All Red, April
Whether you’re stocking up for the winter, or you simply can’t imagine life without a decent bottle of red, our ALL RED pack has you covered.
There’s brilliant Pinot Noir from Silent Way, mouth-watering King Valley Sangiovese from Range Life, plus that vinous equivalent of a bear hug – the mighty Burns & Fuller Shiraz.
1. SILENT WAY Pinot Noir 2015
Silent Way is the brilliant solo project from Shadowfax Winemaker Matt Harrop & his wife Tamara Grischy. From high up in the cool of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, this is ripe & fleshy Pinot Noir piled high with summer berries, spice & earth. If patience is a virtue you possess, hide it somewhere cool & dark for a rainy day in a few years’ time, otherwise drink it now listening to Miles Davis’ 1969 classic ‘In a Silent Way’ after which the business is named.
2. SATYR Pinot Noir 2015
HAWKES BAY, NEW ZEALAND
Satyr represents the entry level for New Zealand wine powerhouse Sileni. Hailing from the warmer climes of the Hawkes Bay, & offering serious bang for your buck, this is stylish & modern Pinot Noir where a multi-level nose of sweet dark plums, macerated cherries & subtle oak make way for a mouthful of wine that’s soft, mineral textured & long. Fresh acidity & a wash of fine chalky tannins keep things nicely framed. Drink it with confit duck & roast potatoes.
3. HEAD WINES ‘Nouveau’ 2016
BAROSSA VALLEY, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Alex Head’s ‘Nouveau’ series has long been a favourite of ours for its approachability, affordability &, mostly, for simply being straight-up delicious. This release is no different. With the 2016 assembled from Pinot Noir, Montepulciano & Touriga, & minus oak influence, expect a super-seductive nose of rose, violet & bright blue fruit, while in your mouth a wave of savoury tannins give this wine an all-terrain ability that will see it quickly rise to become a barbecue staple.
4. PYREN ‘Little Ra Ra’ Cabernet Franc 2015
The 2015 ‘Little Rara’ Franc was easily one of the most seductive & delicious reds we drank this summer. Incredibly bright & bouncy thanks to half the wine undergoing whole-bunch carbonic maceration, while the other half was handled more traditionally in open-top fermenters, the resulting wine is nothing short of delicious. Expect layers of red & black fruit, musk & exotic spice, while the palate is plush & silky with masses of ripe red fruit, uber-fine tannins & a long drying end. Drink it with chargrilled lamb cutlets.
5. RANGE LIFE Sangiovese 2016
KING VALLEY, VICTORIA
Sourced from Victoria’s King Valley, the latest addition to the Range Life family is a clean & modern example of Sangiovese, where smells of sweet morello cherry & plum knit beautifully with those of rolling tobacco & leather. In your mouth it’s soft, fruit driven & framed by a wash of dry, grippy Sangiovese tannin, while oak influence has been kept to a minimum. Make this your new Friday night pizza go-to.
6. DUBSTYLE ‘Red Mix No.3’ 2015
MCLAREN VALE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
DubStyle is the side project of Dudley & Irina Brown, the talented duo behind McLaren Vale label Inkwell. Drawing fruit from notable sites around the region, DubStyle offers the duo an opportunity to reinterpret rather than reproduce. From Grenache, Shiraz & Mataro, expect a multi-level nose of spiced blood plum, chocolate & cedary oak, while the palate is plush, rich & delicious. Drink it with smoky beef short ribs.
7. BURNS & FULLER Shiraz 2015
LANGHORNE CREEK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Assembled by McLaren Vale grower Jim Zarella, & drawn from low-yielding, dry-grown vineyards in South Australia’s Langhorne Creek (85%) & McLaren Vale (15%), expect to find plenty of dark & juicy fruit here alongside smells of well-worn leather & nicely handled French oak (30% of which is new). Hide it in the cellar for the next decade, or drink it now with chargrilled lamb chops & salsa verde.
8. KENNEDY VINTNERS ‘Henirietta’ Shiraz 2015
‘Henrietta’ is a liquid homage to the Kennedy family’s loyal & trusted 1971 Leyland farm truck! Drawing fruit from Heathcote’s ancient Cambrian soils, & punching well above its weight, expect a nose layered with black fruit, licorice & sweet spice, while on the palate it unwinds as a plush, dark & juicy reminder that sub-$20 red wine bargains are alive & well – provided you know where to look for them. Drink it with chargrilled rib eye.
9. MARCEL Malbec 2015
COMTÉ TOLOSAN, FRANCE
A former distinguished resident of Bordeaux, Malbec has found both a new home & a new lease on life in the more southerly hills of Comté Tolosan, beyond Cahors. Benefiting from long sunny days & super-cool nights, & representing serious value for money, Marcel comes packed with smells of violet, rose, blueberry & blood plum, while in your mouth it’s soft, generous & served well by gentle acidity & finely slung tannin. Don’t attempt to play Scrabble without it.
10. RIVE DROITE, RIVE GAUCHE Côtes-du-Rhône 2015
SOUTHERN RHÔNE VALLEY, FRANCE
This lovable straight-shooting Grenache Syrah blend comes loaded with smells of sweet raspberry & cherry-like fruit coupled with background notes of lavender, thyme & spice. It’s seriously approachable on the palate, too – not at all heavy & with lots of soft juicy fruit, a wash of powdery tannins & a tight drying finish. Make it this year’s barbecue staple.
11. CASA ROJO ‘Musso’ Tempranillo 2015
TIERRA DE CASTILLA, SPAIN
Drawn from organically farmed vineyards in Spain’s Tierra de Castilla, ‘Musso’ is a delicious drink-now example of Spain’s star red grape. In true Tempranillo style, expect layers of pure blue & black fruit with an underlying savoury edge. It’s delicious in your mouth, too, full, plush & nicely supported by a wash of chalky tannins. Drink it with harissa-spiced lamb cutlets.
12. PACCAMORA Nero D’Avola 2015
Hailing from the warm sandy vineyards of Sicily – which in this case sit at 500 meters above sea level in Favara San Cataldo – Nero d’Avola has long represented some of the best-value red wine buying on the planet. The 2015 release of this wine boasts a lifted nose of bitter cherry, plum & rolling tobacco, while the palate is plush & mineral-textured with great intensity of sweet fruit & a clean drying finish. Homemade lasagne is the way to go.