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Christmas Party Dozen
First out of the new harvest blocks in 2019 comes this easy-drinking South African chenin blanc, with plenty of fresh stone-fruit flavour. This has become a real favourite with members perhaps because of its versatility and easy pleasing nature.
If you like your reds medium-bodied but not short of richness and flavour, try this intriguing Veneto red, made with partially air-dried grapes. The blend is corvina, star of Valpolicella, with merlot. Lovely, digestible Italian red for a wine-based risotto and seafood, Rialto style.
Fruity, generous and rewarding French blend from the village of Vinsobres, known for the drinkability of its reds. Cooling mountain breezes help to moderate the natural ripeness of syrah and grenache for a full but fresh flavour.
This is exactly what modern, gorgeous Rioja is all about. A full, plump and generously fruity red from a new young team who own vineyards in the southern part of the region.
Classic, affordable claret from the outstanding 2016 vintage. Supple and attractive with bright, red-berry fruit and a soft, fruity finish.
This popular, soft and caressing Chilean carmenère ticks every ‘party faithful’ box. 2018 was an excellent year producing ripe, concentrated wines and this is sure to hit the spot.
Expect ripe, tropical-fruit flavours with a balanced, fresh palate from this good-value Chilean white – enjoy with summer seafood or grilled veggie skewers.
Picpoul de Pinet is one of the best-value whites from the south of France. Full-flavoured, dry yet with crisp freshness and a beguiling citrus and herb flavour, it can be enjoyed on its own or with seafood.
An easy-drinking soft red from the sunsoaked Languedoc. Brimming with dark fruits, this member favourite packs a lot of flavour for the money.
Picked early for maximum freshness, this dry, Touraine-style Loire sauvignon is packed with ripe peach and apricot flavours, and comes with a handy, garden-ready screwcap for spontaneous picnics.
Apple and peach-scented, dry, rounded, unoaked and crisp, adding up to a great-value white and a classic Australian blend.