Insiders Picks: Excellent Red Wines For Christmas

Christmas is here, and parties would be incomplete without some excellent bottles of wine:

2012 Grange, S$855

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A whimsical expression of multifaceted blending philosophy leads from this original, powerful bottle. The perfect gift for wine connoisseurs, one might say, since this one comes with a perfect score of 100 points from Master of Wine Andrew Caillard, offering a delightful palate, fashioned from fully-ripe Shiraz grapes, intense and structured with a striking demonstration of Shiraz and its synergetic relationship with the climates of South Australia.

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2014 Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz, S$94

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Make this one a personal gift from the exclusive Christmas Gift Box, where one can engrave their lovely messages on the beautifully packaged box. Commonly referred to as ‘Baby Grange’, some components of Bin 389 were matured in the very barrels that once held the previous vintage of Grange. The result is of course, a lovely blend of fruit and oak, with an excellent combination of the richness of Shiraz with the firmness of Cabernet Sauvignon.

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2013 St Henri Shiraz, S$125

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A cellar tag accompanies the exclusive festive gift box, where one can pen some personalized notes. A rich bottle, plush when young, ages with increasing mocha-like characters and a touch of earthiness. Whilst Cabernet was introduced in small doses to improve the wine’s structure, St Henri remains distinctly Shiraz. One might consider this particular wine a fascinating, alternative expression of Shiraz, honored by time.

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