Although the sun is still shining (how lucky we are!) there are still the tell-tale signs of autumn rolling in, cool dewy mornings, leaves turning, blackberry picking… thoughts are gradually turning to fireside reds, hearty meals and delicious crumbles.
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Wine, Coffee, Autumnal Afternoons
Strand House the Drang, 3 S Quay, Padstow
So, with British sausage week looming, I’ll be heading to our fine local farm shop for supplies, then it’s decision time, bangers and mash or a tasty Cassoulet? The wine, however, is in hand, a chunky, traditional Southern Rhône blend with enough flavour to match its sizzling accomplice or the one – pot French counterpart.
For the Cassoulet it’s French all the way, Mourchon Séguret Côtes du Rhône Villages ‘Tradition’ 2012, a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Carignan has all of the prerequisites: ample black fruits, pepper and liquorice. The palate is velvety and textured and the finish deliciously fresh. A relatively new and very welcome addition to BinTwo, not surprisingly Domaine de Mourchon is no longer a well-kept secret with their growing reputation for quality and great value wines and this red is no exception at £14.50 a bottle.
Now for the bangers and mash, a cheeky Rhône-style blend from Clare Valley is on the menu. This Southern Australian wine region, particularly renowned for classy Riesling, enjoys long warm days tempered by cool breezes and cool nights producing fragrant, structured and often powerful Shiraz. Kilikanoon Killerman’s Run GSM 2012 combines these qualities with the savoury characters of Mataro (Mourvèdre) and the fruit and chocolate of Southern Hemisphere Grenache. A long, flavourful and hugging red for these cooler autumnal evenings, an affordable £15 a bottle.