6 Fine Reds (Tier 1 & 2) 6 bottles

6 Fine Red Wine Styles (Tier 1 & 2)

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Price: ¥900

Sometimes it’s great to just have a red for every season (and meal). This 6 bottle collection shares 2 wines with the Red Taster Pack but takes on a broader (and higher level) mandate with the inclusion of a South African Pinotage and 4x Tier 2 reds.

This intercontinental mixed case holds 5 classicred grapes and wine varietals, and one intriguing blend; each displaying distinctive aspects of their respective birthplaces in the New or Old World. A lovely journey through delicious wines we love every time they end up in our tasting room, begging for your attention and gaining awards internationally.

Heads up; newly arrived Ibericos Rioja Crianza (tier 2) a personal favourite has upgraded this mix immeasurably and it won a Silver Award at Decanter Magazine in 2014.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions.

France (Tier 2): 1x Joseph Drouhin Laforet Bourgogne Pinot Noir (Old World)

Laforet Borgogne Pinot Noir has a brilliant ruby-garnet colour. The nose offers effusive aromas of crushed berries (raspberry, redcurrant, and blackcurrant come to mind).

On the palate, the wine is full of charm and very pleasant to drink : fresh and fruity berry flavours with light and elegant tannins. Easy to match with food, it will be best with poultry, roasted meat, cheeses.

The Drouhin family is one of a select group limited to a dozen premier family-owned wineries known as the “PFV,” or Primum Familiae Vini. Only one family can represent a specific region, and France’s Burgundy region is very well represented by the Drouhins, who started making exceptional wines in Burgundy back in 1880.

The family maintains a prominent profile in Burgundy with a sizeable interests encompassing more than 182 acres in the sub-appellations of Chablis, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, and Côte de Nuits.

Reviews and Scores: Vintage 2006, 85/100 , Wine Spectator

Spain (Tier 2): 1x Torres Ibericos Rioja Crianza Tempranillo (Old World) Silver Medal '14

A masterful blend of 3 southern grape favourites; Syrah, Grenache Noir and Mourvedre from the very southern Rhone Valley offering an ample, rich and fruity nose with aromas of liquorice and cassis which tumbles into elegant tannins with a beautiful balanced, long finish.

This wine is very refined for such a LOW price point. Consistently one of our most popular red wines in winter and among French wine drinkers.

Food Matching: Ideal for red meats, meat in sauces & white meat & cheese.

Reviewed and Scored 87/100 in the Wine Spectator magazine.

Argentina (Tier 1): 1x Salentein Portillo Malbec (New World) Silver Medal' 13 & Bronze Medal '14

It has an interesting ruby-red colour with violets tints. Wine of great structure, well-balanced acidity and long finish. The nose is rich in fruits, with reminiscences of plum, black fruits and blackberries and violets from the Uco region of Mendoza. At the start of mouth, its tannins feel soft and pleasant, with marked roundness at the finish and a strong fruity after-taste.

Portillo Malbec is a steady favourite among our customers, particularly through the colder winter months. It is also a staple of the Wine Bars we supply where the fruit forward style with supportive acidity is very welcome at this price. Perfect with pasta in rich sauce and of course, everyone recommends steak with a Malbec…

South Africa (Tier 1): 1x Mannenberg Pinotage (New World)

A full-bodied red wine. It has the typical combination of banana and red-berry fruit aromas. Generous and full on the palate with bright red-berry fruit flavours and soft tannins. Serve at a cool room temperature.

I like everything from Mannenberg: A company which fully understands about getting entry level wines right too. and this is a great introduction to Pinotage, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault, which has to me fewer of the Pinot Noir characteristics and more of the Cinsault, while at the same time being nothing like either. Enigmatic. Almost a Mona Lisa smile.

Looking for similarities between either grape is like looking at a conundrum, inside a paradox that might not be there.

Italy (Tier 2): 1x Tanca Farra DOC Cabernet Sauvignon/Cannonau (Old World)

This is a wine to savour. Awarded a score of 91/100 by Robert Parker, it is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Sardinia’s Cannonau grapes (Grenache). It was available at CJW in Xintiandi for more than ¥685 per bottle back in 2011. We sell it to you at the price those retailers pay for it.

The nose has full mature fruits to the fore with herbaceous and tarry notes.

It is a full bodied, dry wine, with harmonious balance and an elegant structure of soft tannins. Pour into a really big glass and savour the nose before sipping. Every mouthful says, don’t swallow me yet; there’s more! It becomes increasingly complex once open – for up to 6 days (in winter).

Food matching: Match this with all red meats, game and mature cheeses. This Italian red was our 2nd most popular seller over Christmas 2010. Folks who try it, buy it by the case. Another wine we are selling well below the recommended price. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

  • Sella & Mosca (the winery) won the Gambero Rosso in 2013 for Italy’s best winery.

Australia (Tier 2): 1x Lindemans BIN50 Shiraz (New World)

Bright crimson red colour. The nose is driven by raspberry and blackberry aromas with some spice. An approachable wine with lingering ripe mulberry fruit flavours and rounded tannins.

This is a ‘Yum Yum’ wine that a client and friend recently pointed out was too well known to have at his tasting party. He wanted something less in the public domain you see, for his assembled guests. I know where he was coming from though. The thing is, it’s because it’s a great wine at a fairly low cost, that it hits the mark for us.

The ones selected for the party were around ¥50 more (and less well known). We want to keep the price down in these mixed cases. Sometimes we look to give folks peace of mind. Better known brands can reduce buyer anxiety. This wine enables those boxes to be ticked.

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