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Winter warmers

With November more than half way over, there's no more denying it: winter is well and truly on its way. So now's the time to pull the woolen scarfs and beanies out from the depths of your cupboard, whack your central heating into gear, and stock your wine rack up a collection of warming winter reds. Which is where we come in. With an impressive line-up of some of the most soulful reds from around the world, we've got a tipple to suit just about any palate. While we've picked out just five, rest assured we have plenty more to keep you going through the chilly winter months.

LABEL2-A725The Custodian Grenache, d'Arenberg, 2011

Being the keeper of nearly one third of McLaren Vale’s old bush vine Grenache, d’Arenberg has earned the title of ‘Custodian’ of the variety. Upfront raspberry fruit gets things started, but it's a savouriness through the finish leaves that leaves you with something to ponder. Indeed, this South Australian Grenache shows impeccable shape through the mouth.

 

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Amarone Valpantena, Bertani, 2013

Deep dark ruby with a violet rim. Notes of black and sour cherries, berries, spices and dried fruit. The palate is creamy  with soft tannins and integrated oak.  This is a lighter, fruitier and younger version of Bertani’s icon Amarone Classico.

 

LABEL2-B167 Melodias Winemakers Selection Malbec, Trapiche, 2015

Softly textured with notes of ripe plums, black cherries and a touch of sweet spice. The grapes are hand harvested by bunch selection to ensure the best fruit is chosen. This is a great Malbec, that's typcial of the Mendoza region.

 

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Flint Rock Pinot Noir, Howard Park, 2015

From Western Australia's largest family-owned and operated boutique winery, comes an elegant and generous Pinot, which is bursting with notes of spicy dark-berry fruit, sweet cherry and cinnamon.

 

2208Douro Red, Quinta do Crasto, 2014

An incredibly well-crafted, moreish wine that you can enjoy with lamb or other seasonal winter dishes. On the nose, we have intense aromas of blackberries and raspberries, while the palate is bursting with wild berry characters. Very ripe fruit with ample tannin and spice.