Waitrose & Partners Weekend Issue 627

37 1 DECEMBER 2022 International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) Wine Supermarket of the Year 2022 Côte de Brouilly Fernand Laroche Beaujolais £10/75cl (usually £14.99) This is a typically fruity Côte de Brouilly, made from Gamay grapes grown on the mid-slopes of Mont Brouilly in the Beaujolais region of central France. Good concentration of cherry and strawberry fruit is supported by rm but fresh tannins and gentle spice on the nish. Pairs wonderfully with sausages, chicken and cheese. A silky smooth Shiraz with dark fruit avours and an intense palate that goes beautifully with red meats. By renowned winemaker Walter Clappis, it’s made from grapes grown biodynamically and without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Rich enough to go with ribs or steak, it is the perfect wine for a cosy night in. The Hedonist Shiraz £10/75cl (usually £14.99) RasteauEdition Limitée £10/75cl (£14.99) El Piadoso Rioja GranReserva DOCa £10/75cl (usually £16.99) Dona Paula El AltoMalbec £10/75cl (usually £15.99) Produced by certi ed sustainable winegrowers in the southern Côtes du Rhône, this rich, oak- aged blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre has notes of wild Mediterranean herbs, ripe fruit and a powerful hint of liquorice on the nish. Pairs perfectly with herb-infused dishes, grilled meats and olives. A 10-year-old wine showing lovely smooth, ripe and evolving fruit character, with rmly structured acidity that complements the soft, tru ey wood spice and mature plum palate. With 36 months in barrel and a considerable time ageing in bottle, this is a treat for all classic Rioja fans, especially with lamb, pork belly or tenderloin. Crafted by Doña Paula, this is a lovely expression of highaltitude Malbec, hailing from Luján de Cuyo and grown at 1,050 metres above sea level. It displays ripe red fruit characters of wild strawberry and raspberry with balanced tannins and ne acidity. The 12 months barrel-ageing adds complexity and creates a long nish. Perfect with roast beef, goose or nut Wellington. Taylor’s Late BottledVintage Port £10/75cl (usually £16.99) Rich and full-bodied, this fruity port is aged ve to six years in wood before bottling. Wines labelled as late-bottled vintage emulate the vintage style but do not have sediment (or ‘crust’) and are therefore ready to drink immediately when released. Try this with fresh fruit; it also makes the perfect pairing with fruitcake and blue cheese.