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.
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.
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
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
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 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>