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Shortwood Cabernet/Merlot South Africa
“Best Value Wine Awards” Platter’s 2016. A blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. Blackberry aromas from the Cabernet Sauvignon team up with ripe flavours from the Merlot grape, ensuring a soft and long finish. Ideal companion to roasted dark meat and any type of cheese.Red BlendsRich & Fruity RedsSouth Africa2018750 ml13-13.5%
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Excelsior “Paddock” Shiraz South Africa
This is widely regarded as the El Nino year in South Africa. The summer was hotter and riper than normal which required some adaptation in the vineyards to ensure a quality grape harvest. Grapes were harvested earlier than normal to ensure that there was freshness in the wines. The positive aspect of the drought was a very healthy crop with good concentration. The red wines from 2017 are rich and very structured.
30% of the wine was aged in french and american oak barrels for 8 months.Spicy and dried herbs, every bit a Shiraz but with more restraint and structure than an Aussie Shiraz of the same price (in my humble opinion). Good spice and tannins make it good with food but it’s still soft enough to enjoy on its own. Maybe it’s the 15% of Petit Verdot in the blend which elevates it from the norm?Shiraz/SyrahRich & Fruity RedsSouth Africa2017750 ml14%+
Abbotts & Delaunay Merlot
Lovely soft Merlot from the south of France yet with firm structure making it equally good on its own or with food. Has good spice and might be mistaken for a claret if served blind!
Drink now to 2022MerlotRich & Fruity RedsFrance2017750 ml13-13.5%
Abbotts & Delaunay Syrah
Spicy Shiraz from the south of France. Soft tannins, nice ‘n spicy. Long skin contact for deep colour, a hint of oak aging for complexity….rather a nice wine, really!
Drink now to 2021Shiraz/SyrahRich & Fruity RedsFrance2018750 ml13-13.5%
Anarkos Rosso di Puglia
Previous vintages recommended; Recommended in The Daily Telegraph: “another one of Mark Hughes’ brilliant finds. Absolutely delicious blend of Primitivo, Negro Amaro and Malvasia. Lush and plush like velvet, also juicy, scented, intense, rich brimming with the smell of violets, deep purple plums and bitter cherries. Such a joy!
Recommended by Oz Clarke as one of his 250 best wines of 2012: “an excellent example of how southern Italian reds are starting to express their own fabulous originality. It’s bulging with youth and it’s soft, yet tempered by a nice edgy bitterness.”
The label is attention-seeking, as is the bright red plastic cork (not my favourite closure, I must admit, but the wine insisted I buy it! The wine has attitude and is a provocative one, railing against the plight of the region (see their website). The region reminds me of the Languedoc in France – loads of rubbish wines but increasing numbers of fanatics making really top wines as they should be made. This was one of my favourite winery visits recently. The wine is made from a blend of the local varieties Primitivo, Negro Amaro and Malvasia Nera and should be consumed in conspiratorial bars in the south of Italy with huge helpings of pasta.
Drink now to end 2020.Other Single Varietal RedRich & Fruity RedsItaly2017750 ml13-13.5%
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La Bette Cotes du Roussillon Villages Red by Jeff Carrel
Big, deep colour, good grip!….Red BlendsRich & Fruity RedsFrance2016750 ml13-13.5%
£11.50Add to basket
Junta Momentos Chilean Malbec Reserve
This Malbec is bursting with rich, deep berry fruit.
70% of the wine was aged for approximately six months in French oak barrels to help round out the wine and smooth out the tannins. Once the final blend was obtained, the wine was cold decanted and lightly filtered before bottling. Drink now to 2022Other Single Varietal RedRich & Fruity RedsChile2016750 ml13-13.5%
Abbotts & Delaunay Corbieres
A blend of Grenache and Syrah which really showcases one of the Languedoc’s fine range of regional appellations. 40% of the handpicked grapes are aged in oak following fermentation. The result is a fat, structured red but it’s not “in your face” it’s really very nicely balanced. Like the Minervois but softer.
Drink now to 2022MerlotRich & Fruity RedsFrance2016750 ml13-13.5%
Abbotts & Delaunay Minervois
A blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache which really showcases one of the Languedoc’s fine range of regional appellations. 40% of the handpicked grapes are aged in oak following fermentation. The result is a fat, structured red but it’s not “in your face” it’s really very nicely balanced.
Drink now to 2022Red BlendsRich & Fruity RedsFrance2016750 ml13-13.5%
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