Fabulously rich but fleeting aromas of chocolate, molasses, coffee and deep red fruit make an enticing welcome to a warm, rich palate brimming with sweet fig, cinnamon and toffee. This vibrant red has a core of red apple and chunky cranberry fruit, but its real appeal is its multi-layered complexity that keeps you guessing all the way to the finish.
Winemaker Anthony Murphy matches 60% Shiraz with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in this chunky red. The grapes are grown on rich red loam and limestone soils and nourished by the waters of the Murray River – the oldest of the vines were planted as long ago as 1952, and generate a wonderful old-vine intensity of flavour. Ageing takes place in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Great for partnering casseroles of beef and venison or garlic roast lamb with all the Sunday trimmings. Alternatively, serve with a platter of fine hard cheeses such as Montgomery Cheddar, Beaufort Gruyère or mature Spanish Manchego.
Australia | Murray-Darling
Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon
£65.94 per case of 6
Ripe fruit flavours fill the palate with gentle aromas of spice and a hint of violet following through on the nose. These classic Pinot Noir characters are complemented by sweet, nutty tannins and a delightfully long, elegant finish.
Made by young winemaker Carlos Concha who has been at Undurraga seven years now. He recently took charge of Aliwen with a view to seeking out new terroirs and a new vibrance for the wine. Carlos likes his wines to taste “a bit more off piste and young”. As a passionate snowboarder and lover of nature and wilderness, he aims to match his wines to the wilder side of his own personality. The grapes for this Pinot Noir are from coastal Leyda (60%) and from Chile’s famous Maipo Valley (40%).
A truly versatile Pinot Noir that is as tasty an accompaniment to Sunday roast lamb as it is to everyday chicken and mushroom pie. Or serve with hearty lasagne, game casseroles or top quality butcher’s sausages.
Chile | Leyda / Maipo Valley
£68.94 per case of 6
Deep violet coloured wine with fruity blackberry and plum aromas combined with delicious secondary aromas of vanilla and toast. Gorgeous soft, silky tannins surround equally sumptuous dark plum flavours and lead to a long, lingering finish.
In Argentina’s dry, semi-desert Barrancas region, on the stony soils of an old river bed, lie the Malbec vineyards of Finca Agostino. This family wine estate was built up by four siblings: Vincenzo, Rosalia, Sebastian and Miguel Agostino, who knew and loved the vineyards and wanted to leave a lasting heritage there. Their ambitions are realised in today’s Malbecs, which are regular award-winners. This wine gains its wonderful smoothness from careful barrel-ageing in French and American oak.
Great with barbecues – its softness really complements the smokey charred flavours of steak, chicken or lamb cooked outdoors. Equally good to serve with a plate of chocolate and dried fruits, or with mature hard cheeses.
Argentina | Mendoza
£71.94 per case of 6
Powerful aromas of leather, plum, cherry and pepper really conjure the mood of a Bergerac barrel cellar. Gorgeous supple fruit in the mouth, with wonderful depth, elegant pepperiness and velvety richness that lasts into a long, lingering finish makes this fragrant red both intense and irresistibly complex.
A blend of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc, this fine red was crafted by English winemaker Patricia Atkinson who moved to France in 1990. At that time she knew nothing about winemaking, but with a lot of hard work in her Bergerac vineyard, she quickly learnt the art of making high quality, clean, rich wines. Today they are the darlings of the wine critics.
Serve with rich, flavoursome casseroles of lamb, beef or game. The complexity of this red will easily partner slow-cooked Indian dish like lamb raan, a top quality beef bourguignon or a platter of mature cheeses.
France | Bergerac
Merlot, Cabernet Franc
£74.94 per case of 6
Syrah shows itself first – all sweetness and blackberries – then Pinot Noir’s raspberry and cherry tanginess brings a welcome lift. Rich berry aromas, fresh raspberry characters, and a fabulous flourish of chocolate, coffee and sweet spice at the finish make this a richly gorgeous red.
Marcello Padovan has selected Pinot Nero (or Pinot Noir) and Syrah from two separate regions of Sicily. The Pinot, harvested from the slopes of Mount Etna, makes up 60% of the blend, while the Syrah (at 40%) comes from coastal vineyards. They seem an odd couple, but Marcello knows that too much Syrah can easily overpower the ‘more nervous’ Pinot, and here he takes care to balance the pair to perfection. Votum is a Latin term that means 'a solemn vow made to the Gods' and Marcello’s vow is that this wine is worth trying.
The complexity of this wine makes it a perfect pair for chunky patés, game casseroles, mature cheeses and rich stroganoff dishes. To get the best from it, serve with a classic Italian dish of slow-cooked osso buco.
Italy | Sicily
Pinot Noir, Syrah
£71.94 per case of 6
A deep red-purple wine with deliciously complex aromas of violet, black pepper and liquorice. The lively blackberry and spice fruit that comes through on the palate is full of warmth and richness. This is classic Syrah, full-bodied, generous, and long-lasting on the finish.
This 100% Syrah comes from the unique Terroir de Collines area of the French Languedoc. Hot days, cool nights and the super-drying Mistral and Tramontane winds that regularly sweep the region create real depth of flavour in these dark grapes. Winemaker Laurent Sauvage harnesses their flavours to perfection by selecting from old (up to 40 year old) vines, and ageing this wine on its lees in small French oak barrels.
The seriously sweet fruit and gentle softness of this red means it can even handle spicy food. Try it with Tandoori chicken or a Moroccan lamb tagine. Fennel-crusted belly pork or a classic dish of lamb and rosemary will make a more conventional match.
France | Languedoc
£68.94 per case of 6
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