This week’s selection will bring some sunshine to your mood and glasses. One white and three reds will compete for your attention. Starting with a Falanghina from its Motherland Italy, then moving to France for two very different drops: a light juicy red from the Loire and a big spicy Grenache dominant Côtes du Rhône. Finally, we devour a delicious GSM from the Pyrenees.  

Tenuta del Merrigio Campania Falanghina

Falaghina finds its home in the mountainous region just outside Naples, where the rich volcanic soils produce grapes with great intensity. That’s all on show here, with a textural palate of pineapple and grilled peach, bright acidity, and stacks of minerality. The long finish is where the savoury notes come to the fore (read: great cheese wine!).

Domaine de l’Agramante ‘Ciaula’

There’s a silky richness and poise of red blends from the Southern Rhone, and this offering from Domaine de l’Agramante is no exception. What is exceptional however is the value, as it evokes a gentle power reminiscent of Chateauneuf-du-Pape. As you’d expect, it’s Grenache doing the heavy lifting, with perfume and spice leaping out of the glass, a core of red fruit, and plenty of rustic tannins.

Domaine des Grandes Espérances ‘Java des Grandes Espérances’ Rouge

If you’re looking for something same-same-but-different in your light reds, you’ve come to the right place. This funky little French number is a blend of predominantly Gamay with dollops of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, which add spice and grip to a palate of generous red fruits. It’s fun and complex in equal measures, making it the perfect introduction to red wine season.

The Story wines ‘Super G’

We’re big fans of all things G at Decanters, and this wine is no exception. We’ve known the beauty of Grampians/Henty Shiraz for a while, the addition of Grenache and Mourvedre takes it to the next level. A third of each goes into the blend, creating a supple wine with beautiful floral aromatics, juicy blackberry and lots of spice.

Craving for some? Pop by the store or email val@decanters.com.au

Wine regards,

JM & VKL