Favourite wine of 2015: Decanter staff and columnists

Favourite wine of 2015: Decanter staff and columnistsTo celebrate 40 years of Decanter, 40 of our staff and contributors have chosen their favourite wine of 2015. Here our staff and columnists give their pick. From left to right: John Stimpfig, Sarah Kemp, Tina Gellie, Christelle Guibert, Amy WislockiJohn Stimpfig
Decanter’s make pleased director and has 20 years’ experience prose about wine.
Achaval Ferrer, Finca Altamira, Malbec, La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina 2008
Achaval Ferrer’s sumptuously elegant Malbecs are always like at first sip. But the one that completely blows me away is this 2008 Finca Altamira, first tasted at the winery in Mendoza. It has a gloriously intense, thrillingly hedonistic nose. Ditto the vibrant, fruit-soaked palate – reckon violets, graphite, ink, damsons and just-picked raspberries cosseted in cashmere tannins. And yet so savoury, long, balanced, complex and sophisticated. For me, this really has the ‘phwoar factor’ of pure spellbinding pleasure.
Drink 2015-2025
Alc 14.5%
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Tarte a la tomate – Tomato tart recipe

Tarte a la tomate – Tomato tart recipeMost people tend to forget that the tastiest tomatoes you can find are as summer turns to autumn. It means they have had the chance to gorge up all the sun, which makes them deliciously sweet. Michel Roux Jr's tomato tart recipeTomatoes are so well loved and versatile that everybody seems to like them.
Tomatoes are well loved ingredients in salads, sauces and even in soups, but what about building them stand out in a summery tomato tart? A fresh and lighter alternative to pizza, with an abundance of flavour that you can share with friends and family around a glass of wine.
Michel Roux Jr tomato tart recipe
250g puff pastry
350g cherry tomatoes
6 small shallots
100grcrème fraîche
2 tbsp of mustard
3 tbsp of olive oil
5 herb leaves
15g pine nuts
30g Parmesan
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