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Off The Beaten Track Reds Case
Juicy, full red wine from Vinkara winery in the heart of Turkey. A blend of two rare indigenous grapes which give dark cherry and chocolate flavours, with concentration and freshness.
A thoroughly modern expression of red Vinho Verde from Portugal, low in extract, light and fruity, with herb-scented silky red fruit and a fresh finish.
This is a lovely, fruit-driven red from Gascony, made from an unusual mix of grape varieties. The base is merlot, with syrah added for spice and body, while pinot noir brings finesse and delicacy. Lovely served on the cool side.
Light, fresh and fragrant bikavér (bika = bull, vér = blood) from the excellent Takler winery in Szekszárd. From mainly kékfrankos, this is brimming with aromas of redcurrants and spices and has a juicy, refreshing palate.
From this slightly below the radar Italian grape variety lagrein, we have a riserva, aged in large oak barrels, softening the tannins and creating a rich fully fruited red with gentle spice on the finish.
Slovenian red that is mellow on the nose with plummy red-fruit notes and a twist of black pepper. The fruit shows maturity but the tension of the wine gives the impression it is far younger. The palate is mid-weight, fresh and focused with nice plummy, sour-cherry notes. Fun and something a little different, given the age.