25/09/2016 by Nick Hodgkinson
With the nights starting to draw in and summer (what we had of it) fast becoming a distant memory, the prospect of battening down the hatches with a glass of red by the fire seems very appealing.
We’ve put our thinking hats on and come up with our top three red wines for Autumn. So, throw a log on the fire, put your slippers on and snuggle up with a glass of one of these delights!
Château du Vieux Parc Cuvée Tradition Corbières
Château du Vieux Parc is nestled between the Southern French towns of Carcassonne and Narbonne within the AOC of Corbières. Corbières is known for chunky reds with dark fruit and this one ticks all the boxes. A blend of syrah, carignan and grenache, the nose is full of dark fruit, spice and bitter cocoa. The palette is slightly fresher – plum and red fruit. The finish is immensely soft and lingering. If you’re in need of a big hug, this is your wine. Try on the sofa or with a cassoulet!
Patagonia is home to one of the most southerly wine producing regions in the world and is where Intimo Tinto is crafted. Nestled at the southern tip of the Andes at high altitude, the vinyards are blessed with sunny days and cold nights – among the best conditions for growing grapes. This wine is a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot and malbec.
The nose is red fruit dominated with notes of tobacco and vanilla. The palette has more red fruit with the vanilla giving chocolatey characteristics. A hearty red which stands up very well on its own but is just as comfortable with a good range of foods. My go to for this wine would have to be a big, steaming pot of smoky chilli – curtains drawn, heating on and a good book!
We often think of summery whites or the ubiquitous Prosecco when we consider Italian wines, but you don’t have to scratch the surface too hard to find fantastic, hearty reds perfect for the cooler seasons. From the region of Veneto, Ripasso is a great example of such a wine.
Ripasso is made by adding the pomace (left over crushed grapes) from Amarone production to the fermentation of valpolicella wines. As these crushed grapes have been left to dry prior to wine-making, they have an intense, concentrated flavour. The result is a rich, fruit-packed wine that offers great value for money.
The Torre del Falasco has stacks of delicious black cherry fruit alongside mocha and raisin notes. Gentle spice lingers on the finish with a light hint of nutmeg.
You’d be crazy not to sit down to a rustic Italian spread with this wine – ragu would be a great start, polpette in a rich tomato sauce or melanzane parmigiana. Buon appetito!