What a discovery — this Grenache wine is nothing like a Southern Rhone and shows superb harmony only three years into its life. Something of a rarity as only 600 cases are made from 85 year-old vines. The tannins are very fine and there is a delicate floral nose to this high altitude wine. I only wish more Australian reds could show this balance and elegance for such a reasonable price. Doubtless it will improve with bottle age, but there’s no need to wait given how much pleasure it imparts already.
Named after owner Enrique Foster, this is a pure expression of the Malbec grape, which is now the dominant variety in Argentina. From the famous Mendoza region, no oak is used, so it has a delightful smoothness with a hint of violets. Very moreish and a bargain at the price. I also love their passion for organic farming, which includes using pheromones to sexually confuse any nasty bugs so
as to prevent them proliferating!
This Puglian wine has class – it was formerly served in BA’s European first class
cabins. Made entirely from the local grape variety Negroamaro, it is quite herbal
on the nose and spends 12 months in barrel to add to its character. It has plump fruit overtones with very little tannin but a superb dry finish, which means it would be a fantastic accompaniment to delicate cheeses as well as meat dishes.
One of the oldest wineries in Portugal, Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo was founded in 1764, less than a decade after it became part of the world’s first delimited wine region. Although the Douro remains particularly renowned for its Port, an equal amount of table wine is now made here and this is one of the more approachable ones. There is nothing heavy about its style, which is fresh and completely approachable with lovely fruit undertones and a touch of vanilla that makes it the perfect accompaniment for a wide range of red or even white meats.