Now that the days are shorter and there’s are proper chill in the air, it’s time to break out the rich, warming reds for winter drinking. We’ve put together a selection of 6 of our favourites for you tasting pleasure. Enjoy!
Chateau Fontareche Corbieres, Languedoc, France 2018
- This Corbieres is a real find. Equal parts Syrah, Carignan and Mourvedre, it is everything you could want from a wintery wine. Dark berry and bramble fruit, ripe and supple on the palate, with fine tannins and a long, warming finish. It is richly flavoured, but not overly extracted or concentrated.
Fog Mountain Cabernet, California 2017
- Powerful yet charming Cabernet blend sourced from some of the best sites in California, including Lodi and Paso Robles. Blackberry, plum and cherry fruit, some white pepper spiciness, and a rich, mellow finish.
Altos las Hormigas Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2018
- Grown in vineyards high up in the Argentinian Andes, this is a deliciously juicy Malbec. Smooth and concentrated, bursting with plum, blueberry, and strawberry fruit, followed by hints of mint and pepper, with a long, rich finish.
Tobia ‘Cuvee’ Tinto, Rioja, Spain
- This Rioja - a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha- differs from the rest in that it is a blend of vintages, in this case 2019 & 2018. This practice enables the winemaker to produce an incredibly consistent wine, which highlights the freshness but adds a depth of flavour too. On the palate it’s pure raspberry fruit, juicy and vibrant, with smooth tannins and a touch of liquorice on the finish.
Zardini Valpolicella Superiore ‘Pietro Junior’ Ripasso, Veneto, Italy 2017
- We think of this as a ‘Baby’ Amarone- richly textured, with those classic flavours of dark cherry and chocolate - think Black forest in liquid form and you’re on the right track. Delicious, either with red meat or with dark chocolate. Perfect for the dark days ahead.
Willunga 100 Grenache, McLaren Vale, South Australia 2018
- Willunga 100 are one of the most consistently reliable and quality producers in Mclaren Vale, a region in South Australian prized for its cooler climate. Ripe, velvety red fruit backed up by subtle spice and a chocolately richness, this is a very satisfying wine.