For this weekend we have hand-picked some of our favourite FUNKY fresh NATURAL reds for your father to serve alongside a BBQ, to sip over a good book, to slurp during a thriller of a movie, to savour alongside that classic album on repeat, or the ultimate house red & just because he fancies a glass.
(Contains 6 reds x 1 bottle of each)
2018 JUDITH BECK ‘BLAUFRANKISH’ RED BLEND, BURGENLAND, AUSTRIA
Blaufrankish is a fresh, juicy, vibrant and delicious. Beck picks all of the fruit by hand and sorts the grapes in the vineyard and at the winery. Fermented with wild yeasts, and very little or no sulphites ever added. you couldn’t get an easier to drink red than Beck Blaufrankish.
2013 DOMAINE LEONIDES, ‘METEORE’ FAUGERES, SOUTHERN FRANCE
The Léonides, described by Paul Strang as “one of the bargains of the appellation”, is made from roughly equal quantities of Syrah, Mourvèdre, Carignan and Grenache. The wine itself is a traditional meaty Faugères with its gorgeous deep colour, heady aromas of flowering shrub, bay, balsam and serious quantities of dark smoked fruits on the palate. Please decant.
2018 CHATEAU TIRE-PÉ, DIEM’, BORDEAUX, FRANCE
Hélène and David Barrault purchased Tire Pé in 1997, they are farming organically since 2008 (certified since 2014).The hill of Tire Pé owes its name to ancient rural scenes, where working horses would pass wind under the effort of climbing the hill, on their way back to the farm. They have created a little garden of Eden, where wild grass, insects, birds and small wild animals live among the vines. Very unusual sight in the Entre-deux-Mers appellation, where their 13.5-ha estate is located.
Merlot harvested by hand and de-stemmed. Each plot is picked and fermented separately. The grapes undergo a short 8 to 12 day cool maceration for a soft extraction. The wine is aged for eight to ten months in concrete tanks, after which the wine is bottled unfined, with super light filtration. Buoyant and fruity on the palate, Diem is packed with juicy red currant, crushed plum and sweet herbs. This is a pretty red with an easy fruity profile and a lingering finish.
2018 DOMAINE AMBROISE, LETTRE D’ELOISE , PINOT NOIR, BURGUNDY, FRANCE
Plum, smoke, firm tannins, nice purity, slightly astringent and palate-cleansing, it is unapologetically dry and focused. Nice finish with purity of fruit and flavours. A very honestly-made, country wine style.
Lettre d’Eloise Pinot Noir is grown on flat land, with brown clay and limestone. 100% aged in 400L barrels 2-5 year old. For 10 months. No fining nor filtration.
2018 OTTAVIO RUBÉ ROSSE, DOLCETTO BLEND, PIEMONTE, ITALY
Bright fresh fruit nose, red cherry, light-to-medium bodied. Nice grip and savoury flavours on a palate structured by refreshing acidity. A great all rounder, for Tapas/Picnic lunches through to hearty Ragus and Stews. It really delivers a lot of value for money.
2017 DOMAINE DE LA PLAIGNE, BEAUJOLAIS-VILLAGES, FRANCE
The harvest is made by hand, oak is kept far, far in the background so the wines show great purity.
The robe of the Beaujolais-Villages is bright rubis, subtle red berries – raspberry, redcurrant, cherry – are found on the nose. Silky and caressing texture, freshly crushed red fruit, very clean, light with pure cherry character. Delicious, gives simple, but immense pleasure in a typical good Beaujolais fashion.