Rich, generousred wines

Italian, Spanish and New World wines: here is a selection of beautiful bottles to take you off the beaten track
and prepare you for summer dining in style.
Wine Review

Abadia Retuerta, Seleccion Especial 2011, Spain

Flagship of Bodega Abadía Retuerta, la Seleccion Especial 2011 is a blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. An intense and complex nose of ripe fruit, spicy, floral, and balsamic notes, the palate is smooth and powerful and the roundness of the fruit is supported by fine, ripe tannins. Lots of intensity and length in this beautiful Seleccion Especial. Perfect with pork-cutlet skewers, beef tenderloin and chorizo brochettes with plum and coriander tartelette, or pannacotta with raspberry coulis.

Azienda Poliziano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2012, Italy

Based on Sangiovese (85%), the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano of Poliziano opens on bright, and intense scent reminiscent of a velouté of ripe fruit. A similar frame is found on the vigorous palate with harmonious tannins. A beautiful presence in the mouth, this is a delight with Barbecued halibut in foil with salted herbs, smoked ham with Apple and pear or crème brûlée.

Catena Zapata, Nicolas 2010, Argentina

Nicolas Zapata is one of the jewels of the Domain. From a sharp selection of the best Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec, its nose combines intense and ripe fruity notes (blackcurrant, plums, goosberries) and shades of tobacco, toast and spice. The concentration of the fruit gives a soft, sweet, fleshy feeling with an impressive length. Nicolas Zapata is one of the greatest South American wines. An excellent match for barbecued lamb brochettes with lemon and garlic, grilled veal ribs and tomato-herb sauté or chocolate-coffee tartlets

Errazuritz, Don Maximiamo 2011, Chile

With a beautiful red-purple colour, Don Maximiamo 2011 is characterised by aromas of red fruit (cherry, strawberry, blackcurrant, plum and fig). This fruity character is enveloped by some other developed aromas of cinnamon, and liquorice. The 2011 vintage is ample and deep, with fine tannins. The palate accentuates its aromas of fruit, complemented by notes of coffee. The acidity leads to a persistent finish. This wine is incredibly complex, with beautiful elegance and a favourable evolution in the bottle. Wonderful with beef tartare, lamb, apricot and shallot tagine or cranberry Pavlovas.

JOHN DUVAL, Plexus 2012, Australia

Plexus offers a deep and vibrant purple colour. On the nose, a beautiful combination of aromas of red fruits with a small touch of spice. On the palate, it reveals aromas of black fruits and berries. Syrah and Mourvèdre bring tannins and structure to the wine. Grenache brings finesse and gourmandise. Pair this wine with Avocado with Matane prawns, Duck confit salad with mushrooms and plum dressing or cheese, Manchego, Cheddar, Munster.

Michael Seresin, Momo, Pinot Noir 2013, New Zealand

Pinot Noir, Momo offers a very attractive interpretation of the grape under the cool and sunny Marlborough climate: a pure nose, between fruit and complex notes of cedar, aromatic herbs with a touch of undergrowth. Intense flavours provide a nice concentration with fine tannins and a subtly smoky finish. A wonderful pairing with beef tournedos marinated with basil and pepper, creamy oyster mushroom and Roquefort canapés, or mixed-berry clafoutis.

WARWICK, Three Cape Ladies 2012, South Africa

Three Cape Ladies is a red South-African wine, very generous in fruity and minty flavours. The mouth is luscious, full of stewed fruit and spice. The structure beautifully supports this beautiful wine, smooth, with well-integrated tannins and very fresh. Plenty of character and lots of fun! Scrumptious with Goats cheese on tartine bread with tomatoes and grapes, barbecued sesame tuna steak or a chocolate fondant cake.

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