Spanish wine, cherry-red Tempranillo that shows strawberry and fruits of the forest on its smooth and velvety palate.
Best food pairing: Beef, Pasta, Veal, Poultry
Malbec’s original home is in south-west France; vines were taken from here to plant vineyards in Argentina and Chile. Velvety, fruit-driven wine with bramble fruit and violet aromas alongside some spice on the palate.
Appelation: Pays d'Oc
A full, blackcurranty flavour backed by soft, juicy tannins results in a deeply coloured, rich and mouth-filling, yet very easy-drinking, style of wine.
Louis Tramier started this prestigious burgundy house in 1842 and it remains in the same family to this day. Extraordinary freshness in this light but concentrated, dominated Pinot Noir flavours with a breezy red fruit nose, subtle spice and a well-structured finish.
Grapes are sourced from the Salento region. Traditional red wine vinification at a controlled temperature between 25° and 27° C. A dark, ruby-red wine with violet highlights. Intense and fragrant bouquet with a rich variety of sensations. Pleasant, harmonic and velvety taste. Serve at 18°-20° C, great wine for roasted meats and pasta with meat, especially ragu. Excellent with hard cheeses.
Smooth and intense. Red cherry, prune and apricot aromas with some balsamic notes from vines grown at 600m above sea level. Long, well-balanced and fruity finish.
Ripe, dense blueberry, cherry fruit aromas combined with notes of chocolate and sweet vanillin oak spice. The palate reflects the dark fruits on the nose with the structure supplied by firm tannins and a balancing acidity. The grapes come from the Langhorne Creek region and the wine receives some American and French oak contact during fermentation and just after.
Region: South Australia
Delicate and spicy, ripe black berry fruit with black pepper and a hint of spice. An example of absolute purity from a grower who uses ‘wild cultivation’ which puts respect for the environment first. A delight.
Fullness and finesse, well balanced, juicy blackberries and ripe blueberries with nutmeg, cinnamon and clove aromas and a liquorice finish.
Made in a traditional, robust style using the Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah grape varieties and benefiting from ageing in large oak barrels called 'foudres'. A good example of this appellation produced by a top producer based in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Region: Rhône Valley
Appelation: Côtes du Rhone
Best Food Pairing: Fish, tuna, haddock and chicken
The organic Montepulciano grapes that produce this wine are sourced from two separate vineyards: Popoli and Capestrano. Capestrano's soaring summer temperatures and silty soils yield richness and structure. The rocky and exposed terrain of Popoli bestows fragrance and freshness.
Food Pairing: This wine can be served before a meal, but it pairs well with meatballs, tomato sauces eggplant parmigiana, and risotto ai funghi.
This beautiful 12th-century property lies in the heart of the appellation. The seven hectares of vines with an average age of 45 years are on granite soils that suit the Gamay grape well. Classically vibrant summer-fruit bouquet with a typically light ripe, juicy palate.
The 20 year-old vines for this deliciously elegant Pinotage are grown on the southeastern slopes of Paardeberg mountain in 9.3ha, halfway between the towns of Malmesbury and Paarl in Western Cape Province, South Africa. The area provides advantageous differences in day and night temperatures with Mediterranean-like warm days and cool nights of 12-16˚C brought about by the south west winds sweeping across from the ocean. The grapes are handpicked in mid-February and undergo natural and spontaneous fermentation. They are macerated by hand, left in contact with the skins for 3 days and then basket pressed. This Pinotage is aged for 12 months in old french oak barriques.
A bright red ruby colour, this is a wine diplaying expressive, fresh and ripe red fruit aromas and flavours with a hint of sweet herbs. It is both youthful and refreshing and yet elegant with a lovely long finish. Ideal with barbequed or roast Lamb, and roasted vegetables. Quiche also pairs well with this Pinotage.
The vineyard of Pied Redal, with its pebble and sandy soils, is cultivated without any weed-killers or pesticides and certified organic. The blend is mainly Grenache, with Syrah, Mourvèdre and Cinsault. Shows dark fruit flavours, such as black cherry and blackcurrant, spiced with liquorice and aromatic herbs; the palate is full-bodied with fine-grained tannins which give it a smooth finish.
Region: Rhône Valley
Baron de Brane is the second wine of Château Brane-Cantenac, a second growth château owned by Henri Lurton and one of the oldest and largest properties in Margaux. The blend is made up of about 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot, the grapes coming from developing vineyards, some on gravel beds 12 metres deep. Aged for a year in French oak this supremely elegant wine has plenty of complex fruit on the palate and silky tannins on the finish.
Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Reserve has flavours of red and black fruit and spices; as it ages it also becomes suggestive of mushrooms and leather. It is a very virile wine, typical of its terroir, strongly influenced by the Mistral and the sun. A wine that will bring the traditional robustness and warmheartedness of Provence to your table.
Wine region: Rhône
Appelation: Châteauneuf du Pape
Best Food Pairing: Lamb and beef
Robert Parker eRating: 93
Character: Well balanced with a superb balance of red fruits and tannins. <br>
Chateau La Lagune would have been name after its particular location on a strip of land between la Gironde river and the ocean. La Lagune is the first property you pass driving out of Bordeaux on the Route de Vins. It is in fact only 15 kilometres from Bordeaux city. There are 72 hectares of vineyards planted with Cabernet Sauvignon (60%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%), and Petit Verdot (10%). The grapes are fermented in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks and the wine is then aged in oak barriques (70-80% new) for 15-18 months.
Grapes: 60% cabernet sauvignon, 30% merlot, 10% petit verdot
Appelation: Haut Médoc
Robert Parker eRating: 90