January sees the return of our ever popular Winter Reds promotion that features an exciting selection of warming winter red wines Buy One, Get One Half Price, handpicked by our Wine Director, Lynne Coyle MW. In this week's blog I take a look at four of our top picks to curl up with in front of an open fire.
The family-owned Delheim estate is one of the most exciting wineries in South Africa's Stellenbosch region, with a firm commitment to sustainability and social programmes. This Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend is elegant and delightfully balanced, with superb ripe fruit concentration, backed up by 13 months oak ageing in old oak barrels. This wine oozes class and represents very good value for money in our Winter Reds promotion.
Food Match: The lovely concentrated brambly fruits and silky tannins would match a wide range of foods but would make the ideal partner to a leg of lamb.
Tandem are one of our most popular Spanish wineries, based near Pamplona in the Navarra region. Their new Bólido is a certified vegan and unoaked blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. The wine is aged on its lees in concrete vats for 24 months to give a richness to the body weight. The red and black fruit aromas carry over to the silky palate that displays liquorice and spice complexity. The cool climate of the Yerri Valley maintains freshness and acidity in the wine.
Food Match: As a vegan wine, this is ideal for anyone doing Veganuaury. I recently enjoyed this with vegetarian arincini balls (can also be made vegan).
Argentina has made Malbec its signature grape varietal and it is easy to see why in our brand new Hacienda de Calidad Malbec. Made with grapes harvested in the up-and-coming San Juan region this is a pure and unoaked expression of Malbec, bursting with blackberry, dark cherry and violet fruit flavours and aromas. Round, silky tannins and fresh acidity are well balanced to give a delicious, food-friendly wine.
Food Match: The classic match for Argentinian Malbec is a nice piece of steak. Served rare/med-rare and the juicy dark fruits and soft tannins will shine.
The Cazes family are one of the most influential in Bordeaux, owning Château Lynch-Bages. Estibals comes from their L'Ostal estate in the Languedoc region of Minervois. This is a serious Reserve wine with a rich texture and a wealth of ripe bramble fruit and toasty notes from the careful use of French oak. A very polished and sophisticated wine that offers excellent value for money.
Food Match: The finish on this wine offers a savoury, herbal note that lends it wonderfully to all sorts of food matches. With its elegant bottle and fine pedigree, this would be the ideal partner for a dinner party.
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