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Small Wonders Red Case
Birgit Braunstein's blaufränkisch from Austria is a pure, medium-bodied, minimal intervention red wine which stylistically sits somewhere between pinot noir and merlot. The 2017 shows vibrant red fruit character and surprisingly fresh acidity. Decant and drink now for freshness and lift or age for complexity and depth.
Another 2021 Wine Champion from winemaker Olivier Sèze, who also made the Château Caronne Sainte Gemme 2015. Olivier is now retired but was at the peak of his powers in 2012, and this cigar-box scented, mellow and understated claret will please those who favour a more traditional and mature style.
This vibrant California pinot's bright redcurrant and cranberry perfume carries on to the fine structured palate for a refreshing, bright wine, a treat with anything from mushrooms and roots to meaty roasts.
Exquisitely perfumed Spanish garnacha from 50-year-old vineyards in Cariñena. This comes from a small family project which is now run by third generation Jorge Nevascues. Pure and smooth with amazing length of flavour.
A delicious ambassador for the cooler-climate style of Argentine malbec, via the Chacayes region and the outstanding winemaker, Susana Balbo. Matured 11 months in 20% new and 80% second-use oak, this has a lovely freshness and energy, with floral and red-fruited aromas and flavours.
Ripasso styles can really offer the best of both worlds, retaining freshness and cherry fruit from the corvina grape, but gaining a little more depth, weight and complexity from the Amarone grape skins that the wine has been 'passed over', creating an Italian red of persistent flavour.