain 2014

This fresh modern Rioja is a real treat if you’re used to more traditional, oakier styles. Bursting with ripe red fruit aromas, notes of liquorice and spices, this is a well structured red that’s guaranteed to put some sun in your heart.

The central area of the Rioja region is characterised by its red clay soils, that are high in mineral deposits, abundant continental sunshine and south-facing vineyards. It’s an area perfect for growing vines, where vignerons can easily produce well ripened grapes. They’re assisted in their efforts by El Guardián birds, which are often seen in the Rioja vineyards, eating insects and other vine pests. It’s said that the presence of El Guardián birds limits the use of insecticides and helps promote more sustainable viticultural practices.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this fresh-tasting red with Spanish tapas style foods like spicy charcuterie, paella with chicken and chorizo, meat stews or cheese dishes. Drink within a year.

  • Fresh and fruity red

  • Synthetic cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Rioja)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Tempranillo

  • ALCOHOL

    12.7% by volume

  • SRP

    £57 (per case of 6)

Deakin Estate Shiraz Viognier 2013

Casa de Pancas, Portugal 2014

A characterful Portuguese red with elegant aromas of ripe red fruit, herbs and baking spice. The flavours are fresh and nicely complex, showing good structure and balance.

About this wine:

Portuguese winemaker Frederico Vilar Gomes founded Casca Wines in 2008, sourcing grapes from single-vineyard plots to craft wines that truly represent his homeland. Today, Frederico is chief winemaker of Companhia das Quintas, which operates to much the same philosophy, only on a less boutique scale. The grapes for this wine came from the vineyards of Casa de Pancas in the Quinta de Pancas area of Lisbao. Blending local varieties Castelão and Tinta Roriz with Merlot, Frederico left the wine unoaked to highlight the quality and unique characteristics of the western Portuguese terroir.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this red with everything from barbecued steaks to tomato-rich pasta dishes, with mid-week meals or as a weekend party wine. It will keep for a couple of years, but it's also ready to drink now.

  • Complex, fruity red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Portugal (Alenquer)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Merlot, Castilla and Tinta Roriz

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6

Louis Alexandre Grenache-Syrah 2013

Ketrawe Cabernet Sauvignon, Chile 2014

A powerful Chilean Cabernet with a deep garnet colour and bold aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries, revealing back notes of cocoa and baking spices. In the mouth it is deliciously smooth, rounded and balanced

About this wine:

Known as the heartland of Chilean wine, the Central Valley is perfectly suited to the cultivation of vines. Lying between the Andes and Pacific coast, the region stretches from Santiago to Bío Bío and enjoys many diverse microclimates. The Mapuche people, the indigenous inhabitants of south-central Chile, hold the land of the Central Valley in great regard, and once knew it as ‘Ketrawe’ meaning noble land that delivers its fruits under the wise hand of man. Although grape vines are a relatively new arrival to the country, the success of the wine industry here fully embodies the Mapuche sentiment.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this rich red by itself or better still, as a partner to full-flavoured dishes like spicy lamb koftes, merguez sausages or peppery steaks. It would also work well with Mediterranean-style dishes like roasted veg with feta cheese.

  • Powerfully fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Central Valley)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Cabernet Sauvignon, Carmenere

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £54 (per case of 6)

Herehuis Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013

Zebra View Malbec, South Africa 2013 vintage

A full-bodied South African malbec with dark berry aromas and lovely perfumed notes. Flavours are well pronounced, with sweet cassis, poached summer fruits and hints of nutmeg over a soft oaky finish.

About this wine:

South Africa’s Western Cape includes the dry land wine regions of Swartland, Paarl and Stellenbosch, where the decomposed granite soils, abundant sunshine and cooling coastal influence help grapes ripen with great winemaking potential. For this seductive red, winemaker Tertius Boshoff selected grapes from across the Cape, blending Malbec with a small amount of Tannat and using a mix of different winemaking techniques to craft a wine with bright aromatics and a smooth, lengthy palate. The wine was aged for a year in French oak barrels to harmonise the fruit flavours and add a warm, spicy richness.

Serving suggestion:

This full-flavoured red is ready to drink straight away and will match well with everyday classics like spaghetti Bolognese or crispy roast duck, or just sip it by itself. It'll keep for up to two years.

  • Powerfully fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Western Cape)

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Malbec, Tannat

  • ALCOHOL

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6

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