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November Club Classic red case tasting notes

Camino de los Andes Malbec 2013

Camino de los Andes Malbec 2013

A deep ruby-red malbec with plum, blackberry and spice aromas over a lively, medium-bodied palate offering silky tannins, lingering cherry notes and a hint of sun-baked earth

About this wine:

The Maule Valley lies at the southern end of Chile’s Central Valley and is one of the country’s coolest wine producing areas. The Maule river flows through the valley from east to west, providing the region’s different alluvial soil types, which included granite, red clay, loam and gravel. On the slopes where the vineyards grow, the soils are free-draining and more fertile than on the valley floor. This wine was made by Renato Guerro at the family-owned CWC winery, who have 665 hectares of vines in the heart of the valley

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this versatile red over the next year, served at room temperature or lightly chilled alongside pink lamb chops, seared duck breasts or fillet steak.

  • Fruity medium-
    bodied red

  • screw cap
     

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Maule Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec

  • Alcohol

    13.50%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Burra Brook Merlot 2012

Burra Brook Merlot 2012

A deliciously lively and refreshing Australian red bursting with squishy ripe fruit and fresh grassy notes over a soft and easy-going palate showing a hint of warm oak

About this wine:

This is just the sort of ripe and fruity red that has made merlot such a popular grape variety and Australia such a beacon of easy-going, anytime wines. Affable, versatile and very, very drinkable, this wine was made by Paul Milton, who had his pick of perfectly ripe grapes from across South East Australia’s sun-drenched vineyards. The fine tannin structure combined with the balance of fruit and delicate oak to make this a most enjoyable everyday wine.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this red within the next six months, either on its own as a party wine, alongside Italian meat-and-tomato dishes, or even roast turkey.

  • Fruity medium-
    bodied red

  • Screw cap
     

  • suitable for vegetarians

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australian (South East Australia)

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot

  • Alcohol

    13.50%

  • SRP

    £47.94 for case of 6 (£7.99 each)

Tierra y Hombre Pinot Noir 2013

Tierra y Hombre Pinot Noir 2013

A delightfully mouthwatering and perfumed pinot noir bursting with ripe summer berry, violet and wood smoke notes over a subtly rounded and lingering finish

About this wine:

The Casablanca Valley, lying 75km northwest of Santiago, was Chile’s first cool climate region and quickly became a haven for producing top quality sauvignon, chardonnay and pinot noir wines. This lovely pinot was made by the highly experienced winemaker Roberto Carranca, who has managed to draw out lots of vibrant primary fruit character from the grapes while keeping the wine balanced by fine acidity. Roberto aged a portion of the wine in French oak to give it a subtle creamy softness over the lingering finish.

Serving suggestion:

Soft yet refreshing, this wine makes a perfect match for grilled tuna or lightly spiced Asian dishes such as a Thai red curry with duck or beef.

  • Light fruity red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    6 Months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Casablanca)

  • Grape Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Alcohol

    13.50%

  • SRP

    £50.94 for case of 6 (£8.49 each)

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Coli’ 2013

Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC ‘Coli’ 2013

A straw-coloured northern Italian white with lemon and floral aromas over a hint of ripe apricot. In the mouth it is crisp, dry and focused, offering plenty of mouthwatering fruit notes, tangy freshness and a well balanced finish

About this wine:

The Coli wine cellar originated near Florence in 1926, started by brothers Piero and Gino Coli to represent the best wines of the Tuscany region and beyond. This montepulciano was produced using grapes sourced from the Chieti, Aquila, Pescara and Teramo provinces dotted around the wild hills of the Abruzzo region. According to DOC laws, it is only in this area, between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic coast, that Montepulciano d’Abruzzo wines can be made. This is one of the real classic wines of Italy, a humble, unoaked and mouthwatering food wine that just couldn’t be produced anywhere else.

Serving suggestion:

A classic violet-hued montepulciano offering bright red cherry and floral notes over hints of tobacco and mocha. The palate is nicely balanced with a dry, peppery finish.

  • Medium-bodied red

  • Natural cork

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    24 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Italy (Abruzzo)

  • Grape Variety

    Montepulciano

  • Alcohol

    12.50%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Mon Roc Carignan Merlot, Vin de France 2013

Mon Roc Carignan Merlot, Vin de France 2013

This juicy blend delivers plenty of sunny southern French charm, offering sweet red fruit aromas, ground pepper and cinnamon notes over a smooth, spicy palate that ends on fine tannins

About this wine:

While the New World’s easy-to-understand varietal wines have familiarised people with different grape varieties and helped them identify those they like, for many it’s still the harmony and balance of blends that hold the key to wine’s allure. This example pairs the bramble fruit complexity of old vine carignan grapes with the more plummy opulence of merlot, creating a wine overflowing with generous autumnal fruitiness. The winemakers haven’t used any oak maturation in this blend, further emphasising its elegant fruity character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at cool room temperature as an accompaniment to peppery minute steaks, cottage pie or a homemade duck liver pâté.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • Not suitable for
    vegetarians

  • drink within
    6 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France (Languedoc-Roussillon)

  • Grape Variety

    Carignan, Merlot

  • Alcohol

    12%

  • SRP

    £50.94 (Case of 6)

Lautarul Fetească Neagră 2013

Lautarul Fetească Neagră 2013

A well-balanced, purple-hued red wine offering crunchy blackcurrant and prune aromas over an intensely fruity and succulent palate. A delicate, food-friendly wine with a smooth finish

About this wine:

The town of Recas in western Romania, close to the Hungarian and Serbian borders, has a long tradition of winemaking that dates back to at least 1447. The Cramale Recas winery was founded here in 1999. Today, the company’s winemaking is headed up by Australian Hartley Smithers and Spaniard Nora Iriate, who’ve both worked at different wineries around the world. They crafted this wine from the indigenous fetească neagră variety, which is also known as the black maiden grape and is famed for its distinctively smooth, fruit-forward wines.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine at room temperature or even lightly chilled within three years, either on its own or with spicy pasta dishes or meatloaf.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    3 Years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Romania (Banat)

  • Grape Variety

    Fetească Neagră

  • Alcohol

    12.50%

  • SRP

    £47.94 (Case of 6)

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