One thing I love about autumn and colder weather is slow cooking.
Leaving something to slowly roast as it intensifies in flavour only adds to the anticipation. A slow-roasted shoulder of lamb is a wonderfully comforting dish. Here are three wines to match it.
Chateau Sainte-Eulalie Cuvée Cantilène 2012, Minervois La Liviniere (The Wine Society £11.50) is an autumn red with bramble fruits, baked herbs, savoury notes with well-judged background oak. Classy. The Exquisite Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Limestone Coast (Aldi £6.49) has lots of juicy blackcurrant fruit and mint and mocha in the background. It won’t win any awards for complexity, but it’s great value for a long Sunday lunch.
Top tipple is Definition Cotes du Rhone 2014 (Majestic £11.99). This is a new range made for Majestic and a welcome addition.
A blend of grenache, syrah and carignan this has black fruits, some spice and a lovely feel. It’s easy to drink but with more than enough interest to match that shoulder of lamb.