First up the Velvet Devil, described by its winemaker Charles Smith, a former rock and roll manager as ‘PURE VELVET! Milk chocolate, wild blackberry, baking spice, rose oil…beautifully perfumed Washington in a glass….Velvet Devil? HELL YEAH!’

In 2006, Charles Smith created Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project, which centers around the trend that most people generally consume wine without delay. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety (Merlot that tastes like Merlot) and true to the place of origin. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and approachable.

Next up an old favourite, d’Arenberg’s Dead Arm, this was a though choice because Chester Osbourne winemaker at d’Arenberg has some great names like the Derelict Vineyard and Daddy Long Legs. The Dead Arm is named after a vineyard disease that plagues viticulteurs worldwide, and kills of half of the vine. Partially fermented in oak, wines from d’Arenberg’s various top parcels of Shiraz are then matured in barrel for a total of 24 months, the best selected for inclusion in this premium blend. Full-bodied, spicy and rich with cinnamon, chocolate and earthy tones really coming to the fore, perfectly complementing the immense backbone of ripe red fruit.