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Club Classic red case tasting notes

La Vita Barbera d'Asti 2013

Rincon del Sol 2013

A fruity red with a vibrant ruby-purple colour, mouthwatering plum and cherry aromas and a seductively smooth palate of wild berry flavours that lingers with a nice balance.

About this wine:

This modern Malbec was made by Rodolfo ‘Opi’ Sadler, an Argentinian winemaker who truly represents what New World wine is all about. For over 30 years Opi has worked with some of his country’s best wine producers, especially in his beloved Mendoza. But he’s also amassed a great deal of international experience, working wine harvests in California, France and neighbouring Chile. All of which has given him an excellent skill at getting the best from different terroirs, as this characterful red shows.

Serving suggestion:

A meat-lover’s best friend, a Malbec like this is perfect for all kinds of grilled meats, as well as meaty pasta dishes, mildly spicy curries and semi-hard cheeses.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Mendoza

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

Michel Torino Coleccion Pinot Noir 2013

Casa Leona Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

This delightfully elegant red is characterised by its fragrant wild blackcurrant character, with backnotes of cherry, plum and cigar boxes adding to its complexity.

About this wine:

One of the world most highly-prized wine grapes, Cabernet Sauvignon has spread from its home in Bordeaux to conquer the world. Of all the countries producing quality wines from the grape, Chile has emerged as perhaps the most successful. Sourcing perfectly ripened grapes from the Rapel Valley’s dry and sunny La Palmeria vineyard close to the Pacific ocean, winemaker José Ignacio Cancino aged this wine in French oak for six months to add further complexity and

Serving suggestion:

Serve this rich red with grilled steaks, roast lamb and mature cheese. To preserve its quality the wine has only been minimally treated, so may throw a harmless sediment.

  • full-bodied red

  • Natural cork

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Rapel Valley

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £7.49 per bottle

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

River Retreat Shiraz 2013

Dark berry and chocolate aromas draw you into this wonderfully tempting wine, with cherry flavours mingling with toasty oak notes and soft tannins on the silky palate.

About this wine:

The Shiraz grapes for this wine were harvested in mid-to-late January – earlier than most Australian wine regions due to the intense summer heat in the Murray-Darling basin. The winemakers captured all the grapes’ naturally fresh character by taking full advantage of the inland region’s dry heat, which ensures the vines need very little disease control and chemical use. A touch of French and American oak helped to round out the flavours of this deep and delicious red.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this powerful wine within a year, either by itself or to accompany chargrilled steaks, chops and burgers, roast venison or a spicy pepperoni and mushroom pizza.

  • full-bodied fruity red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Murray-Darling

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.99 per bottle

Finca Manzanos Selectión de Víctor Rioja 2011

Fat Louis ‘Road to Nowhere’ 2013

Plenty of rich plum, cherry and blackberry aromas jump out at you, then the more complex flavours of bell pepper, vanilla and spice reveal themselves on the palate.

About this wine:

Nestled in the hills north of Béziers between the larger wineproducing areas of Minervois and Faugères, the St-Chinian appellation sits right in the centre of the Languedoc region. It was here that Briton Simon Whittle found himself in 1989, having left behind his lucrative financial career in search of a better quality of life. Gradually learning the craft of winemaking, Simon now makes mouthwatering wines for Cave de Saint-Chinian, such as this highly characterful Cabernet Sauvignon.

Serving suggestion:

Let this wine breathe and it will repay you by making the perfect foil for all kinds of juicy red meats, herby grilled vegetables and mildly spiced curries.

  • full-bodied spicy red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc-St-Chinian

  • Grape Variety

    Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.99 per bottle

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Lautarul Pinot Noir 2013

This textbook Pinot Noir offers an expressive wild strawberry, cherry and smokey forest-floor bouquet over a focused palate of crunchy red fruits and cheerful acidity.

About this wine:

Eastern Europe is something of a new frontier for winemaking. Its indigenous wines are being re-energised and talented young winemakers from all over the world are heading there. This exceptional Pinot Noir, for instance, was made by Australian Hartley Smithers and Spaniard Nora Iriate, who’ve both worked at different wineries around the world. They’ve pooled their experiences to create a wine that’s inspired by the great Pinots of Western Europe and the New World, as well as being

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine over the next three years alongside pasta with wild mushrooms, pork stroganoff, chicken casseroles and tomato-based dishes.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    36 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Romania | Timisoara

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir (85%) plus Alicant Buchet, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Alcohol

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Campo Castillo Garnacha 2013

This modern Spanish red turns the spotlight on the Garnacha grape, offering ripe raspberry, strawberry and floral aromas over a fruity palate with a lingering finish.

About this wine:

The conditions in Spain’s Aragon region are perfect for the Garnacha grape. Garnacha needs long, hot summers to achieve full ripeness, and the southern Aragon area of Campo de Borja provides just that. Due to the ripeness of the grapes, Garnacha wines from here are generally left unblended, such as this fine example from winemaker José Luis Chueca. Indeed, so pleased was José Luis with this particular crop of grapes, he also left this wine unoaked to display all its luscious fruit purity.

Serving suggestion:

Super versatile and easy-going, this wine would be fantastic over the next two years, either by itself or with gourmet pizzas, pasta dishes, simple casseroles and semi-hard cheeses.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain | Campo de Borja, Aragon

  • Grape Variety

    Garnacha

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £8.49 per bottle

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