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Its all about the chilled Reds!

When the weather heats up the Rosé comes out! But what do you do when you have drunk enough Rosé and Sauvignons to sink a ship? Why not go for a chilled Red? You must of course choose the right style of red otherwise this could be a complete disaster. Fear not we will point you in the right direction.

The best styles to chill are the light, juicy, fruity reds that are typically low in alcohol. They only need 30 mins to an hour max in the fridge and they are good to go. Chilling tends to bring out the juicy fruit flavours and shows this style of Red off at its best….Pass me the glass!

The best styles to look out for this summer are light bodied and low tannins so aim for Pinot Noir from NZ or Alsace, Gamay from Beaujolais, Cabernet Franc from the Loire, Italian Valpollicella (Classico not Ripasso or Amarone) and young Chiantis, even young burgundy’s can benefit from a slight chill.

Here are a few that we have have sampled recently that were fab slightly chilled.

La Madone Fleurie La Reine de l’Arenite – Beaujolais £10.99

Fleurie
For such a lightly floral and delicate wine it showed great depth! It was absolutely delicious. Cherry and red berry fruit showcased with a slight hint of spice. The only problem was…I wanted another bottle!

Saint Clair Pioneer Block Pinot Noir 2014 – Malborough NZ £21.99

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Soft and juicy with red currents and cherries with a slight hint of oak, it’s a bit on the pricey side compared to the other two but definitely worth it for an occasion or just because it’s the weekend!

Montresor Valpolicella San Pietro – Italy £10.99

Valpollicella
A juicy delightful Valpolicella loads of fresh cherry aromas a little touch of spice and that herbaceous earthy edge that this wine is famous for. Yums!!

 


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