We have four wines that we think deserve our wine of the month
status. All very delicious and all worth a try.
Drakenskloof Pinotage 2016
Stellenbosch, South Africa 14% abv
This big, rich, spicy red is as close as you could hope to come
to the essence of South African wine. Firstly, because it's
Pinotage, the country's signature red grape, first bred in 1925.
And secondly because it's from one of the great, historic estates.
It's made at Spier, near Stellenbosch, which boasts a rich wine
heritage, with the first vines having been planted over 300 years
Winemaker Frans Smit used old-vine fruit for extra intensity and
aged the wine in a combination of American and French oak,
softening the tannins and adding notes of spice to the ripe berry
Smooth enough to be enjoyed on its own, but even better with
rich food such as chorizo and butter bean casserole or spicy
HJ Fabre Barrel Selection Malbec 2015
Patagonia, Argentina 14% abv
This is an absolutely textbook, pure expression of Malbec from
the south of Argentina.
This Gold medal, 95-point red comes from 30 year old Malbec
vines grown in Patagonia's Río Negro. Made like a fine claret and
aged for a year in French oak barriques.
With considerable depth, it has many layers of aromas and
flavours, with the crunchy, spicy, sweet black fruit delivered in a
rounded, elegant, textured manner with great concentration and
Perfect with beef.
Pillastro Selezione d'Oro 2016
Puglia, Italy 14% abv
This is the Rolls Royce version of our best selling Italian
There are three keys to this wine's success. The winery itself,
the Cantine Due Palme, has been Winery of the Year for three years
in succession - evidence that its standards are top notch.
The grapes, from 50 year old vines, are simply the best for
miles around. And finally, the wine was aged in French oak to
create dense, full flavours of immense complexity.
Decant an hour before serving with a casserole or a rich pasta
Setubal Peninsula, Portugal 14.5% abv
This is a fabulously rich, ripe and weighty award winning red
from a top winemaker. It comes from the Freitas family estate, near
Valoroso is a rare marriage of plush Cabernet Sauvignon, velvety
local speciality Touriga Nacional and Syrah.
The wine bursts with spicy black fruit, cassis and toasty
vanilla oak. It's seriously smooth too, thanks to the expertise of
internationally respected, award winning winemaker Jaime
Perfect with game dishes.