Christmas in a glass from a land Down Under

Cune Reserva 2010, Rioja.
Cune Reserva 2010, Rioja.
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When it comes to Christmas lunch with turkey and all the trimmings I think you need wines that are not too heavy, have some nice fruit and maybe offer a bit of fun.

Best value this year is Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2013, Swartland (Majestic £8.99, £7.64 for two) which is a very supple red with dark plum fruit, a little spice and some savoury notes, showing just how adept South Africa is becoming with syrah.

Jacobs Creek Sparkling Shiraz NV, Australia (widely available, about £7.99) is lots of fun and works brilliantly with turkey. It looks gorgeous in the glass, has ripe, fizzy blackberry fruit with spices and just a hint of sweetness, almost Christmas in a glass. My festive treat would be San Felice II Grigio Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2010 (£24.95, which is wonderfully structured with layers of black cherry, spices and liquorice.

Classic Rioja is a wonderful match with turkey. Aged for two years in oak, Cune Reserva 2010, Rioja (Waitrose £12.99 on offer at £9.99, Majestic £12.99. two for £9.99), is velvety with red and black fruits, spices, a touch of coffee and vanilla oak. The palate has autumn fruits and bright acidity before a lingering, smooth finish.