Love is in the air, mofo. It’s that time of year when your S.O. insists they’re ‘totally cool’ with not doing anything, while secretly preparing to judge your next move hard.
We’ve teamed up with magicmakers, Pana Chocolate, to offer you the chance to win one of ten $100 vouchers when you buy any Valentine’s Kit. Give your lover the gift of vino, and maybe a truckload of delicious choccies to go with it!
This is the REDS edition. Your odds of winning are the same, whichever version you buy. In this case, you get a bottle of each of the following:
Gusto Mama Sangiovese 2017
King Valley, Victoria
Gusto Mama truly is the matriarch of the dining table. On her command, family rivalries are set aside, at least for the day. This is unpretentious, humble wine with a generous soul but a calm, commanding presence - simply pour into a carafe, share liberally and drink with gusto!
The wine is rewarding, but wait till you add pizza. We’ve worked out how to make pizza better and that may just be the greatest discovery of all time. Gusto Mama tastes best when paired with lashings of rich tomato sauce, spread over a crispy base and topped off with, well, whatever you want.
YOU’D PAY $16.50 full price.
Big Easy Radio ‘Never Fail False Idols’ Shiraz Mataro 2016
McLaren Vale, South Australia
The winemaker describes one of his wines as ‘proudly walking down the beach without any pants on’. But we reckon you could apply that to everything he makes. This is the kind of wine that might be served from flagons, shoes or port bottles, as here. 2016 was a cracker of a Vale vintage, and this is really sizzling now. Ripe shiraz richness meets mataro’s savoury, earthen spice for a wine that pulls no punches but doesn’t overdo it either. It’ll go for a few years in the cellar, but it’s so good now we’d recommend a simple decant for fifteen minutes, then rewarding your own patience. You earned it.
YOU’D PAY $32 full price.
BLACK MARKET Pinot Noir 2016
Yarra Valley, Victoria
94pts Halliday Wine Companion
Some wines take a moment or two to realise what they’re about. I’ve had many a great bottle that I’ve fallen in love with, but only after an awkward first meeting - and the need for a while to ponder it for a while. Frankly, there’s none of that here. You can tell it’s great right from the get-go.
That’s not to say it lacks depth or complexity - quite the opposite. There’s gorgeous red cherries, laced with star anise, pepper and a breath of cinnamon from the gentle oak treatment. It’s just not one of those funky ones that needs warming to. It’s nuanced and immediately delicious. It’s got potential for the cellar, but I don’t think it needs it. I’d be tempted to let less immediately charming pinots sit while this one is being enjoyed. Don’t argue with a good thing, just share it around.
YOU’D PAY $40 full price.