Wine for the weekend - Mandrarossa Carthago 2006 Sicilia Nero d'Avola

Next month’s wine column has just landed on the drinks editor’s desk and, having read about some seriously juicy reds, her mouth is still watering (metaphorically). With this in mind, we rummaged through the Esquire cellar/office cabinet to pull out this tempting Sicilian number. Made from 100 per cent nero d'Avola (Sicily’s most important grape – nearest comparison is to a New World shiraz), this is a densely fruity wine - plums, raspberries and cherries - with gentle tannins. The great thing about Sicilian wines is they match incredibly well to the regional food, so serve with robust Mediterranean dishes. £16 at www.carluccios.com

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