Thank you to everyone who made it to our Wine Fair at The Westbury on Sunday - what a huge success!  We raised over €10,000 for The Kieran Walsh trust to help get Kieran home to his family. Our suppliers really went above and beyond with their selections and we’re so grateful for their continuing support. I’d like to mention three reds that really stood out for me on the day:

Value Rioja

The Remelluri Reserva 2011 is a wine by Telmo Rodriguez, an old school Rioja producer using the traditional grading system(Crianza, Reserva, Gran Reserva).  A Rioja Reserva sees at least one year in oak and two years in bottle. The fruit is farmed organically and grows on south facing slopes at 500-800m above sea level which preserves the precarious acidity of Tempranillo. Rodriguez strictly uses indigenous yeast fermentation thought to add character and individuality. Coming from a very warm vintage, expect cooked dark fruit on the palate (damson, dried raisins and prunes) now very well integrated. Iron tones and dusty tannins add complexity. For €34.95, this is cracking value for a authentically aged Rioja nearly at its 10th birthday.

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Chianti Classico

This is really one for food: Isole e Olena Chianti 2015.  Displaying very fine tannins, a quintessential Chianti balancing sweet and sour red cherry fruit with searing acidity - much how a Chianti should taste.  It will cut straight through any pizza or pasta with a rich salsa di pomodoro(Italian red sauce).  Isole e Olena is situated in the Western part of Chianti in Tuscany where its vineyards are cooled from the sea breeze resulting in lighter, more fragrant styles.  The grapes are fermented in tank with 15 days of maceration, délestage('rack and return') and pumping-over twice daily.  Paolo De Marchi uses rack and return for all his red vintages, a method which ensures the juice and pulp are in continuous contact in order to extract as much phenolics(colour, tannin, flavour etc.) as possible.  Coming from a smashing vintage in Italy, this is a true example of Chianti. 80% Sangiovese, 15% Canaiolo, 5% Syrah. €33.95.

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Smoky Malbec

Some wines are impossible to forget.  Terrazas Las Compuertas is one of those wines coming from an extremely well known, high altitude vineyard in Mendoza (Las Compuertas) at 1,067 metres above sea level. I can just recall an explosion of flavour - roasted nut aroma, gun smoke on the palate with dense dark fruit (plums, blackberries) and chewy tannins which sew everything together.  It is rich, dark and memorable. The wine is aged in large French oak barrels with a slower than average fermentation for 16-18 months. James Suckling gave this wine 97 points and I can see why!  Enjoy with barbecued or smoked food, like sirloin steak or chargrilled aubergine.

- Anna Hickson