October 3, 2018
Customers at Carruthers and Kent are always asking what my favourite wine is. To be honest, it depends a lot on where I am and what season it is.
We’re now moving from the season of a glorious Provence Rosé or a crisp Loire Sancerre to a more hearty autumn red and you can do no better than choosing Papale Oro Primitivo Di Manduria (Varvaglione 2015).
As the nights close in and a slight chill descends on us, Papale will lift your spirits.
It is a rich full-bodied velvety wine which oozes sensuality; notes of dark chocolate are followed by ripe cherries, kirsch and plums, so typical of the Puglian Primitivo grape. It’s aged for ten months in French and American oak, so has an added spiciness and very silky tannins.
Big red wines adore strong meat and mature cheese, so at At Carruthers & Kent, we offer complementary food with our wines.
We would pair the Papale with our ‘posh ploughmans’ a great scotch mutton pie from the feathers with a selection of our finest Northumbrian and Swiss cheeses. The wine would go equally well with a beef casserole or a wild boar ragu.
This award-winner is blessed, so to speak, and gets its name from a 17th century Pope as it is made from vines which he planted in that plot.
At £27 it’s definitely a weekend wine, so as an alternative weekday wine, try Pipoli Aglianico.
At £11.99, it’s a cheaper option but will match the food above.