By Lynne Coyle MW | O'Briens Wine Director
Wintery January weather, chilly lockdown walks, and cosy evenings in with books and Netflix, this definitely calls for some weather appropriate warming red wines to match seasonal food and lift the mood.
The family-owned Domain Coudoulis is an upcoming Lirac estates. Winemaker Bernard Callet makes an exciting range of Southern Rhône wines, concentrating on aromatic intensity and fresh acidity.
Le Petit Coudoulis is fruit-forward, exuding scents of fresh bramble fruits and white pepper. The palate is silky and smooth with redcurrant and blackberry fruit flavours held together by smooth tannins and refreshing acidity.
Bellow's Rock Pinotage
Made by MAN Vintners, which was set up by three close friends and their wives with a mission to make affordable, stylish, South African wines. The Pinotage grape is a crossing between Cinsault and Pinot Noir and showcases the most attractive characteristic of both grapes.
Bellows Rock Pinotage has the bright juiciness of Cinsault mixed with Pinot Noirs smooth savoury charms. A warming red this Pinotage would work well with casseroles and stews.
Peninsula Tinto is made from native grape varieties by the family-owned Casa Ermelinda Freitas winery. Located in the Setúbal area, close to Lisbon, on unique flat sandy soils and established more than a century ago, their philosophy is based on the culture of the vineyard and merging traditional and modern winemaking.
This wine is deliciously fruity with red currant and plum notes from the Castelão grape and bramble from the Alicante Bouschet, it finishes on a velvety texture, ripe tannin, and a touch of warming pepper.
Tenute Rubino Marmorelle Rosso Salento
This family-owned and run estate in Puglia near Brindisi is focused on growing native grapes and Marmorelle is made from the local Negroamaro grape grown on sandy soils near the sea, from some of the first vines planted by the Rubino family.
Marmorelle shows notes of cherry, blackcurrants, blueberries and blackberries, hints of nutmeg and cocoa, the palate is warm and pleasant with supple tannins and a fine acidity.
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