2 bottles each of:
Lapaccio Primitivo Salento, Puglia, Italy
The climatic conditions in Salento are well-suited to strapping offerings such as this. Maraschino cherries and black-blooded plums flood the perfume and the palate, with the latter showing great depth and focus.
Domaine des Anges Ventoux Rouge, Ventoux, France
“88/100. equal parts Grenache & Syrah…plenty of spice, ground pepper, old leather & both red & black fruits on the nose..flows onto the palate with loads of fruit & texture..excellent purity of fruit…balanced, delicious & character filled.” (eRobertParker.com) Owned by Gabriel McGuinness from Kilkenny.
Recas La Putere Fetească Neagră, Banat, Romania
“100% local grape Feteasca Neagra..punches well above its weight..heartily recommended. We paired it with confit of duck. What is so impressive is the acidity which gives the wine real structure & a brightness through the layers of rich red fruit…wonderfully long, spicy finish.” (Peter Dean, LCBO)
Palacios Remondo La Vendimia, Rioja, Spain
From Alvaro Palacios, Decanter Man of the Year 2015! “87-90/100…blend of Tempranillo from Rioja Alta and Garnacha from Alfaro…contains around 8% of wine from the previous harvest that stays in barriques for one year…crunchy fruit” (eRobertParker.com) “89/100. Aromas of savoury cedar & fleshy purple & black plums. Full-bodied & smooth” (Natalie MacLean)
Villarrica Cabernet Sauvignon, Valle Central, Chile
Medium to full bodied. Luscious blackcurrant & berry fruit. Good structure. Soft tannins but enough body to handle full-flavoured dishes.
Carson’s Cabernet Shiraz, South Eastern Australia
Rich and full-flavoured spicy Australian red wine. Packed with dark berries, mocha and sweet vanilla spice.