A Chilean Cabernet Preferable to a Spanish Tempranillo with Braised Lamb Neck

We visited friends and our hostess served a Braised Neck of Lamb dish from Angela Hartnett’s “A Taste of Home”.  Our host opened a bottle of Carlos Rodriguez Trigales NV, which is a Rioja-like Spanish red from Naked Wines.  This was medium-bodied, smooth and with restrained strawberry flavours.  A pleasant, if not particularly exciting match with the lamb.

We had brought some wine with us and opened a bottle of Don Cayetano Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 from the Sunday Times Wine Club.  This medium-bodied Chilean red was full of blackcurrant fruit with a minty edge and complemented the lamb very well.

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