Casa Ermelinda Vinha da Rosario 2013, Setubal, Portugal
50% Castelão, 20% Touriga Nacional, 20% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon
There are lovely bright raspberry fruits on the nose and undertones of something darker and more brooding, like mulberry or plum. On the palate this medium-bodied wine starts dry and then mid-palate becomes lush with deeper flavours, and finishes soft and long. This would be great with a spicy porc alentejana, or many other pork dishes, even a grilled pork chop, and sausages (fireman’s sausage) and salami.
A snip at the price + 752977 $14.50
Seven 2013, Bodegas Osborne, Spain
The aromas from this wine lure you in to it; there’s a depth and warm spiciness that makes you just want to keep smelling it! It’s that old school desk sort of smell, with the pencils out waiting to be used. And there’s mulberries too, and shepherd’s pie. The taste belies the smell though – on your palate it’s much fruitier than you’d expect, in a soft, easy drinking ‘I want another bottle’ sort of way. I want to drink this cabernet sauvignon blend chatting with friends when I don’t have to be serious, and I’ve got my feet up on the couch, and eating sausages and rare lamb chops – we can have the mint sauce too with this wine!
CSPC + 776452 $12