Six warming red wines which offer terrific value. This case includes three organic reds from Spain, a Rioja Crianza and a full bodied red from DO Toro plus an intriguing blend from South Africa from Extreme Vineyards (yes, that is their name) called Bonfire Hill Red!
The wines made from Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Garnacha, Tinto de Toro, Shiraz, Malbec and Touriga Nacional! Discover this great range of warming reds this winter!
This case comes complete with Tasting Notes.
Pablo Claro Tempranillo 2017 (Organic) VdlT Castilla (1 bottle)
Spicy blackberry and dark cherry fruit aromas with juicy and full blackberry fruit flavours. This is a dry, light to medium bodied red with light tannins and excellent structure. This characturful red is easy-drinking and excellent with Pasta and grilled meats or vegetarian dishes. From the family-run organic estate Dominio de Punctum near Las Pedroñeras in La Mancha, just south of Cuenca.
El Abuelo 2016/17 (Organic) DO Almansa (1 bottle)
A blend of one of our favourite, indigenous Spanish grapes, Monastrell with Tempranillo. It has smoky, cherry and plum aromas coupled with spice and sage hints. Plums and cherry fruit flavours predominate with juicy tannins and it has a nice smooth balance with good intensity.
El Abuelo, Spanish for The Grandfather, who is pictured on the striking label. It is a photo of Luis Piqueras who established the family vineyards and started making jug wine in 1915. In 1927 his lottery spend of 8 pesetas brought him luck and he won! With his winnings he invested in the original Piqueras winery.
Dominio de Punctum Roble 2015 (Organic & Biodynamic) VdlT Castilla (1 bottle)
(Gold Medal Challenge Millesime Bio 2018; International organic wine competition)
An appealing blend of Tempranillo and Petit Verdot which has intense and creamy blackcurrant aromas laced with a touch of cedary oak. This is followed by attractive, fresh blackcurrant and cherry fruit flavours with cinnamon spice. It has been aged in American oak barrels for six months.
Overall, this stylish red has a smooth texture, with well integrated tannins. This wine leans towards a soft claret in style, whilst retaining its Spanish characteristics. It is one of our most popular wines from this excellent family-run organic estate in central Spain. Dominio de Punctum do not use any synthetic pesticides, herbicides on the soil or chemicals in the winery. Biodynamic is a step beyond organic processes.
Extreme Vineyards Bonfire Hill Red 2016 Western Cape (1 bottle)
An intriguing blend of grapes from Extreme Vineyards produces this rich and juicy Bonfire HIll Red. Spicy plums and blackcurrant aromas lead you into bags of blackcurrant, ripe plum and raspberry fruit with a touch of maraschino cherry and spice.
This is a rich and opulent red, with well integrated ripe and slightly creamy tannins which make for a very approachable, well-balanced wine with great length. It displays a touch of toasty oak from its 11 months in mostly French oak barrels. This wine is made by Trizanne Barnard, a highly respected winemaker who produces her own TSW range.
Cerro Añon Crianza 2015 DOCa Rioja (1 bottle)
(91 points Tim Atkin MW Special Rioja Report 2018)
Classic Rioja Crianza with a warm, moreish and elegant palate showing blackcurrants, berries and plums and hints of mocha and herbs on the finish. It has been aged in American oak for 14 months and has a touch of sweetness on the tannins.
It is made from grapes from 20+ year old vines in the Rioja Alta and aged for 14 months in American oak barrels. This wine was also selected in the Top 100 Riojas UK 2017 Tasting Panel. From Bodegas Olarra, this Crianza is consistently good year on year. A perfect match with roast lamb.
Gran Colegiata Lagrima Roble 2015 DO Toro (1 bottle)
A typical example of a sumptuous and approachable red wine from Toro area in Northern Spain, not far from Ribera del Duero. Aromas of cinnamon spice, plums and cherries intermingle with subtle vanilla oak; these are followed by juicy blackberry and plum fruit flavours and attractive minerality.
A full-bodied red, with warm, ripe and soft tannins and very good length. This wine gets it’s name Lagrima (Spanish for tears) because it is made from the free run juice, without the use of force to obtain juice from the grape. The grapes come from mature vines of 25 – 30 years old, and it has been aged for 4 months in French and American oak barrels. Bodegas Fariña was established in 1942 when Manuel Fariña inherited the vineyards from his father; now the third generation are now running the Bodega. This wine will partner all roast meats, roasted vegetables and mature cheeses.