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Amazing Alternative Reds

Amazing Alternative Reds

Looking for something a little different?
3.8 bottle rating average
RRP $275.96
12 bottles - $191.88
($15.99 ea) Save $84.08
Amazing Alternative Reds 
RRP $275.96
12 bottles - $191.88
($15.99 ea) Save $84.08
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Beyond the Labels

Taste and explore the tasty emerging varietals gathering a massive following here in New Zealand. This exciting mix features Tempranillo, Nero d'Avola, Malbec and more from Spain, Portugal, Italy and Argentina.
Amazing Alternative Reds Case contents
Farinelli Rosso NV
Wonderfully reviving everyday red crafted from Italy’s juiciest grape, Montepulciano
3.8 / 5 stars - 5 Reviews
Normally $19.99 a bottle
Farinelli Rosso
Wine file
Red - Medium Bodied
12.5% ABV
9.38 Units
750.00 ml
31 December, 2024
Wine Summary
While many of Italy’s famed red grapes (such as Sangiovese or Nebbiolo) are noted for acidity, which helps ageing, Montepulciano gives a soft, juicy and approachable wine, even when young. The Beaujolais of Italy, perhaps, and exactly the style enjoyed by the locals. Farinelli is made from hand picked, richly concentrated grapes grown on 30 to 40 year old vines high in the Abruzzo hills. What’s more, it’s declassified (without official DOC status), which means that although it cannnot be labelled as fancy DOC, it does come at a particularly pleasing low price. But it’s the flavour in the glass that matters, and we’re impressed by that too. This is a fine match with pesto pasta, a roasted vegetable lasagne or chicken – from roast to pie.
Vega Real Roble 2018
Normally $28.00 a bottle
Vega Real Roble
Wine file
Red - Medium to full bodied
13.5% ABV
10.13 Units
750.00 ml
31 December, 2025
Awards
87pts , Guia Peñin, 2020
Rainha do Mar Castelão 2020
Fresh, ripe raspberry fruit in this juicy Portuguese red from star winemaker Jaime Quendera
4.1 / 5 stars - 7 Reviews
Normally $19.00 a bottle
Rainha do Mar Castelão
Wine file
Red - Medium Bodied
12.5% ABV
9.38 Units
750.00 ml
30 January, 2024
Wine Summary
Portugal is a treasure trove of little known native grapes and one of its best is Castelão. The variety is grown throughout the country but particularly excels in the Setúbal Península. That’s where the highly rated winemaker Jaime Quendera sources grapes for our Rainha do Mar – a moreish, easy going red with juicy raspberry fruit and a silky smooth, rounded style. Centuries ago, this region is where Vasco da Gama set sail to discover a sea route to India. Today the plentiful sunshine and coastal breezes are ideal for red grapes and produce wines that are balanced with excellent ripeness. Rainha do Mar (which means ‘Queen of the Sea’) proves the point. This red’s delicious ripe flavours are ideal with rich pasta dishes or grilled meats.
El Bombero 2020
Legendary BIG red from sun-filled Cariñena, with velvet richness and fruit-forward flavour
4.2 / 5 stars - 10 Reviews
Normally $23.00 a bottle
El Bombero
Wine file
Red - Full bodied
15.0% ABV
11.25 Units
750.00 ml
31 December, 2024
Awards
Gold , Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition, 2021
Wine Summary
For lovers of big, smooth reds, El Bombero is a top choice. It comes from Cariñena, a hot, arid region of Spain where sun-loving grapes like Garnacha (same as Châteauneuf’s Grenache) achieve amazing ripeness. Ancient vines and a lack of rain means fewer grapes, which in turn means far more flavour intensity. Exhibit A is El Bombero. There are no fancy châteaux around Cariñena, but, as Decanter magazine notes, that doesn’t stop it being home to some of the best value reds in the world. From award winning winemaker Javier Domeque, El Bombero is packed with spicy black fruit power and a warm glow. Delicious on its own and a tasty choice for casseroles, full flavoured pasta dishes, herby roast sausages and mash, and, of course, barbecues.
Opi Malbec 2020
Smooth, intense and full-flavoured - this is the Gold-winning Malbec you want on your table
Normally $23.99 a bottle
Opi Malbec
Wine file
Red - Medium to full bodied
13.5% ABV
10.13 Units
750.00 ml
31 December, 2023
Awards
91 , Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition, 2021 Gold , Gilbert & Gaillard International Competition, 2021
Wine Summary
Great grapes and great skill; this luscious, silky red will win you over. It’s made by Opi (aka Rodolfo) Sadler at Andean Vineyards. He coaxes so much richness and flavour from the fruit, his peers call him ‘the magician’. Yet he’s such a gentle, affable and modest man. On a visit to Opi, we tried to get him to reveal how he makes wines so delicious he has two permanently in our Top 20! He shrugged and said he simply follows the way his family has always made wine. That’s typical Opi, but not quite believable. The truth is he has a gift, even if he doesn’t know it. He crafts this great red from hand picked grapes grown high in Mendoza, then gently ages it in barrel. Enjoy with spicy sausages, pasta or beef casserole or simply on its own.
Tenuta Fenice Nero d’Avola 2020
Rich, densely spiced, barrel-aged Nero d’Avola from mature vineyards towards the high Salemi hills
3.3 / 5 stars - 4 Reviews
Normally $24.00 a bottle
Tenuta Fenice Nero d’Avola
Wine file
Red - Medium to full bodied
14.5% ABV
10.88 Units
750.00 ml
31 December, 2025
Awards
Silver , London Wine Competition, 2021 88pts , London Wine Competition, 2021 Gold , Guide Gilbert & Gaillard, 2021 90 , Guide Gilbert & Gaillard, 2021
Wine Summary
Save the vines and enjoy a gorgeous, rich red! Poggioreale used to be an important wine village in Sicily. It was where Dino Taschetta grew up, like generations of his family before him. After an earthquake reduced Poggioreale to ruins in 1968, a new town was built further down the hill and the vineyards above the village, more difficult to get to, were then neglected for decades. Now, with many of the island’s oldest Nero d’Avola vines grubbed up, there’s even more reason to treasure what’s left. Dino recently returned to the family estate and began to restore the vineyard. His first vintage was 2017 and our Buyer has been so impressed, he's bought it every year since. A top choice with roast pork or layered aubergine and mozzarella bake.