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Club Classic red case tasting notes

La Vita Barbera d'Asti 2013

Viña Palaciega Rioja Joven 2013

Classic Tempranillo aromas of minerals and strawberries along with gentle sour-cherry notes, lead to clear fruit flavours and a nutty layer of tannins on the palate. This is a gentle, mouthfilling red for easy, everyday drinking.

About this wine:

Winemaker Rodrigo Espinosa aims to be as loyal to the terroir and traditions of Rioja as possible, and so uses 100% Tempranillo for this wine. But he dips into his global experiences to make sure this red has a distinctive modern fruity style. Rodrigo has made wine in Chile, the USA and in Spain’s La Mancha region.

Serving suggestion:

Great with savoury snacks and sandwich lunches. The delicate minerality of this red also works deliciously with herbs, such as lamb chops with rosemary or roast pork with garlic and thyme.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Spain | Rioja

  • Grape Variety

    Tempranillo

  • Alcohol

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £53.94 per case of 6

Michel Torino Coleccion Pinot Noir 2013

Maravilla Carmenère 2013

Aromas of blueberries and blackberries lead to hints of chocolate, spice and coffee. On the palate there are silky dark fruit flavours, smooth tannins and a supple, lingering finish.

About this wine:

Carmenère is a special grape in Chile. Brought over by pioneering French winemakers seeking a new life in South America, the grape now thrives in the country’s bright sunshine. For this wine, Jorge Martinez Naranjo has overseen careful handpicking of the grapes, fermenting them in stainless steel and barrel-ageing the wine for four months in French oak.

Serving suggestion:

Sip and savour on its own, or pair it with hearty red meat dishes such as roast beef, slow-braised lamb shanks or venison casserole or a hearty Bolognese.

  • full-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Chile | Central Valley

  • Grape Variety

    Carmenère

  • Alcohol

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £50.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Burra Brook Shiraz 2012

This delicious, refined red is packed with cassis and plum flavours as well as elegant hints of black pepper and grilled herbs.

About this wine:

Generous and spicy in flavour but graceful in feel, this fine-tuned blend comes from grapes grown in the prime regions of South Eastern Australia and gently honed in the winery by experienced winemaker Sam Wigan.

Serving suggestion:

Serve at room temperature and allow to breathe a little first. Enjoy it with full flavoured dishes such as venison with juniper berries or cottage pie.

  • full-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | South Eastern

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £47.94 per case of 6

Finca Manzanos Selectión de Víctor Rioja 2011

Deakin Estate Shiraz Viognier 2013

A smooth and approachable red with sour-cherry and bramble fruit aromas over raspberry, plum and strawberry fruit on the palate, finishing with touches of peach and toffee.

About this wine:

Dr Phil Spillman is one of Australia’s more qualified winemakers, with two oenology degrees to his name as well as a wealth of experience. For this juicy red he blended 82% Shiraz, 6% Viognier, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Tempranillo, 2% Malbec and 2% Semillon grapes, adding the white grapes for a wonderful lightness and aromatic lift.

Serving suggestion:

As much a treat with lasagne as grilled lamb with rosemary. Or try it with tomato-based pasta dishes, Greek Souvlaki, hearty Spanish tapas or Moroccan lamb and meatballs.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • not suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Murray-Darling

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz, Viognier

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £59.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Louis Alexandre Grenache-Syrah 2013

Deliciously aromatic red apple, spice and plum aromas lead the way to soft, easy-going fruit on the palate – smooth and rounded with an attractive burnt plum finish.

About this wine:

Winemaker Eric Monin has worked his way across France from Champagne, where he began his career as a viticulturalist, to Burgundy, then the Rhône, Gascony and the Languedoc. He has settled for these Mediterranean lands known as the ‘Pays d’Oc’ or Languedoc-Roussillon, for the fabulously rich wines they give. Here he blends 65% Grenache with 30% Syrah and 5% Carignan from vines up to 30 years old. He ages this red in French oak barrels for one year before bottling.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this appealingly easy red with fresh lasagne, roast beef and rocket sandwiches, best butcher’s sausages, or a simple ham salad.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc

  • Grape Variety

    Grenache, Syrah, Carignan

  • Alcohol

    13.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £47.94 per case of 6

Le Petit Noir Grenache 2013

Herehuis Shiraz Mourvèdre 2013

Rich, medium-bodied red wine with aromas of plum and hedgerow fruits over a palate of sweet cherry and blackcurrant flavours. Smooth tannins on the finish with a tantalising hint of liquorice.

About this wine:

An award-winning blend of two classic Rhône grapes that have made themselves more than at home in the Cape – thriving in this area’s bright sunshine, diverse soils and rolling coastlands. Winemaker Marinda Kruger Van Eck has even used the age-old Rhône technique of adding a smidgeon of Viognier to the Shiraz to brighten its flavours.

Serving suggestion:

Serve with barbecued ribs, steaks and sausages, or flavoursome casseroles of beef or lamb. Great with a simple shepherd’s pie too.

  • medium-bodied red

  • screw cap

  • suitable for vegetarians
    and vegans

  • drink within
    12 months

  • COUNTRY | REGION

     South Africa | Swartland

  • Grape Variety

    Shiraz, Mourvèdre

  • Alcohol

    14.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £47.94 per case of 6

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