Red Wine Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2016. Decanting is optional, for up to an hour before serving. Henschke is a winery based in Southern Australia, with a rich wine-making heritage. Members of the Henschke family have been providing Southern Australia with excellent wine for over 150 years, long before the region gained international recognition. Now entering its sixth generation, Henschke is led by husband and wife Stephen and Prue and their three children, who are talented viticulturists in their own right. The family’s approach to wine-making is simple – they take care of the land, and in turn, the land provides quality grapes for a beautiful range of South Australian wine. The Keyneton Euphonium is a deep scarlet blend of Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, with a splash of Merlot. It has a deep and generous nose, with prominent notes of cassis, plum and chocolate underpinned by herbal notes of tomato leaf and eucalyptus. It has an impressive concentration on the palate, with a round and velvety mouthfeel. Forest berries and rich plums are supported by notes of white pepper and liquorice. This is a classic taste of Barossa, made with fruits harvested from Barossa and Eden Valley. It will pair perfectly with a roast leg of lamb, aged hard cheeses, or a platter of olives.
Red Wine Henschke Keyneton Euphonium 2016
Red Wine Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2016. Decant up to an hour before serving. The Henschke family have been wine-makers since 1862, long before Australia made its way onto the international wine map. The winery is currently led by husband and wife Stephen and Prue, who are ushering in the sixth generation of Henschke viticulturists. The Henschke family are a considerate group, receiving numerous awards for their approach to sustainability. Prue considers herself a custodian of the land rather than an owner, using fully organic methods to ensure that Henschke vineyards will provide for future generations. The winery sources its fruits from several vineyards across Barossa. This stunning Shiraz originates from Edelstone in Eden Valley, which is considered one of the highest quality viticultural regions in the world. A bouquet of plum, blackberry, pepper and bold herbs arises from this wine. It is deep crimson in the glass, with a royal purple hue. Made from 100% Shiraz grown in the Edelstone vineyard on 110-year-old vines, this wine is the peak of Barossa reds. It shows depths of flavour, complex and heady, with luxurious and velvety tannins. Focused mulberry and plum can be tasted on the palate, along with undercurrents of sage, star anise and pepper. It retains depth all the way through its long and balanced finish. Savour it alone, or pair it with a tender lamb loin with plum sauce, gamey meats or grilled vegetables.
Red Wine Paolo Cottini Amarone della Valpolicella 2016. This powerful Amarone is sure to please lovers of big, bold reds thanks to its opulent flavour profile and well-built structure. The nose opens with hints of bright red cherry, cassis and dark plum complemented by dried fruit, tobacco and cigar box from the oak ageing. On the palate there are deep, concentrated dark fruit flavours with dark chocolate, coffee, and mocha along with a full body, smooth texture and firm tannins. After the Corvina, Corvinone and Rondinella grapes are harvested they are dried in the traditional way for 90-110 days to concentrate the sugars and flavours. The grapes are then vinifed and aged in barriques for 12 months followed by another 12 months in 3000 litre casks. The well-built structure makes this a great contender for extended cellar ageing over the next decade or so, and it can also be enjoyed now alongside hearty red meat dishes like beef bourguignon or a rib eye steak. The Cottini family have been winemakers for generations, so it was only natural for Paolo Cottini to found his own winery in the small medieval town of Castelrotto in the heart of the Valpolicella region. His vineyards are located in the Negrar Valley and Valgatara at between 250-480 metres of altitude.