Assorted reds – Lagrein, Chianti, Corbières & WA Shiraz

Cantina Tramin Lagrein 2008, Alto Adige, Italy (£11.49 Hallgarten Druitt,,
Refreshing, genuinely light-to-medium-bodied red, almost Dolcetto-like, with crunchy, earthy black fruit (especially cherry) and fresh, sausage-friendly finish. B+

The Society’s Exhibition Chianti Classico 2007, Tuscany, Italy (£11.95 The Wine Society)
Modern and fresh, but has this lovely velvety Morello cherry, cherry kernels and blackcurrant, quite full but fragrant, almost violet-like edge, smooth, but with structure of slightly grainy tannins and fresh acidity. S(+)

Château Fabre Gasparets Corbières-Boutenac 2005, Languedoc, France (£9.50 The Real Wine Company)
The strawberry-rich flesh of Grenache, the plummy floral edge of Syrah and the wild meatiness of Mourvèdre all bound together by the held together by the peppery/stalky/spicy character of ripe (but not raisinny) Carignan. S-

Ferngrove Shiraz 2007, Frankland River, Western Australia (~£9.50 Seckford Agencies)
Quite full-bodied but it’s the fresh berry and blackcurrant fruit that shines through. Add in tinges of violets, liquorice and vanilla and you have a very tasty wine for drinking any time over the next three years. S(-)

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