A mouthful of ripe strawberries with whiffs of mulled spice, what’s not to like. It’s an opulent red, with a hot-blooded temperament, comparable to those from the vineyards of southern Italy. Known as Primitivo in the ‘heel’ of Italy but made fashionable as Zinfandel in California, this black skinned grape variety thrives in warmer climates. Barrel matured for one year in French and American oak, this is a big wine, and is perfect for drinking with hearty casseroles and game dishes. It also goes down beautifully with liquor filled dark chocolate truffles. Buy online from www.grandeprovence.co.za at a cellar door price of R150 (buy a dozen bottles for free delivery anywhere in SA).