APPEARANCE: Exceptionally deep, inky-purple colour
AROMAS: Dense dark brambly fruit, with hints of raspberry or redcurrant
TASTE: A grape originally from NE Italy, here boasting many different flavours – ripe black cherry, licorice, traces of vanilla and even a touch of smokiness are all apparent. Tannins still have a little bite, acidity is quite high and there is a bittersweet hint of almond on the finish – but beautifully smooth overall!
FOOD PAIRING: A perfect match for roast lamb, pork or beef; or creamy types of cheese
OVERALL: Although seldom seen outside its native Italy, this varietal became our bestselling red when first introduced four years ago – and has been a firm favourite ever since