Rosso, Rouge, Rojo! This pack is a selection red wines designed to be enjoyed equally on their own or alongside comforting food. From mid-week pizza nights to Sunday roasts, this pack will fill all your red-hued vinous needs. Allora!
2021 Camporsino Chianti Tuscany, Italy
This is a Chianti that consistently over-delivers. From the pastoral hills of Maremma, it transports us to sunnier climes and slower times. It’s at once pure and rustic. Fresh cherry abounds, as per, grounded by both earthiness and smokiness. Great to sip on as is, but red sauce pastas or pizzas are definitely the ticket. We recently enjoyed it with a long-laboured lasagne and it truly hit the spot. Molto buono!
2019 Azimut ‘Negre’ Penedes, Spain
The wines of Azimut are the bohemian Catalonian you met while backpacking through the south of Spain—rustic, characterful and intriguing. They have a keen focus on sustainability and exercise this not only through their farming and cellar practices, but even in their supply chain, choosing, for example, to source their bottles from a manufacturer less than 100km from the bodega. This is their spicy and bold single vineyard Tempranillo/Garnacha blend. Full of countryside charm, it’s designed for joyous al fresco spring drinking.
2022 Chalmers 'Mother Block' Red Murray Darling, VIC
Chalmers decided to release three blends from their home blocks and this bright, jubey and moreish rosso is one of the results. It takes Umbrian native sagrantino, traditionally a tannic beast, and tempers it with the Sicilian nero d’Avola to produce a surprisingly supple wine. There are also splashes of aglianico, uva di troia, teroldego and piedirosso. It’s guzzleable and perfect alongside both simple plates of charcuterie or all things barbecued.
2021 Range Life Rosso King Valley, Vic
This is a glossier version of the demijohn fermented juice that unfussily graced the tables of European families all over Melbourne. In these circumstances, wine is a grocery and necessity. No meal was complete without a carafe of the garage blend. Range Life captures that rusticity and polishes the edges. Primarily Puglian grape (though native to Croatia) primitivo with some sangiovese and tempranillo, rounded out by a seasoning of pinot grigio. Drink with red sauces and all things grilled.
2021 SC Pannell Montepulciano Langhorne Creek & McLaren Vale, Sa
Steve Pannell is one of Australia’s most imaginative and diverse winemakers. Described by wine critic Nick Stock as ‘one of the greatest Australian winemakers ever to make wines in our age’, Steve’s greatest strength is his clear vision to craft wines that suit the terroir, climate and eating habits of Australia and its wine lovers. Case in point is this montepulciano, which Steve refers hilariously to as “Italian giggle juice.” We can’t say we giggled, but we certainly guzzled…
2021 PINO Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills, Sa
For lovers of this wonderful grape, we’ve found the perfect bottle! 750ml of fresh, fragrant, eminently guzzleable goodness that is as comfortable at quick midweek dinners as long weekend lunches. PINO comes from a sustainably farmed vineyard at the northern end of the Adelaide Hills, bordering the Eden Valley. Drink from a tumbler or your best glass. It’s best enjoyed alongside comfort food, most recently enjoyed by us with some neighbourhood Peking duck rolls liberally dipped in plum sauce.