In anticipation of the long bank holiday weekend coming up and the Queens Jubilee celebrations, I have created a case of 6 amazing wines that are sure to delight.
Each of these wines has been carefully selected from the new batch of amazing wines that are gradually being added to my website and a few old favourites that are simply too good to leave out!
We must start the reds with "This is NOT another Lovely Malbec" from Larry Cherubino. This is one of the softest and silkiest Malbec I have ever drunk and it's a FIRM favourite and obviously another lovely Malbec. Pure fruit-driven notes of wild raspberry and ripe plum are layered with delicate floral notes. Smooth and silky with fine tannins, this is a Malbec of great elegance.
France gives us the iconic Ventoux Cuvee Special from Domaine de Champ Long. This Grenache and Syrah blend has deep luscious aromas of blackcurrants and dark cherry that are accompanied by delicate spicy notes on the nose. Round and beautifully structured with supple tannins and a long, satisfying finish.
Roberto Echeverria from Chile has been supplying me with amazing Chilean wines for over 20 years and his latest offering surpasses anything else he has produced. This superb red wine is an enticing blend of Garnacha 50%, Mourvèdre 35%, Carignan 10% and Syrah 5%. The enticing aromas of forest fruits, cherry, raspberry and mulberry are laced with vanilla and tobacco nuances through to a rounded palate with a fine tannin structure and a persistent fruity finish.
South Africa and specifically Mulderbosch Winery gives us the Faithful Hound, a bit like Lizzie and her Corgi's who have been loyal to their role for decades. This phenomenal blend of Merlot 28%, Cabernet Sauvignon 25%, Cabernet Franc 24%, Malbec 17% and Petit Verdot 6% give a classically styled, poised and elegant wine. Its brooding earthy aromas combine with brambly fruit and hints of cocoa with notes of forest floor. Underpinned by serious structure, the palate unfolds with fleshy ripe fruit, savoury notes, textured tannins and a beautifully nuanced finish. How about that for a tasting note!
The Papale Oro Primitivo di Manduria from Puglia is my latest favourite Primitivo. It's got masses of rich, intense, spicy flavours and an explosion of fruit characters mixed with just the right amount of tannins and smoothness. It's like having steak and cake in a glass and is simply amazing.
We finish with the Time Waits For No ONE Stone Elephant Monastrell from Spain. This is a superb example of Monastrell, with its powerful and intense nose of ripe black fruits supported by subtle hints of spice from a deft use of oak. The vibrant fruit is rounded out with a savoury note and it shows great purity on the finish.
So there you have it, a Royal Selection fit for a Queen and all endorsed by myself The Wineman, saving your palate from sub-standard wines since 2000.