Ian's top picks for autumn 2021!
Marañones Pena Caballera, Sierra de Gredos, Spain 2018 - €40
100% Garnacha. High altitude, single plot. Complex and intriguing nose, with fleshy red fruit, floral notes, tobacco and spice. It has a fantastic mouthfeel -the palate is wonderfully supple, backed by firm tannins and finishes with an explosion of pepper, smoke, fruit and spice.
Henschke, `Keyneton Euphonium` Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Cab Franc, Barossa, South Australia 2015 - €56
The Shiraz Cabernet blend may not be exclusive to Australia, but it has certainly never been bettered elsewhere. Need proof? Exhibit 1 – ‘Keyneton Euphonium’. Blackberry, cassis, cedar, bay leaf, black pepper, sage, violet, and that’s just the nose. Complex, expressive and plush, it is intensely flavoured and wonderfully smooth.