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A selection of our current favourite reds for restocking the cellar, popping on the wine rack and falling back on for gifts, meals and first footing. We really enjoyed putting this one together and are happy to say it’s got a Spanish Rioja alternative, rich Ribera del Duero, juicy crowd pleasing Zweigelt from Austria, a light Pinot Noir Gamay from our favourite young Loire Valley vigneron, a creamy big hug in a glass Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon….and the shop favourite Malbec Felino with all it’s big chocolatey winter loving flavours.

VENTA LA VEGA ADARAS ALDEA ROJO ORGANIC – Fresh and fruity with flavours of redcurrant, raspberry and red cherry, with a mineral finish. Well balanced tannins. Garnacha Tintorera 80%; Syrah 20%. The grapes for this wine are grown at an altitude of 850m in limestone soils with ample water which ensures the preservation of fresh fruit flavours and good acidity. These characteristics are enhanced by harvesting the grapes at night and fermenting in stainless steel containers. The wine is matured for 3 months in French Oak before bottling.

QUINTA MILÚ ROBLE RIBERA DEL DUERO – Aromas of ripe dark fruits, black cardamom, licorice and peppery spices. Bright and pure, with great acidity and supple tannins. This was a huge hit when we tried this as a team! We loved this as a new recommendation for a steak wine. Expect smokey, game & meaty flavours combined with dark concentrated cassis. It is a dry, high skin tannin, very gripping red wine that seems perfect for these wintery nights & richer meals.

FUNKSTILLE ZWEIGELT  – A bright, juicy, joyful red produced from 100% Zweigelt. Abundant red cherry, plum and vibrant berry fruits combine in this joyful, bright and incredibly juicy red; medium-bodied with beautifully ripe and light tannins and touch of spice on the finish.

JEREMIE HUCHET CHAPEAU MELON GAMAY PINOT NOIR – A fun blend of Gamay and Pinot noir, comparable to a great Beaujolais Villages, but without any of the bubblegum notes those wines sometimes suggest. Fresh, unctuous and juicy, with elegance and depth. Also lovely lightly chilled.

ODFJELL ARMADOR ORGANIC CABERNET SAUVIGNON – Ruby-red in colour with a hint of violet. Red-fruit aromas recall strawberries and plums, along with notes of liquorice and anise. Perfectly balanced on the palate with ripe tannins and a long, refreshing finish.

FELINO MALBEC – Our big chocolatey, cigar box, full bodied, old school Malbec. The 2018 Felino Malbec is packed full of fresh black fruits and prunes on the nose, with great concentration and balance on the palate. Since its first harvest in 1999, Vina Cobos has pushed the boundaries of quality for Argentinian Malbec. Minimal intervention in the winey allows their wines to express the true nature of the vines and soils.