Wines to drink at Easter

Easter usually marks the beginning of spring and the point at which some wine drinkers veer from rich and wintry reds to lighter and slightly more delicate wines. Yet for some, the Easter weekend is likely to culminate in a family orientated Sunday lunch, which presents an ideal platform to showcase some delicious wines and some that don’t necessarily fall into the aforementioned category.

Roast lamb tends to be the most traditional meat served up on Easter Sunday. Its relatively moderate flavour profile makes it the perfect accompaniment with red wine, but equally, nigh on impossible to successfully match with white wine. Be careful of your chosen ingredients too, because mint sauce, for example, can have a negative effect on a wine’s intensity on the palate.

An elegantly rich Cabernet Sauvignon is a lovely match with roast lamb imbued with rosemary and thyme. If you are looking for something a little more fruity but with the similar weight, try and Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot blend such as the Château du Seuil Graves Rouge. Elegant yet concentrated, its fruity without being too dominant. 

A hearty Aussie Shiraz or a good Côtes de Rhône are great partners with lamb, but if you really want to find a perfect match, then we would recommend a Tempranillo like Don Jacobo Rioja Reserva. Lamb has a natural affinity with Rioja and this very fine one, made from Tempranillo and a touch of Garnacha and Mazuelo, is just the ticket. Its excellent value for money and it remains a real staff favourite. 
If you are happy to spend a touch more over Easter, the team at CellarVie Wines recently tried the Il Bastione Barolo from the north west of Italy. It has smooth tannins and concentrated, developed savoury fruit flavours that would work exceptionally well with a juicy cut of lamb. 

For tender style lamb dishes try juicier reds like a a New World Pinot Noir. Although strongly associated with Burgundy, Pinot Noir is now very much at home in the New World. New Zealand goes without saying but look out for Argentina in the Pinot race outside of France. Many New World Pinots will be ever-so-slightly lighter in style and will have enough balance to bring out the spring flavours of the food. 

Easter is not just about the lamb of course and the long weekend would not be right without a visit from the Easter bunny. This is a notoriously difficult match to get right but when done correctly it is hugely rewarding (on the palate and the waistline).

The Torres Moscatel Oro Floralis from Cataluña is delicious with chocolate eggs, albeit the burgeoning variety now available tends to make many suggestions redundant. This palate enlightening dessert wine from Spain is sweetly rich and an indulgent complement to the mountains of chocolate likely to be consumed over Easter.

Others advocate the more traditional route of Port and if you fall into this bracket then the tried and tested Taylor's Late Bottled Vintage Port with its velvety smooth texture, is more than a match for your array of Lindt chocolates.

The Nederburg Winemakers Reserve Noble Late Harvest is a real staff favourite and this famed producer's signature wine. A beautifully balanced dessert wine made from Chenin Blanc and Muscat this is excellent value and something a little different for those seeking a change from the more traditional sweet wines from Sauternes. 

There really are a host of beautiful wines worth exploring over the long weekend, so make sure you make full use of the time off and indulge in some of what we have to offer…
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Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 


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