Amazing reds from Europe, Argentina & South Africa
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Save over $100 across 15 big reds from top international wine destinations. Many of these fantastic wines have even won Gold, including juicy Le Malbec d'Herve, the rich La Cueva Garnacha, smooth Fire & Foal Merlot, and more...
As one of the most exciting talents in Argentina, Rodolfo Sadler (aka Opi) is the magician behind this bestselling hero red. He’s a gentle, affable man, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye, yet modest to a fault. When asked to tell us his secret to making such great wines (he has two permanently in our Top 20!), he simply shrugged and said, "this is how my family has always made wine." Typical Opi, the humble, crafty magician. And why Opi? The nickname came from his childhood when his little sister would follow him round the family vineyards calling ‘Opi, Opi’ as she couldn’t pronounce his name. Now 40 years on and an internationally renowned winemaker, the name's stuck! We recommend this with a juicy grilled steak or a hearty casserole.
This bright and fruity red pays homage to the beautiful creature that inspired it. Fire was born a carriage horse. Watching this high spirited, tenacious animal that radiated life was heart-warming. Such was her wild nature that she could never be put under harness. Nowadays, an old photo of Fire and her foal sits on the mantlepiece in the winery’s tasting room. Visitors can picture her unbridled joy with this opulent, ruby-red Merlot. Grown in the valley of wine and roses, the luscious plains of Robertson offer some of South Africa’s best winegrowing areas. A hot sunny climate, cooled by ocean breezes, result in healthy ripe grapes and fruit filled wines. Full of ripe plum, cassis and a hint of chocolate, it's a top choice at a barbecue.
Portugal’s characterful reds are woefully under represented in the UK. But we’re righting that wrong with full flavoured beauties like Amoras. It comes from Casa Santos Lima, a grand, family run property near Lisbon and the Atlantic coast. The winery was founded by Joaquim Santos Lima in the late 19th century, and three generations later is one of Portugal’s most go-ahead cellars. The wine was made by bull wrestling Diogo Sepúlveda, who’s worked in Pomerol, Napa Valley and at 5-Star Halliday rated Turkey Flat in the Barossa. Amoras brings together four cracking local grape varieties: leafy raspberry Castelão, juicy cherry rich Camarate, cassis laden Touriga Nacional and plummy Alicante Bouschet. Superb solo or with pork and bean casserole.
For nearly five centuries, the winemaking ancestors of those living and working in the Campo de Borja region sought refuge for their wines in ‘La Cueva’. It was a sanctuary carved into the very mountain itself, a place for them to protect their wines from the searing heat of the Spanish midday sun. Today, the cave provides the perfect cellar for the oak barrels in which the La Cueva Garnacha is aged. Bright cranberry, raspberry, and red plum unite in a juicy combination of flavours and aromas that entice the senses. Subtle black pepper and herbaceous earthy notes give it a savoury groundedness and makes for a fantastic food wine. Salud!
Hasn't Malbec come a long way! It used to produce the tough, tannic reds of SW France, then Argentina got a hold of it and made it a worldwide star. Not to be out done, France is revisiting this grape and, with refined techniques and careful handling, showing just how appealing its wines can be. Hervé discovered a plot of 30 year old vines in the Languedoc's Vallée de l'Orb, on soils covered with big boulder like stones that promote grapes with lovely intensity and ripeness. Impressed, he bagged the lot. Hand harvesting, gentle handling, and just a short time on its skins, have resulted in a silky, ripe, supple wine, with ample fruit tinged with herbs and liquorice. A fine choice with marinaded pork chops, roast chicken or veggie kebabs.