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Luis Felipe Edwards Classic Merlot, Central Valley, Chile 2014

Luis Felipe Edwards Classic Merlot, Central Valley, Chile 2014

A deep Merlot rich with plum, baking spices and bitter chocolate notes. Well structured and bursting with character, it offers a freshness and complexity rarely seen at this level.

About this wine:

Known as the heartland of Chilean wine, the Central Valley is perfectly suited to the cultivation of vines. Wedged between the Andes and Pacific coast, the region stretches from Santiago to Bío Bío and enjoys many diverse microclimates. With vineyards across much of the region, Luis Felipe Edwards are able to make wines that truly represent their region. This red was made by winemaker Nicolas Bizzari, who blended in 10% Carmenère grapes to add depth and complexity to the Merlot, maturing a little of the wine in oak to soften and round out its character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine while young – preferably within two years of purchase – by itself or with roast chicken, good quality pasta dishes and pizza, or with cheese.

  • Bold, fruity red

  • Screw cap
     

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    or vegans

  • drink within
    2 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile (Central Valley)

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot, Carmenère

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

Carche Valley Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain 2013

Carche Valley Monastrell, Jumilla, Spain 2013

Bursting with plum, blackberry and baking spice aromas, this rounded Spanish red offers ripe red fruit and coffee flavours on the palate, with delicate tannins and a peppery, mineral finish.

About this wine:

The Jumilla region in southeast Spain, between the Mediterranean coast and the Castile-La-Mancha plateau, is a hot and arid region where the vineyards are planted at around 600 metres to benefit from the sharp drop in nighttime temperatures. Despite the heat and dryness, the Monastrell grape thrives here, aided by a lime-rich subsoil that retains moisture. Carche Valley’s head winemaker Marcial Martinez sourced the grapes for this wine from low yielding 60 year old vines, which produce deeply concentrated berries. The wine was left unoaked to show off the fruits’ character.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this rustic red with hearty casseroles like venison and juniper or beef short-ribs cooked in herbs and wine. It’s also great with meat pies and mature cheeses. Drink within 18 months.

  • Fruity, rustic red

  • Natural cork
     

  • Suitable for
    vegetarians
    or vegans

     

  • drink within
    18 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain (Jumilla)

  • Grape Variety

    Monastrel

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

Terras de Alleu, Douro, Portugal 2013

Terras de Alleu, Douro, Portugal 2013

A bright ruby Portuguese red with wild red fruit aromas and hints of toasty sweet oak, follows in the mouth with a smooth, fruit-forward palate that’s deliciously moreish.

About this wine:

While most closely associated with its weighty fortified wines, Portugal’s near-perfect climate and topography for vine-growing – plus its myriad native grape varieties – makes it an ideal environment for producing characterful table wines as well. This particular example represents the new wave of Portuguese reds. Vila Real’s young winemaker Rui Rovoredo Madeira blended four traditional grape varieties, which were hand-picked from mature terraced vineyards along the Douro river valley. After fermentation, Rui matured a small portion of the wine in French oak to soften and balance the wine’s upfront fruitiness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this red within a year of purchase, on its own or with spicy sausage pasta, meaty stews (e.g. chicken and chorizo) or any Portuguese/Mediterranean-inspired dishes.

  • Bright, fruity red

  • Natural cork

  • Suitable for vegans

  • drink within
    1 year

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Portugal (Douro)

  • Grape Variety

    Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional

  • Alcohol

    13%

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

Paarl Heights Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa 2014

Paarl Heights Merlot, Western Cape, South Africa 2014

A soft and fruity Merlot with bags of plummy richness and ripe cherry aromas, over a seductively smooth palate balancing juicy fruit intensity with a firm structure.

About this wine:

South Africa’s Paarl region is renowned for the quality of its vinegrowing growing conditions. For this Merlot, Boutinot’s winemaker Marinda Kruger Van Eck sourced grapes from mature vines growing in the dense shale soils of the Malmesbury area. The vines have to struggle in this land, forcing their roots down to find the deep wet clay sub-soil, thereby naturally restricting the yields of fruit, but producing grapes of excellent potential. The wine was fermented in open top tanks using a delicate pumping-over technique to gently extract all the grapes’ character. No oak was used.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine within two years, by itself or to accompany herby grilled lamb, pasta with tomato-based sauces, chorizo and bean stew or spicy meat sausages.

  • Rich, plummy red

  • screw cap

  • Suitable for vegans

  • drink within
    2 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    South Africa (Western Cape)

  • Grape Variety

    Merlot

  • Alcohol

    15%

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

Mon Roc Carignan Merlot, Vin de France, France 2013

Mon Roc Carignan Merlot, Vin de France, 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.

About this wine:

While the New World’s easy-to-understand varietal wines have familiarised us with different grape varieties and helped us identify those we like, for many it’s still the balance of a blend that hold the key to wine’s allure. Across the Languedoc region, blending is key to creating wines of character, where the proportions of fruit are tailored depending on the vintage. This example pairs old-vine Carignan grapes with plummy Merlot to create a wine overflowing with generous autumnal fruitiness. The winemakers haven’t used any oak to finish in this wine, 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 good quality 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

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

Caleidoscopio Malbec, Touriga Nacional, Mourvèdre, Argentina 2014

Caleidoscopio Malbec, Touriga Nacional, Mourvèdre, Argentina 2014

A full-bodied red bursting with rich damson, black cherry and violet aromas over a silky smooth palate with a firm structure and notes of sweet cassis and tangy liquorice.

About this wine:

M&S winemaker Jeneve Williams was thrilled to work with innovative Argentinean winemaking family Zuccardi on this characterful red. Based at their Santa Rossa estate, Jeneve was given free reign to work with winemaker Ruben Ruffo in crafting this unique blend. Jeneve balanced 50% Malbec with 27% Touriga Nacional (Portugal’s classic variety) and 23% of France’s Mourvèdre, marrying the distinct character of each grape to create a full-bodied red with exceptional complexity and richness. Jeneve didn’t use any oak to mature the wine, letting the interplay of the grape varieties shine through.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy within the next two years. It’s soft enough to drink on its own, but is great with food, particularly lamb casseroles, hearty beef stews or even seared tuna steaks. Keep for up to five years.

  • Complex, fruity red

  • Screw cap

  • Suitable for vegans

  • drink within
    5 years

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina (Mendoza)

  • Grape Variety

    Malbec, Touriga Nacional, Mourvèdre

  • Alcohol

    13.5%

  • SRP

    £48.00 per case of 6 / £8.00 per bottle

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