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Palladino Biferno Rosso Riserva DOC 2012

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A pretty blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico from the Molise DOC of Biferno.  Biferno is a tiny appellation in Italy’s second smallest region, Molise. It neighbours Abruzzo which is renowned for its Montepulciano and Aglianico is perhaps better known from Campania and Basilicata.

The hint of rose petal, raspberry, cherry with a mushroom savoury edge will win you over every time.  It is an easy drinker with a soft, velvety mouthful of creamy oak. It is a real bargain for the price. A new go-to red that is seriously good!

Country of Origin: Italy, Biferno DOC
Tasting Date: 
February 2018
Price:GBP £8
Drink: now – 3 years
Needs food: no
Source: tasting

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3 juicy reds!

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 Whatever the season, juicy reds are always on the menu! 

Here are three that are sure to please from the classic to the new …..

d’Arenberg Footbolt Shiraz 2015 is one of those wines that you keep coming back to year after year. It is an easy decision because you know it will be good drinking for its price tag. Lashings of rich, ripe blackberry fruit is livened up with plenty of pepper and liquorice. It has been rounded out with powdery tannins, and is fresh and long. A wine that makes friends wherever it goes. ($16 Australia / GB £13) 

Finca Constancia Seleccion 15– Fruit bomb alert: a plush fruity Tempranillo, Cabernet sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet franc, Petit verdot and Graciano blend from Otero, Spain.  It is rich and exuberant.  A real discussion starter on a Saturday night. (GB )£11

Sons of Eden Remus Shiraz 2014 – Old vine Shiraz tends towards boldness without having an overwhelming palate weight and it offers a more intricate aromatic/flavour profile as well. The Remus is all this plus it has an element of elegance and prettiness too that is speaks of the Eden Valley. Lush blackberry, cherry, a garni bouquet of dried herbs takes on almost floral lilt. A long length of flavour leaves you wanting more. A good wine for the cellar too. ($65 Australia / GB £48)

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Taylors Estate | Wakefield Shiraz 2016

Wakefield-Shiraz-wmAustralia’s Clare Valley is known for its rich, spicy shiraz, immediately drinkable and irresistable. The Clare based Taylor family knows how to capture that lush velvetiness, while keeping the peppery, berry cherry fruit fresh and vibrant. The fuller body is rich and jammed packed full of intense flavour that fills the mouth and lasts long into the next sip. It has the intensity to match a plate of flavourful venison sausages or it is a delicious wine to drink curled up on the couch after dinner is done.

Look for the Taylors’ label in Australia and for Wakefield in Europe and the Americas.  This is a wine Read More

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John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre

John Duval winesJohn Duval’s mastery in winemaking is apparent in the elegance of the wines in his range. The former Penfold’s winemaker makes wines that are immediately drinkable or even better with some rest in your cellar. The Plexus is a Rhone blend, one that makes Shiraz the star with it making up 52% of the blend, Grenache 32% and the rest Mourvedre. All sourced from around the Barossa Valley. There is a matching pair, a white blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier which I have also found to be a fragrant treat.

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Cantina Valpolicella Negrar La Tirela Amarone Classico DOCG 2014

tirela-amarone-wmValpolicella produces some of Italy’s vinous treasures and fascinatingly, all the wines come from a blend of the same three grape varieties – Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella. Perhaps the wine most sort after here is Amarone made by semi-drying the ripe red grapes after they are picked. Either laid on shelves or hung to get Read More

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