There may still be plenty of sunshine about, but It is fair to say that autumn has now taken hold and as the leaves are falling and the evenings begin to draw in, our appetites tend to move towards richer, more robust dishes, the same goes for our wines, so I have chosen below a selection from our Annual Wine Sale, all which are suited to roasts, hearty casseroles and cosy evenings in beside the fire.
I am starting with a Spanish wine, which is from vineyards located in the Ribota valley of the Calatayud DO at an altitude of 700 – 900m above sea level. La Multa Old Vine Garnacha (€9.95 down from €13.95) is made by Scottish wine-maker, Norrel Robertson MW, who has been making wine in Spain for over 14 years, it is full bodied with fine, soft tannins and well-balanced acidity. Soft raspberry and wild berry fruits give way to a long, smooth, spicy finish. To see it at its best, I would pair this wine with some simply grilled Lamb cutlets.
Next up is a wine from the iconic Portuguese winemaker João Portugal Ramos. When João began his career as a winemaker, the Alentejo region was still widely unknown. Today it’s fair to say that nobody has done as much for the region’s promotion and reputation within the wine world as João Portugal Ramos. His Smart Dog Syrah (€9.95 down from €14.95) displays all the charm that makes Southern Portuguese reds so easy to love; Intense, ripe, red berry fruit undercut with some spice notes leading to a palate which is smooth with soft tannins supporting generous fruit and a full body making it an ideal partner for chunky Lamb burgers or richer pasta dishes
Staying on the Iberian Peninsula, the fiercely cold winters and hot, dry summers of the Valdepeñas region allow for great concentration to the fruit.
From here, Dominio de Artiga Reserva's (€10.95 down from €14.95) ripe berry flavours are coupled with hints of smooth vanilla and rich cocoa, imparted by the French, American and Hungarian oak barrels in which the wine has matured. Wines like this work really well with slow roast pork loin.
Moving to the south of France now, for a Gorgeously rich vintage of one of our star wines. Gérard Bertand’s Pic St. Loup (€11.95 down from €15.95) is made with a blend of old-vine Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan & Grenache blended from various sites throughout this unique terroir within the Languedoc. It is supremely elegant with wonderful fruit purity. Silky smooth with layers of wild bramble fruit, good without food, this would be a great match for a wonderfully rich Cassoulet.
For my last choice, I am going with a wine from Chile, and Chocalan Origen Gran Reserva Syrah (€11.95 down from €16.95) is one of the very best Syrahs coming out of Chile, thanks to the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean on Chocalan's Maipo valley vineyards. This Syrah has also been livened-up by the addition of some Viognier which adds floral perfume and texture to the bramble fruit, liquorice and pepper. This is a wine that is crying out for a Rib-eye Steak.
Our sale finishes up at 10pm this Sunday night, so to be sure not to miss out, why not drop into your local store.