The best backdrop for dining room Skype sessions is six reds from Australia, France and Italy. The Dining Room Reds from our Working From Home Series are also pretty good drinking when the home office closes for the day.
A Mano Primitivo 2017 - On the palate: Juicy red cranberry, raspberry and cherry fruit, tempered by savoury ferrous notes and a subtle graphite twist. Smooth mouthfeel, firm acid and fine tannins on a nicely dry finish. While it increases in weight and flavour as it opens up, it’s very much a medium-bodied, simple and elegant wine by Primitivo standards.
Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cote du Rhone Rouge 2018 - The colour is plummy and dark. Lifted aromatics of dark cherries, blackberries and violets roll onto the palate revealing sour cherry, marzipan, pepper and spices. Abundant upfront flavour but not like Aussie GSM. Medium-bodied with good acid to balance its fruit, very fine tannins and a snappy dry finish, it gains weight as it opens up. Fresh, simple and delicious.
Head Wines Head Red Shiraz 2018 - "There's a lot happening here, all of it good. 80% is sourced from the Eden Valley, 20% the Barossa Valley, co-fermented on skins for 14 days, matured in French oak (10% new), the barrel size ranging from 225L to 2250L. There's a poultice of red and black fruits and ribbons of fine, ripe tannins. You can't deny a wine like this." 96 points, James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion).
Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG 2017 - Bright ruby red - it’s delicious drinking, with classic ripe red cherry and violet aromas. On the palate juicy cherry and cranberry notes mingle with licorice, cloves and pepper. Subtle astringency and spice tempers the lush fruit with powdery fine tannins on the finish. A great balance of fruit and savouriness.
Scala Ciro DOC Rosso Classico Superiore 2018 - On the palate, raspberry and cranberry notes meld with dried herbs, fennel and pepper. Clean acid and feathery light tannins give nice structure to this mid-weight and elegant wine. Deliciously smooth and savoury - add to this a couple of years' bottle age and the groovy label - what's not to like?
Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2019 - "Bright ruby red appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Lovely nose, highly perfumed wine with red cherry, five spice savoury and floral notes dominating the aromas. The palate has a core of red fruit flavours around a backbone of natural acid. The mouthfeel is lithe and energetic with slinky fine tannins and a clean, fruit-driven finish," Winemaker's notes.
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