This weekend sees three serious red wines hit our stores. All have a B in their title and well, that’s about the only tenuous connection between them - apart from the fact that I would happily take any of them with me to a dinner out.
The first of the trio is the epitome of modern, fruit-rich Bordeaux. Huet Fûts de Chêne (€9.99) * is from producer Raymond Huet, employing the use of Michel Rolland - probably the best known winemaker in the world - to make a wine well worth seeking out. The big heavy bottle prepares you for the style of this dense, chunky Bordeaux, but there is quality to the fruit and complexity; it’s not all about big flavours.
Decant for an hour and line this up with a decent rib-eye/sirloin steak.
If that doesn’t float your boat then we have one of the most electric, intense Italian reds we have tasted in the last 12 months. The wine is called Crocero Barbera Asti €10.99 (was €14.99) with Barbera being the grape and Asti the region. Rarely have we seen a Barbera this concentrated and multi-layered, it is a gorgeous red that should excite not just fans of good Italian reds but anyone who likes good reds full stop.
This will be is stunning matched up with lamb ragú or braised beef stew.
Lastly a wine that should be bought by the case and stashed away to be lovingly depleted over the next year or so; Bethany Cabernet/Merlot €12.99 (was €19.99). This has always been one of Australian Geoff Schrapel’s (owner/winemaker) best wines. Although there is lots of very pure, blackberried fruit this is no jammy monster there is quite a degree of freshness and elegance to it. Oak barrels play a supporting role here managing not to overpower the wine. This is a beauty and as I say above it has staying power and will continue to improve and develop over the next few years.
Your palate will thank you for matching this with simply cooked duck breast and a morel sauce.
All 3 are in stores now although the Bordeaux is only on special until March 19th (the rest until April 7th). Take your pick, all 3 over-deliver and should not disappoint.
* was €16.99