Cantele make some of the best value wines in all of Italy. Puglia (the heel of Italy), is a hot and dry region and makes for rich and powerful wines like this. The skill of the Cantele family is evident in the balance they achieve, food-friendly but smooth enough to glug on it’s own!
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Vallisto is one of the most exciting projects to come out of Argentina in recent years. Pancho Lavaque is on a mission to show the world what makes the remote and beautiful Cafayate Valley in Salta in the far north of Argentina, so special. Discovering long-forgotten vineyards with very old vines and often rare grape varieties. This single vineyard Malbec from represents pretty much everything you need to know about what makes Cafayate so good and so special. For those who like their Malbec painted with a decadent splash of inky purple fruit this delivers in spades. A special wine for the best, and biggest, steak you can find. Grilled over coals would be perfect!
St. Chinian ‘La Laouzil’, Thierry Navarre
Carignan/Grenache/SyrahThierry Navarre has a dozen hectares of vines planted on dark brown schist terraces around Roquebrun. The achingly beautiful countryside is an amphitheatre of small mountains clad in a sea of green, a forest of small trees and bushes and the familiar clumps of fragrant rosemary and thyme which captures the scented spirit of the high Languedoc. The culture in the vines revolves around the respect for the soil, the cycles, the seasons. No chemical products are used, simply composting, natural preparation, plant infusions and working the soil. The harvest is manual and carried out by a small team. This wine is full of red fruits, liquorice tones and plenty of herbs and spice, yet is unforced, supple and fresh.A proper southern French wine to accompany roast lamb or great with some good sausages or a hearty stew.
Nero d’Avola ‘Coralto’, Curatolo Arini
The Curatolo family are famous Marsala producers but this Nero d’Avola is also exceptional. A fine example of the grape that stands up well against wines at twice the price. The rich, dark fruit flavours combine with smooth, supple tannins to make an almost perfect steak wine!
Estate Malbec, Colome
Colome are undoubtedly one of the best producers in Argentina. Based in the cool region of Salta, they own some of the highest vineyards in the World. This wine is everything you could wish for in top-class Malbec. Big, rich and powerful with intense dark fruit; so delicious!
Chateau Grand Pey Lescours, St. Emilion Grand Cru
Acquired in 1924 by the Escure family, the Château Grand-Pey-Lescours is located at the foot of the slopes of Saint-Emilion itself. They also own the renowned Chateau Bellegrave in Pomerol. The vineyards are planted with 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon – on gravelly and sandy soils and cover nearly 26 hectares.A classic example of St.Emilion; medium-bodied, wood-scented with notes of plum and the perfect accompaniment to roast lamb!
‘Lo Vielh’ Old Vine Carignan, Clos de Gravillas
Clos de Gravillas is an organic estate based in the tiny hamlet of St Jean de Minervois, deepin the Languedoc countryside. Here, John and Nicole Bojanowski make some of the region's most interesting wines. The Carignan vines that make this wine are from a high gravelly vineyard and are over 100 years old. This gives the wine real character, as if the vines have soaked up the minerals of the earth and the flavours of the surrounding Garrigue. This is a dark, powerful wine that is a perfect match for slow roasted, herby meats. Unique and beautiful, this is Southern French wine at it's best.
Barolo, Giacomo Fenocchio, Piemonte
Giacomo Fenocchio produces one of the best-value Barolos on the market. The wines exhibit all the perfume and structure of the great wines of Piedmont without the crazy pricing. This is a great vintage that is open and drinking beautifully now but will age gracefully for many years to come.
Caprichos Old Vine Garnacha, Bodegas Esteban Martin
The region of Carinena is producing some of the best value wines around and this old vine (35 years old) Garnacha (same as Grenache) is a great case in point. Unoaked and full of juicy, lip-smacking red fruit flavours; a great party wine and a storecupboard essential - versatile enough to go with most things when you just need a good glass of red!