Hand Picked Red Wine Collection

Hand Picked Red Wine Collection

Red wines at Hand Picked Hotels

I have selected a number of wines from our collection for inclusion in our wine list. These wines come from right across the wine region of Bordeaux and together give a wonderfully varied picture of the styles of Bordeaux and of the quality of wines which it can produce. I very much hope you will enjoy drinking these wines and experiencing the quality of the vintage for yourself.

Julia Hands - Chairman and CEO Hand Picked Hotels.

Red wine categories

Rose & lighter bodied red wines

Medium bodied red wines

Full bodied rich red wines

We believe that lighter red wines are perfect when drunk cool.

Recreate the ideal romantic riverside picnic where you cool your bottle in the lazy river; ask to have your wine brought to your table with an ice bucket and dip the bottle in for 5 minutes or so.

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With age, red wines tend to soften, hard edges are rounded off & aggressive tannins become supple.

Often the winemaker will age the wine in wooden barrels before the wine is bottled, which speeds up this softening process. This is particularly common in Bordeaux and Rioja.

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Is it right to decant wine prior to drinking?

The French view is that precious aromas are dissipated by early decanting, enjoying the crispness of a younger wine, whereas the British view is that time in the decanter softens & smoothes a wine, appreciating its maturity.

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Cool refreshing Rose

Rosé wine can be produced in a number of different ways. The most common of these is a wine made from red grapes, crushed and bled (referred to as ‘saignee’ in the South of France) so that the juice is run off the skins after a short red wine type maceration, then fermented like white wine.

Our rose collection




Petit Papillon Grenache Rose

Languedoc, France 2012
Salmon-pink with aromatic nose of raspberries and spices. This wine is lively and rich on the palate.



Lagrein Rosato Alois Lageder,
Alto Adige, Italy 2011/12
Pronounced red berries and violet scented wine.



Château des Sarrins Rosé,
Côtes de Provence, France 2012
A delicate pale pink, rose-petal colour with fine floral nose.



Sancerre Rose Andre Neveu,
Loire, France 2012
Attractive with light & aromatic strawberry flavours & a bone dry finish. 



Bobal de San Juan Rosado
Valencia, Spain 2013
Crisp red berry aromas, raspberry and strawberry flavours and a touch of Mediterranean herbs.. 



Ceppaiano Rosato,
Tuscany, Italy 2012
Vivid pink and purple tinges, fresh strawberry and peach aromas, and a crisp, spicy finish



Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Rosado,
Rioja, Spain 2012
Strawberry pink with hints of redcurrant on the nose. The palate boasts strawberry and cherry fruit notes and a delicious hint of liquorice.



Delicato Family Vineyards White Zinfandel
Califonia, USA, 2012
Succulent blackberry and cherry fruit is matched by refreshing acidity.


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Lighter Bodies Reds

The lighter red wines are ideal when drunk cool. Recreate the romantic riverside picnic where you cool your bottle in the lazy river; ask to have the wine brought with an ice bucket and dip the bottle in for 5 minutes or so.

Our lighter bodied reds collection




I Fiori Lamberti Valpolicella,
Veneto, Italy 2012
Bright, crisp red berry fruit and a soft palate supported by ripe tannins and crisp acidity.



Riva Leone Barbera,
Veneto, Italy 2011
Vibrant perfumed cherry fruit with alluring almond finish.



Les Sablons Veutoux Rouge,
Rhône, France 2011
Grenache and Syrah make a crunchy juicy wine ideal for chilling - the wine and you.



Fleurie Caves de Fleurie,
Beaujolais, France 2011
A striking and vivid red colour with concentrated red fruit. A great match for tuna.



Pinot Noir Heritage du Conseiller Bouchard Aine et Fils,
Languedoc, France, 2012
Fresh and vibrant with summer fruit and a hint of sweet spice.


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Medium bodied reds

With age, red wines tend to soften, hard edges are rounded off and aggressive tannins become supple. Often the winemaker will age the wine in wooden barrels before bottling which speeds up this softening process. This is particularly common in Bordeaux and Rioja. In fact the Bordelais contributed much to the style of Rioja wines we see today when they settled in La Rioja after their own vineyards had been devastated by disease in the 19th century. Huia Vineyards was established by Winemakers Claire and Mike Allan, who were drawn to Marlborough by the intense fruit flavours in the wines, New Ripe cherries and violets show on the nose alongside mixed spice and truffle notes. On the palate these characters meld with plum, dark berry and savoury flavours. Subtle oak and a fine tannin structure support this density of flavours.

It has always been traditional to cellar Bordeaux wines for a number of years before drinking. The ageing allows the wines to soften, lose some of the harsh tannins and mature into the wonderful wine that Bordeaux is renowned for. Typically a Cru Bourgeois is at its optimum between five and ten years, however a first growth wine may not reach maturity for about 15 years.

Les Tourelles de Longueville is the second wine from the famous Château Pichon Longueville Baron in Pauillac. It mirrors its glamorous relation with ripe but elegant cassis fruit. The Tourelles in the name refer to the towers which ornament each corner of the château.

The combination of muscular Cabernet with its dark berry fruit and softer, plumper, plummy Merlot is at the heart of Red Bordeaux making. Renzo Masi’s 30 hectare estate is the Fattoria di Basciano, situated in the heart of the Chianti Rufina region. Managed by Paolo Masi, this outstanding producr makes wines which are first and foremost about clean fruit and rich texture - nice dark fruit and chocolatey with smooth tannins. The predominant grape variety is Sangiovese which means ‘The Blood of Jupiter’.

Our medium bodied reds collection




Valdivieso Merlot,
Rapel, Chile 2013
Rich blackberry fruit backed up with gentle spiciness.



Huia Pinot Noir,
Marlborough,New Zealand 2011
Intense dark cherry and violets with characteristic silkiness.



Solarena Barrel Aged Tempranillo,
Carinena, Spain 2011
Enticing brambly fruit gives way to rounded, velvety, vanilla flavours.



Raccolto a Mano Rosso,
Tuscany, Italy 2011
Soft easy drinking style.



Dinastia Vivanco Rioja Crianza,
Rioja, Spain 2009
Dark and rich strawberry and raspberry fruit with gentle toasty spice and sweet oak.



Chateau Larrivet Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan, Bordeaux
France 2000
This has loads of chocolate and very ripe fruit. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and a long, long finish.



Little Eden Pinot Noir,
South East Australia, 2012
Aroma of cherries, strawberries and cola lead to red fruit with an earthy accent note.



Tim Adams Bluey's Block Grenache
Clare Valley, Austrailia 2011
Rich and fruity with flavours of blackberry and red fruits and some earthy and spicey notes.



Circa 1788 Shiraz Viognier,
South East Australia 2012
Blackberry brambly fruit and coffee flavours intertwined within a soft tannin structure.



Crooked Mick Cabernet Petit Verdot,
Murray Darling, Australia 2011
Lifted aromatics with fine, juicy tannins and an elegant concentration.



Morgon Marcel Lapierre,
Beaujolais, France 2012
Ripe plum fruit backed up with gentle spiciness from the region's most exciting biodynamic producer.



Stone Barn Cabernet Sauvignon, 
California, USA 2011
Rich blackcurrant with some spiciness.



Bodegas Campina Contadero Joven,
Toro, Spain 2010
Dark ruby-coloured, with a splendid bouquet of spice box, tobacco, lavender, black cherry; sweetly fruited, spicey and plush.



Chianti Riserva la Rocca, Villa Saletta 
Tuscany, Italy 2008
Fresh with violets adding to the dark, spicy fruit aromas. Dry, savoury palate with black cherry and dark chocolate notes and spicey oak.



Delicato Family Vineyards Zinfandel,
California, USA 2012
Velvety blackcurrant and spicy oak with damson, anise and an undercurrent of smoke.



Borgo Saletta Rosso di Toscana
Tuscany, Italy 2007
Soft fine fruitiness from Cabernet and Merlot with gentle barrel ageing.



Château de Malleret Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc
Bordeaux, France 2000
Soft, characterful Claret with blackcurrant fruit and a touch of spicy oak.



Cote de Beaune Villages Dom de Valliere,
Burgundy, France 2010
Cherries, raspberries and a hint of something wild, beautifully balanced with an understated juicy fruit.



Valdivieso Single Valley Pinot Noir,
Lontue, Chile 2011
Intense fruit showing strong cassis and dark cherry aromas. Round and smooth, with good acidity, and a long flavoursome finish.



Tour De Monestier Bergerac, 
South West, France 2011
Juicy, clean and fresh with plummy fruit and succulent chocolate notes.


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Full bodied rich reds

Is it right to decant wine prior to drinking? The conventional French view is that precious aromas are dissipated by early decanting; the British view is that time in the decanter softens and smoothes a wine. There is no surprise to this as the French have traditionally drunk their wines younger, enjoying their crispness and vigour, while the British have traditionally appreciated maturity and gentleness.

The vineyards of Château La Fleur Maillet have an admirable location in Saint Emilion, bordering on the best estates in Pomerol. The Merlot grape dominates. It produces a soft wine, whereas the Cabernet Franc contributes body and a remarkable bouquet, as well as great aging potential.

Il Corto is a blend of attractive Sangiovese fruit from Rufina with 10% ripe Cabernet which is inky dark in colour and rich on the palate with dark berry fruits, with smooth tannins and some toasted oak.

A Bordeaux vintage such as 2000 comes along once in a lifetime. Not also is the year an icon for the new millennium it is also a vintage that produced scores of outstanding wines. It is generally accepted that the excellence of the year surpasses that of great modern vintages, including 1995, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1986, 1985 and 1982. In recognition of these unique qualities Hand Picked Hotels invested in the purchase of a very significant number of the wines of Bordeaux 2000. The wines were purchased en primeur and both before and since their release have been stored in ideal conditions.

Our full bodied reds collection




Stone Barn Merlot,
California, USA 2012
Hints of ripe cherry, blueberry and blackberry with a dash of vanilla from new French and American oak.



Crozes Hermitage Domaine du Colombier,
Rhône, France 2012
Packed with spicy, brambly fruit with smooth integrated tannins and a big, bold structure.



Caruso & Minini Sachia Perricone
Sicily, Italy 2009
Heady with loganberry, cherry and sweet spice with a moccha finish.



Château Marjosse, Bordeaux
France 2000
Good velvety tannins with chocolate and plum, berry and floral character.



Château Villa Bel Air Graves,
Bordeaux, France 2000
A savoury, complex perfume of tobacco, earth, smoke, dried herbs, red and blackcurrants with a soft velvet textured finish.



Château Caronne St Gemme Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc,
Bordeaux, France 2000
Loads of ripe plum and berry with hints of mineral and lovely integrated tannin.



Château Cissac Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc,
Bordeaux, France 2000
A dense blackcurrant palate which is rounded, fleshy and well balanced.



Château Poujeaux Cru Bourgeois Moulis en Medoc,
Bordeaux, France 2000
Dense with sweet blackcurrant, mineral and earth, excellent texture, purity, and with a long, concentrated and firm finish.



Vallado Tinto,
Douro, Portugal 2011
The beguiling richness and damson spiciness of Port without the alcohol or sweetness.



Stellenhurst Fairtrade Pinotage,
Stellenbosch South Africa, 2013
Vibrant with juicy plum and blackberry characters, soft tannins and ripe, sweet fruit. Hints of vanilla provide a silky elegance to the finish.



Kloovenburg Shiraz,
Riebeek, South Africa, 2012
Deep, ruby red, milled black pepper, clean leather, touch of vanilla. Full concentrated juicy fruit.



Catena Malbec,
Mendoza, Argentina 2011
Dark violet colour and explosive aromatics. Its rich concentrated fruit flavours and soft tannins show potential of Argentine Malbec.



D'Arenberg The Dead Arm Shiraz,
McLaren Vale, Australia 2001
A complex combination of fragrant spices and violets, dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry. Rich, gusty and virile.



Tilia Malbec
Mendoza, Argentina 2012
Blackberry, cassis and baked blueberry with notes of chocolate, cedar, cinnamon and clove.



Kilikanoon Block's Road Cabernet Sauvignon
Clare Valley, Australia 2010
Inky dark with defined cassis fruit overlayed with tobacco leaf and cedar spice. Claret lovers will enjoy this as much as will Autralian wine fans.



Domaine Lafage Cuvee Authentique
Cotes du Roussillon, France 2011
Intense garrigue and dark fruit, floral and chocolatey.



Chateauneuf-du-pape Chateau St Jean
Rhone, France 2011
Full-bodied, peppery, garrigue-dominated with loads of blackcurrant and cherry fruit.



Fugue De Nenin Pomerol
Bordeaux, France 2000
This 'second' wine from the great Ch Nenin in Pomerol is a delicious Merlot dominated red with tobacco and berry character.



Saletta, Rosso di Toscana IGT
Tuscany, Italy 2007
Flagship wine from the Hands family trust's estate in tuscany. Intense Cabernet and Merlot with sweet oak spice.



Chateau Bernadotte Cru Bourgeois Haut Medoc
Bordeaux, France 2000
Owned by Pichon-Lalande this is an elegant, textured, smoky, wine offering scents of caramels intermixed with black currants, cherries, cedar and liquorice.


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*All prices are subject to change and correct at time of  publishing.


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