Cono Sur Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Valle de San Antonio
Three red wines this week to match some more autumnal food as we have now left summer behind.
I was in Rioja in early summer and one of the must visit wineries is Bodegas Lopez de Heredia. It’s a producer of some of the region’s finest wines. Vina Tondonia Reserve 2002, Rioja (selected Co-ops £19.99) is 75 per cent tempranillo with the balance comprising garnacha, graciano and mazuelo.
There is vanilla and red berry fruit along with savoury notes with supple tannins and a long, smooth finish. Expensive? Not really at 12 years old and perfect with lamb cutlets.
Tucumen Malbec 2013, Mendoza (Majestic £11.99 or two at £7.99 each) is made in an easy-drinking, fruit-driven style with plums, dark fruits and some spice. I really enjoyed this midweek with a mushroom pizza.
Chile has begun to make some really interesting wines from the difficult pinot noir grape and this is a great example (Cono Sur Single Vineyard Pinot Noir 2012, Valle de San Antonio).
There are cherries, a touch of oak and coffee, the plate is full of silky crushed fruit but with well-balanced acidity. Try this with roast duck. One of the bargains of the autumn at this price. On offer from slurp.co.uk for £7.99, down from £12.95, until the end of October.