Winter reds to keep you warm

Cotes du Rhone 'Nature' 2010, Famille Perrin
Cotes du Rhone 'Nature' 2010, Famille Perrin

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As I write this, it appears Jack Frost is giving us one more icy blast, so here are a few warming reds to see you through the last days of winter.

Brown Brothers Shiraz 2010, Heathcote is one of these (winerack.co.uk £12.99 or bbr.com £13.95), but you may have to track it down.

From a single vineyard, this is more elegant than many from warmer regions, with dark berry fruit, some spice, cedar and white pepper on the nose. It has a long finish so it’s perfect with slow cooked lamb.

Easier to find is Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvigon 2011, Chile (widely available at £7.99).

It never ceases to amaze me how just about every vintage of this wine over delivers. It has lots of blackcurrant fruit, maybe some coffee notes in the background and a satisfying finish.

TOP TIPPLE: Cotes du Rhone ‘Nature’ 2010, Famille Perrin

The Perrin family are one of the Southern Rhone’s foremost producers and have always had an interest in organice viticulture. This is a blend of Syrah and Grenache from the brilliant 2010 vintage, and it shows red fruits, a little spice and a touch of herbs. It’s utterly delicious.

Co-op £8.99, thewinesociety.com £9.95