Meaty Reds

Various Countries

Six reds with a bit of muscle (medium to full-ish bodied). When it comes to food they're a versatile lot but feel free to drink them on their own or while standing around the barbecue, waiting for the food.

2016 Bass River Merlot

2018 Gundog Estate Hilltops No.1 Shiraz

2014 Domaine de Mouscaillo Pinot Noir

2015 Cirelli Montepulciano Abruzzo

2017 Tentenublo Xerico Vinaspre

2015 A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red


  • Style & Food Matching

    2016 Bass River Merlot (Gippsland, Victoria)

    Varietal:Merlot; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Screw cap;Farming Practices: Practising Biodynamics

    100% single vineyard Merlot. Glazed cherry lift in the glass which develops into a complexity of dark fruit bundled with nutmeg and dried herbs. A fine, elegant medium bodied Merlot style that has weight and firmness yet retains its refreshing line and length. A bowl of game ragu pasta would be a great match.

     

    2018 Gundog Estate Hilltops No.1 Shiraz (Hilltops, New South Wales)

     

    Varietal:Shiraz; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Screw cap;Farming Practices: Sustainable
    2018 was fourth vintage of Shiraz from the Hilltops region. They have the pleasure of working with two wonderful growers, who operate some of the very best vineyard sites in the area. Shiraz from Brian Freeman’s vineyards (Home and Back blocks) makes its way into the Hilltops Shiraz No.1 release, while Jason Brown’s Moppity Vineyard is the source of the fruit for the Hilltops Shiraz No.2. Gundog try to approach the production of the two wines in a similar fashion, to better highlight the differences between the two vineyards. Warm fermentations followed short cold soak periods, after which maturation took place over 12 months in French oak puncheons. approx. 25% new oak. They aim to produce two clean, yet complex, styles of Hilltops Shiraz; honest expressions of where they are grown. Winemaker Matt Burton is always enamoured with how Shiraz from this region offers such generosity and intensity, whilst still retaining a medium bodied framework, and trademark cool-climate" elegance. The palate shows blackberry, plum, a hint of liquorice and a dash of pepper. Drink with a quality T-Bone steak or 'bitey' cheddar cheese. 2014 Domaine de Mouscaillo Pinot Noir (Limoux, France)

     

    Varietal:Pinot Noir; Decant: Recommended; Closure: Cork;Farming Practices: Practising Organics

    This wine keeps getting better with age. Matured in 600 litre barrels to develop breadth and complexity (it’s a muscular Pinot) without excessive scents of oak. A fresh mineral wine with delicious cherry fruit. Matches well with charcuterie, pates and game terrines.

     

    2015 Cirelli Montepulciano (Abruzzo, Italy)

     

    Varietal:Montepulciano; Decant: Not necessary; Closure: Cork; Farming Practices: Organic

    A medium bodied, fresh fruit-forward, silky smooth style that oozes maraschino cherries, blackberries, herbs and earth. The soft tannins and moderate alcohol make it a good match for a spicy pasta like penne picante or Tuscan style sausages.

     

    2017 Tentenublo Xerico Vinaspre (Rioja, Spain)

     

    Varietal:Tempranillo;Decant: Recommended; Closure: Cork;Farming Practices: Practising Organics

    After decanting, a fresh, crisp wine emerges (no time in oak). The red fruit and spicy notes dominate the attack but soon fine hints of smoke and stone dust appear. Juicy on the palate and has good acidity with a balsamic background of laurel, liquorice and black olives. Drink with rabbit, Iberian sausages or veal.

     

    2015 A.A. Badenhorst Secateurs Red (Swartland, South Africa)

     

    Varietal:Shiraz, Mourvedre, Grenache;Decant: Not necessary; Closure: Screw cap;Farming Practices: Practising Biodynamics

    A blend of Shiraz, Mourvedre and Grenache producing a beautifully unpretentious, incredibly balanced, juicy bright red. Fine but structured tannins lend a velvety texture. Any meat out of the smoker would make a great match.

    Baume

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