Autumn reds

Barolo 2011, Terredavino, Piedmont
Barolo 2011, Terredavino, Piedmont
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I’ve been sent Beaujolais samples, so here are some thoughts on autumn reds.

Yalumba Organic Shiraz 2013, South Australia (Waitrose £7.99) from Australia’s oldest family-owned wine producer and one that constantly produces wines of real interest. There are dark fruits here along with lavender and a little savouriness followed by bright fruit on the nose. Works well with sausages and mash.

Beaujolais Villages Combe aux Jacques 2014, Louis Jadot (Tesco, Waitrose £9.99) has lots of juicy strawberry fruit with a silky palate, which has much more interest than so many Beaujolais at this level. Works slightly chilled with a plate of cold meat or grilled lamb.

Top tipple? Barolo 2011, Terredavino, Piedmont (Waitrose £12.99).

Barolo at this price is a wine I would usually avoid, but this works really well and is a nice introduction to this Northern Italian classic. There is cherry, spice and a little vanilla and some characteristic tannins. Try with seasonal game.