Château Argadens 2014 was served at our recent wine pairing dinner at The Lido in Bristol, matched very well with the classic French brasserie dish of Onglet steak. This wine is from the cooler but very reasonably priced 2014 vintage.
It is also available in bottles here.
A welcome reminder that Sicily doesn’t only produce great wines around Mount Etna. Valentino Sciotti is a young winemaker with properties in the south west of Sicily who specialises in Nero d’Avola, the most popular red grape varietal in the island. Located in the hills around Lake Arancio in Sambuca di Sicilia in southwestern Sicily, this proximity to water helps cool the vines during the hot summers. This is a full-bodied example but without excessive fruitiness and a pleasing after taste of herbs and wildflowers.
From one coastal wine to another, several thousand miles away in Chile, only this
time it is 100% Syrah, the wine of choice in the Northern Rhone. Somewhat dark and quite intense ripe black berry fruit with an overlay of smokiness. Aurelio Montes makes a point of planting wines at the edge of their comfort zone — hence the Outer Limits description — which is a sound practice as often the best wine comes from vines that have to struggle for sustenance. This wine is ideal with red meat or game.
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.