Villa Maria private Bin Shiraz Hawkes bay 2014

Attractive wine for Autumn, lots of plum and dark fruit aromas, a touch herb and even liquorice flavours. Very attractive and easy to drink. 

As temperatures fall through the floor here in Britain our veg turns heartier, our soups morph into stews and the free range chickens into shot heavy game. I’d pair this easily with assorted baked vegetables, an Irish stew with home baked bread, or a tender cooked heavily buttered bacon wrapped pheasant.


On top of it all it’s not badly priced at £13 for one or £11 for half a dozen from: