Vino Directors Case
We really love wine at Vino but we don't always get the chance to highlight the best of the range that we spend so much time constantly sourcing and improving. This year we have decided to do just that. You can be sure that each one of the wines is produced with the same love that we all have for great produce. Below are 12 red wines that we are especially proud to have on our shelves and that the wine buyers are delighted to have found.
Wine 1 – Chateau Largentier Cinsault, France,
Trained in Burgundy this winemaker produces a light and elegant Cinsault in the Languedoc-Roussillon from vines planted in 1969. Light red berry fruit is backed with a fresh acidity that balances to a wee hint of lavender.
Wine 2 – Sanziana Pinot Noir, Romania,
Recas Cramele was founded in 1998 and is owned by a wine making team from three families who own some of the oldest vineyards in the world. This is a magnificent value wine that has complex notes of black cherry and spice.
Wine 3 – Eradus Single Estate Awatere Pinot Noir, New Zealand,,
Arguably this wine is from the wrong side of the equator, as small appellations go Awatere is pretty special. This single estate wine is that earthy mushroom and ripe Pinot style that you could get from very good Burgundy. With balance at it’s core it has red and black fruits with hints of flowers in a meadow.
Wine 4 – Le Bonne Franquette Malbec, France,
You can taste here that the winemaking brothers have spent time in both Bordeaux and New Zealand. The silky Malbec grapes contrast the abrasive style from the more northerly Cahors. Based in Gascony, where you more likely to find white wines this is a treat for a Wednesday night. Balance from the crunchy fruit is met with acidity and structure with light tannin, plum and cassis with rough spice edge on the finish.
Wine 5- Le Plan Cotes Du Rhone , France,
This Carignan heavy blend is paired with Syrah for a deep garnet wine in the glass, it is crisp with powerful red fruit and blackcurrant jelly. The wine is pumped over in the winery for 18 days and then matured for 12-18 months in vat. There is a slight menthol and fleshy tannin on the finish.
Wine 6 – BAROLO DI SERRALUNGA D'ALBA , ITALY,
Deep red with ruby highlights, this cracking Barolo has a clear-cut, intense nose with overtones of vanilla, spices, withered roses and underbrush. The style is magnificently displayed here and if you like Italian reds this is a classic option.
Wine 7 – Oveja Negra Carignan, Chile,
This really is a black sheep in Chile, with winery treats these grapes with great care letting them cold macerate for four days. Malolactic fermentation and 12 months in French oak give a wine with sweet and spicy character. Ripe and rich tannin is balanced with a bouncing acidity, cherry and pomegranite come through in a confidence. From the Maule Valley it is a hidden gem.
Wine 8 – Marchesi Di Gresy Monferrato Rosso, Italy,
Take a New Zealand Winemaker and put him in the heart of Italy’s Northern
Piedmont Hills, have him produce Barberesco of the best quality then let him tinker.
While Nebbiolo is at the heart of what they do those wines are traditional. Can you
tell what this might be? No? This is 100% Merlot and now has Monferrato on the
bottle to trick the slightly snobby Italians. Silky and opulent this wine is a true
expression of style with plum and dark berry it still has that particular dried cherry
note you only get with good Italian reds.
Wine 9 – Insoglio Campo Di Sasso Toscana IGT, Italy,
The punches keep coming from Italy, this is a cracking Super Tuscan. Blending noble
Syrah as the main character the remaining 2/3rd is made up of Cabernet Franc,
Merlot and Petit Verdot. Peppery Syrah is the match for local aged wild boar or
game, this is such a versatile wine it will even take a summer chill, you will get the
bright fruit in the glass.
Wine 10 - Contino Rioja Reserva, Spain,
We all know Rioja but there is Rioja and then there is great Rioja. Sitting on the
original route back to Bordeaux the region has links going back centuries that show
in the wines and verietals. It is easy to confuse this with a Claret, deep colour with
hints of that age in the liquorice. Graciano gives a rich fresh style that punches out
cherry and plum. The bottle age has softened out to a gentle and elegant style that
can keep for years.
Wine 11 – Rhebokskloof Mourvedre Grenache Syrah, South Africa,
Hailing from Paarl, this is a coastal wine with more than just heritage in the coming
from the Rhone, the style is concentrated and fresh like it’s European brethren. The
earthy Mourvedre is very much at home in South Africa and adds a bright acidity of
fruit. Grenache and Shiraz bring the berry guns to the fight, Strawberry, plum and
black cherry mix with pepper and cloves to leave a long finish.
Wine 12 – Vinas Queirolo Tannat, Peru,
A dark red Tannat, the robust grape, traditionally found in the South West of
France in the wine from Madiran. This Peruvian wine is an example of a rustic grape
being found life with modern methods like chilled fermentation having hop, skip and
jumped from Uruguay. There is a burst of juice that cries for cheddar, macerated
cherry and black current bounce with acidity and grip.