New to imported wine and sometimes get lost with all the fancy lingo? Don’t fret. Whether you are trying to impress your friends, special date or simply want to expand your knowledge, we’ve got you covered with this selection of Reds from around the world that won't break the bank.
The StarDozen consists of the following:
3 bottles Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir 2020
3 bottles Parri Poggiano Chianti DOCG 2020
3 bottles Gigi Rosso Toscana 2019
3 bottles Catena Alamos Malbec 2021
Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir 2020
Blood red in colour with a lifted and expressive nose, bursting with aromas of bright perfume, ripe plums and dark berries. The palate is rich and supple with a core of sweetly fruited red berry and dark cherry flavours balanced by bright acidity. Notes of forest floor and smoky spice add complexity before fine tannins provide definition to the finish. The finest Le Chat Noir Pinot Noir to date.
Parri Poggiano Chianti DOCG 2020
As I have said before, as much as I appreciate the Australian's attempts at the style, it is hard to go past Italian Sangiovese. However, this has a modern feel, more forward and full bodied than most with lifted aromatics, juicy cherry and subtle herbal and spicy tones. The texture and grippy tannins unmistakably Chianti. Apart from the obvious quality, it is a much more interesting wine to have on the dinner table than many simpler, local wines. Tuck in!
Gigi Rosso Toscana 2019
Fresh, strawberry and sour cherry, dried herb, carne crudo with a little jalapeño (don’t mind me). Medium-bodied, lively and juicy, but savoury, with fresh strawberry and herb, a lick of dusty tannin, and a clean finish of solid length. I can’t quite emphasise just how nice, and interesting, this is to drink. Tasted: Dec 2020; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $20; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2020-2023; Rated: 91 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Catena Alamos Malbec 2021
The Alamos Malbec has a dark purple color with violet highlights. The nose offers bright black berry aromas with light floral notes and a touch of toast. The mouth-feel is full and rich, with ripe, concentrated cassis and black raspberry fruit interwoven with a touch of chocolate and sweet spice from light oak aging. The finish shows ripe, silky tannins.
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