What’s better than to bring you 12 fine contenders, all vying for the mantle of biggest, boldest, blackest and inkiest reds. Worth $2,528, the dozen is yours for a jaw-dropping $1,398, you SAVE $1,130 … that’s such an AMAZING deal for reds of this quality! Don’t miss your chance to get 12 inky-dark wines that pack more flavour than any others at a tiny $117 a bottle. Be quick!
Black Stump has ignited the flame of enthusiasm under the previously obscure Durif grape. The Reserve however is pure Shiraz, selected from Australia's premium Clare Valley. Rich, dense blackberry fruit laden with spice, with a silky polished finish.
Hervé Sabardeil, our winemaker with limitless talent, has been making Cabalié, the big, ripe Catalan red, for over 15 years. He added the old vine (Vieilles Vignes) edition in 2011, originally as a one off, but it was so popular we insisted he did it again. And again! The magic to this punchy red is really in the vines. At 60 to 100 years old, yields are minute (about half of a Grand Cru claret). As a rule of thumb, the smaller the yield, the more concentrated the fruit, the more flavoursome the wine! That’s why we call it Cabalié’s Big Brother.
This Reserva was first released last year to mark the centenary of Casa Ermelinda Freitas, Portugal’s most awarded estate. It was such a hit, it sold out in just a few hours. All Vinha do Fava’s fruity flavour, with extra richness and complexity.
Like the much adored so-called ‘standard’ Corsiero, this punchy rich red is full of the dark spicy cherry fruit of Nero di Troia. It’s a terrific southern Italian grape, deeply coloured and full of dense red fruit, and with excellent structure. However, in our ‘riserva’ edition – our thoroughbred charger, Purosangue – the grapes are from particularly old vines to lend even more intensity of flavour.
La Fonte d'Oro's built up quite a fan club since it first arrived in 2008. It's a velvet smooth red packed with black fruit flavour thanks to some brilliantly creative winemaking courtesy of the fabulously talented Gaetane Carron. She knew that by drying the finest Negroamaro and Primitivo grapes, two Puglian varieties that ooze ripe fruit character, she’d concentrate their flavours even more. Of course this is a costly way to make wine (which is why famous Amarone starts at around £20), but the results speak for themselves.
For over 30 years Le XV du Président has delighted fans with its velvet smoothness, decadent richness and sheer generosity of flavour. Originally made by the rugby mad bunch in South West France, its beating heart has always been luscious old vine Grenache, packed with dark red fruits, jammy ripeness and lashings of spice. To celebrate decades of 5-star fandom, our very own Mark Hoddy teamed up with Vincent Gourdon, the man behind the original XV, and so respected in southern France’s Roussillon that fellow winemakers call him Obi Wine Kenobi!