Six reds from Australia, France and Italy. The Dining Room Reds from our Working From Home Series are great drinking when the home office closes for the day.
Fiorini Chianti Superiore DOCG 2019
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 2020
Calabria calling! 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?
A Mano Primitivo 2021
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.
Frankland Estate Shiraz 2020
“Follows in the footsteps of the ’18. While the bouquet and palate alike are richly endowed, the cool continental climate shuts the door on any over-ripe, pudgy fruit characters. So, tannins play along with the black cherry fruit and utterly delicious savoury undertow. Drink to 2040.”
95 points and included in James Halliday's Top 100 Wines of 2022.
Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cote du Rhone Rouge 2020
This wine typifies CDR’s popularity the world over. It's rosy red in the glass. On the nose, raspberry and cherry aromas meld with red rose and fennel. On the palate you’ll find ripe cherry notes tempered by liquorice, pepper and savoury sasparilla bitterness. Less fruit-forward than Aussie GSM and with nice clean acid balancing its juiciness, it’s more in the leaner Euro style.
Medhurst Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2022
Another terrific wine from one of my favourite Yarra Valley producers. This is as good as entry level Yarra Valley pinot gets. "Bright ruby red in appearance with a lovely crimson hue. Red cherry, five spice and floral notes dominate the aromas." Winemaker's notes.
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