Light & Juicy Reds

Various Countries

This mixed six has been designed with a warm climate in mind. However, there seem to be more and more people preferring lighter style reds these days, even in the middle of a cold winter. They are also very food friendly.

2019 Guthrie Ashton Pinot Noir

2017 Montevecchio Rosso 

 2016 Flotsam & Jetsam Stalwart Cinsault

2018 Wightman, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red (Pinotage)

2019 Guthrie 'The Zephyr' Pinot Meunier 

2017 Viñas Serranas Ciclón


  • Style & Food Matching

    2019 Guthrie Ashton Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    Varietal:Pinot Noir; Decant: Not necessary; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Sustainable

    Lots of whole bunch fermentation here but it’s produced a wine that is super aromatic with floral prettiness and lovely crunchy berry/cherry/pomegranate flavours on the palate. Drink with Middle Eastern style duck dishes and charcuterie.

    2017 Montevecchio Rosso (Heathcote, Victoria)

    Varietal: Nero d' Avola, Sagrantino, Schioppettino, Refosco; Decant: Not necessary; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Conventional

    This vibrant little red shows delicious light to medium red fruits, subtle spice and minerality, all balanced by refreshing acidity. It is the ultimate pizza wine.

    2016 Flotsam & Jetsam Stalwart Cinsault (Walker Bay, South Africa)

    Varietal: Cinsault; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Sustainable

    40 year old vines, picked relatively early and whole bunch fermented it develops into a light and bright wine. Cherry and berry fruits are at the core with hints of pepper, but also has a lovely grainy structure. Dimple-inducing loveliness! Serve very lightly chilled with a Thai duck curry or smoked pork.

    2018 Wightman, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red (Pinotage) (Swartland, South Africa)

    Varietal: Pinotage; Decant: Not necessary; Closure: Cork; Farming Practices: Sustainable

    100% Swartland Pinotage that's been whole bunch fermented and partially carbonically macerated for a week and then sees old oak for around 6 months. This all makes for a fresh, vibrant, juicy, new wave style of Pinotage. The fruit spectrum on the palate consists of cherries, plum, fynbos and red currants with a long saline finish. Drink around the barbecue while snacking on South African sausage and lamb chops.

    2019 Guthrie 'The Zephyr' Pinot Meunier (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    Varietal:Pinot Meunier; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Screw cap; Farming Practices: Sustainable

    If you're into Pinot Noir, you will love this. Soft, juicy but silky on the palate, showing red berries, cranberries and yellow plum. There are also some lovely herbal and floral notes as well as spice, attributed  in part to some whole-bunch fermentation. Match this with pan fried duck breast or a mushroom risotto.

    2017 Viñas Serranas Ciclón (Castilla y Leon, Spain)

    Varietal: Aragonés, Calabrés, Rufete Blanco; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Cork; Farming Practices: Organic

    The beautiful organic fruit is fermented in tank and then goes into 500 litre used french oak barrels and stainless steel tanks for 10 months. The wine shows freshness and elegant fruits such as pomegranate, wild strawberries and some native herbs. Drink with lamb and rosemary roast or a cold meats selection.

     

    2010 Damijan Podversic Kaplja Bianco
  • Various Countries

    2017 Guthrie Ashton Pinot Noir (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    Growing up on his family's farm in the Adelaide Hills, Hugh developed an early interest in the wines and vineyards of the region. After finishing school Hugh completed a Masters of Oenology and then started working in wineries around Australia and abroad. Most recently he was a winemaker at The Lane Vineyard, where he won many awards for the elegant wines he helped produce.

    The desire to produce his own wines became too strong. Hugh quit his day job, set up a small winery, and here we are!

    When Hugh's not knee deep in ferments or digging out presses he can be found shearing sheep, being chased by cattle on his farm in the Hills and chasing Angus and Will.

    Hugh's wife, Sarah has always been more about tasting wine than making it. Her work as an Anaesthetist (and mother!) keeps her pretty busy, but she also oversees the business side of things, leaving the most important part (making the wine) to Hugh.

    When not working, she enjoys drinking enough wine to make the endless Lego retrieval, dirty nappies and toddler wrestling a little more tolerable.

    2017 Montevecchio Rosso (Heathcote, Victoria)

    Montevecchio wines are all about simplicity and fun, but never boring.  Grown at our Heathcote vineyard in central Victoria, which is home to over 20 different Italian grape varieties, the name means old mountain referring to the Cambrian origins of the regions famous red soils. The delicious and approachable Montevecchio wines are inspired by the everyday drinking wines of Italy. The streamlined range including a bianco, rosato, rosso and moscato are fresh and vibrant, designed to be enjoyed in their youth. The blends may change from vintage to vintage but the vibe stays the same. 

    2016 Flotsam & Jetsam Stalwart Cinsault (Walker Bay, South Africa)

    Produced by dynamite couple the Alheits! Flotsam & Jetsam wines are made in a simple way from fantastic vineyards.

    "No fuss. Sometimes wine just needs to be wine. Stop naming fruits. Say “loganberry” and this wine will literally slap you. That’s how we made it." 

    2018 Wightman, Gouws & Clarke Dry Red (Pinotage) (Swartland, South Africa)

    This is a joint venture between Andrew Wightman from Môrelig farm on the Paardeberg mountain in Swartland, Jurgen Gouws who makes his own wines under the Intellego label and David and Jeannette Clarke, owners of the wine distribution company called Ex Animo Wine Co. The philosophy is a hands off approach to crafting elegant examples of Swartland grown varietals.

    2019 Guthrie 'The Zephyr' Pinot Meunier (Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    Growing up on his family's farm in the Adelaide Hills, Hugh developed an early interest in the wines and vineyards of the region. After finishing school Hugh completed a Masters of Oenology and then started working in wineries around Australia and abroad. Most recently he was a winemaker at The Lane Vineyard, where he won many awards for the elegant wines he helped produce.

    The desire to produce his own wines became too strong. Hugh quit his day job, set up a small winery, and here we are!

    When Hugh's not knee deep in ferments or digging out presses he can be found shearing sheep, being chased by cattle on his farm in the Hills and chasing Angus and Will.

    Hugh's wife, Sarah has always been more about tasting wine than making it. Her work as an Anaesthetist (and mother!) keeps her pretty busy, but she also oversees the business side of things, leaving the most important part (making the wine) to Hugh.

    When not working, she enjoys drinking enough wine to make the endless Lego retrieval, dirty nappies and toddler wrestling a little more tolerable.

    2017 Viñas Serranas Ciclón (Castilla y Leon, Spain)

    César Ruiz has been making wine at La Mandrágora Vinos since 2012, mainly working with local Rufete grape. Viñas Serranas is a side project which César Ruiz set up with two friends, with the intention of creating wine with an approachable and drinkable style.

    They bottled their first wine Ciclón, a blend of different parcels across the region, in 2016. The vineyards have a mix of different soils, expositions, altitudes and also grapes.

    Rufete makes up the majority of the blend, César describes a small parcel of 100 year old vines in Miranda del Castañar as their ‘little gem’. This is supplemented by other indigenous varieties such as Aragonés, Calabrés and Rufete Blanco.

    The wine is made in a traditional style with low intervention and minimal additions in the cellar. From the 2017 vintage, they have started to separate their five best parcels to vinify and bottle separately, including a white made with Rufete Blanco.

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