The evenings are drawing in and we’re all looking ahead to the festive season with some tipple recommendations from our friends at Jeroboams
The Red One
2013 Erial ‘Tradicion Familia’ Ribera del Duero, Spain
If you think Spain and think Rioja, then think again. Ribera del Duero is home to Spain’s most iconic (and expensive) wines and this is an absolute winner. Rich, deep and powerful, it manages a great balance between its monumental scale and an unexpected freshness. If you love Malbec, give this a go.
The Value One
2012 Muscadet Sevre et Maine sur lie ‘Monniers St. Fiacre’, Château de Coing, France
Muscadet had its heyday in the 80’s, but we’re going all retro this month. Forget any memories of that bland pale wine, this has spent 3 years ageing on its lees (like Champagne) and although it is not fizzy, it has much of the same toasty citrus flavours and creamy texture. There is no better wine with shellfish.
The Posh One
2013 Nga Waka ‘Lease Block’ Pinot Noir, Martinborough, New Zealand
Martinborough is a small region filled with small producers, so does not get the same press as other New Zealand districts, but for me it makes that country’s finest pinot and chardonnay. Savoury, intense and velvety, with raspberry and cherry fruit and a spicy edge this is very Burgundian in style.
Peter Mitchell, MW, Wine Director Jeroboams Group