Top tipples to go with haggis

CUNE Reserva 2009, Rioja

CUNE Reserva 2009, Rioja

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When it comes to accompanying Burns Night haggis, if it’s not going to be a wee dram of malt whisky then it has to be red wine.

Haggis has a gamey flavour and when served with neeps and tatties (swede and mash potato) and rich gravy, it works very well with Rhone-style wines.

Zalze Shiraz Mourvedre Viognier 2012, Western Cape (Waitrose £5.99 on offer from £7.99) is mainly Shiraz with just a splash of the other two varieties in the blend. It has dark red fruits with a touch of spice and oak and it’s fantastic value.

Domaine Grosset Cairanne 2012, Cotes du Rhone Villages (Majestic £14.99, buy two for £11.99) is made mainly from old Grenache vines. Red berries, bramble fruits, spices and herbs on the nose followed by a warm, ripe palate with almost a note of chocolate on the finish.

CUNE Reserva 2009, Rioja

Made from a blend of 80 per cent Tempranillo and 20 per cent Grenache, this was aged in both French and American oak for 18 months. A really inviting nose of brambles, red fruits, spice, violets and coffee is followed by soft tannins, bright red fruits and a silky finish. Perfect with a Sunday roast leg of lamb.

Majestic £13.99, buy 2 for £9.99, Waitrose & Ocado £12.99.

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