2019 Pays de l'Aude Rouge, Le Havre de Paix, Languedoc, France
This friendly red from the Aude Valley is just what you expect from Southern France. It's light, fruity and very easy drinking. The berry fruit and gentle texture make this the perfect wine to have in the wine rack. It's a lovely glass on its own and great with lighter dishes.
2017 Capeman S M G, Darling Cellars, Darling, South Africa
A well-balanced wine with great drinkability. Serve with oven roasted lamb or smoked duck. From dry land, bush vines, this red blend displays a wide range of flavours including red plums, cherries and fresh crushed black pepper. The entry on the palate is smooth and juicy with a lingering finish. A blend of 42% Shiraz, 30% Mourvedre, 14% Grenache and 14% Carignan.
2019 Cairanne, Domaine Eyverine, Rhone Valley, France
This is a really gutsy Rhone red that really holds its own against some of the wines from its more illustrious neighbours. It's dark in the glass, with aromas of blackcurrant, liquoriceand spice. On the palate it's ripe dark fruit that dominate this rich and full textured wine. Rhone wine lovers should really take note of the Village of Cairanne as it is where some of the best value wines of the Rhone Valley are to be found
2019 Premier Shiraz, Simonsvlei, Paarl, South Africa
Shiraz is the rising star of South African grape varieties because it produces wines here that are full flavoured, spicy and smooth. Here is a great example, with a hint of pepper in the background to leave you in no doubt as to the variety.
2016 Vacqueyras, Domaine Beauvaquiere, Rhone Valley, France
Some of the wines coming out of Vacqueyras at the moment are really rivalling some of the best from the Southern Rhone, at this one from Domaine Beauvaquiere is a great example. It has a lovely concentration of autumnal blackberry and hints of roasted herbs in the background.
2019 Vacqueyras, Chateau de Montmirail, Rhone Valley, France
Good Vacqueyras is up there with good Chateauneuf, and this was the best we tried under £20 when choosing our range. It is full bodied and laden with ripe autumnal fruit, a hint of cherry and touch of clove on the finish. It will go extremely well with roasted meats, red meats in particular.
2016 Estate Wine, Rust en Vrede, Stellenbosch, South Africa
The flagship wine of Rust en Vrede, Estate Wine is a blend of Cabernet, Syrah and Merlot in a full-bodied and complex wine that truly reflects its terroir.
Crimson red. Gentle floral aromas of violets and jasmine are backed by hints of fresh leather and tobacco leaf, mulberries and forest floor. The palate replicates the nose with earthy flavours brought forward by dark fruits including blueberries and blackcurrant, all integrating well to create a lengthy finish with soft, velvety tannins. A blend of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Syrah, 9% Merlot.
Established in 1694, Rust en Vrede is proud to be part of a remarkable three hundred year old wine tradition. Since 1977 the Engelbrecht family has specialized in the exclusive production of red wine, with the focus on Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Proprietor Jean Engelbrecht has worked to establish Rust en Vrede as one of South Africa's premium red wine estates, with full-bodied and complex wines that reflect the uniqueness of the Helderberg terroir.
50cl bottle - 2018 Tabula Rasa Red, Wild & Wilder, South Australia
Living up to their name, Wild and Wilder are delighted to present the rule-breaking Tabula Rasa. Each year, the slate is wiped clean and, with no preconceptions, every vintage is original. #V18R draws on fruit from historic vineyards across South Australia, Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro and Carignan, this delicious wine captures the very essence of one season in a playful format that just demands to be drunk. The 2018 edition is lip-smackingly crunchy with vibrant black cherry fruit and exotic spice on the finish.
2019 Shiraz, The Accomplice, Riverina, Australia
Bright red in appearance with ripe raspberries and spice on the nose. The palate is juicy and plump with cherries and a gentle tannin finish.
2016 Syrah, Bolgare, Thracian Plains, Bulgaria
Deep garnet in colour, with aromas of mature red fruits with hints of dried plum and sweet fern. Full body with rich, juicy sweet tannins. This wine has a very pleasant lingering aftertaste.
2015 Ron Thorn Shiraz, Thorn Clarke, Barossa Valley
Ron Thorn Shiraz is made from Thorn-Clarke's best fruit and is produced only in exceptional years; named in honour of owner Cheryl Clarke's father.
Inky, deep red-purple. A rich, dark fruit nose with lifted liquorice and lashings of chocolate-y oak. The palate is dense and powerful with mouth filling presence. Intense dark fruits and cocoa with hints of smoke and spice. The tannins are firm and powerful but integrate well with the ripe fruit and give the palate impressive presence.
2019 Cracker Barrels Shiraz Cabernet, Paxton, McLaren Vale, Australia
The extremely limited Cracker Barrels is the result of winemaker Richard Freebairn selecting up to 4 barrels which he considers to be of the highest quality or ‘Crackers’ each vintage.
The 2019 vintage Cracker Barrels has been selected from a single parcel of Shiraz and Cabernet from Jones Block, the barrels are 100% French with no new oak. The wine has terrific intensity and depth of flavour, supported by subtle oak which makes this powerful Shiraz with small blend of Cabernet a pleasure to drink now and well into the future.
2015 Syrah Rinazzo, Pellegrino, Sicily, Italy
Rinazzo “Harsh desert terrain” 11ha of low lying vineyard is even hotter. Here the soils were formed from an ancient seabed helping to preserve water during the scorching summer months. This vineyard is perfectly suited to low yielding Syrah grapes.
Part of the ‘Family Estate’ range – 4 wines that are made from single varietals perfectly suited to the many terroirs of Sicily.
2016 Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Condorcet, Rhone Valley, France
This muscular Chateauneuf is robust yet elegant. The aroma of black cherries, blackcurrant and spice leads to a palate that has fine ripe tannins. Flavours of summer berries come through, finishing with a flourish of liquorice and spice.
2017 Terra Barossa Shiraz, Thorn-Clarke, Barossa Valley. Australia
This range pays tribute to the ideal grape growing terroir of the Barossa; the free draining soil structure combined with the region's continental climate.
Deep purple red with aromas of ripe plums, cherries and earth and subtle notes of vanilla and cloves. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a fruit focus, subtle oak notes and soft, rounded tannins. The wine walks the line between medium and full bodied with a plush mouthfeel.
2014 Heinrich Shiraz/Mataro/Grenache, Rolf Binder Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia
Named after Rolf Heinrich Binder, founder of the family winery, who dearly loved the blend of Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache.
Brilliant crimson colour, very bright, almost glowing and paling a little at the rim; pure, fragrant aroma at times floral but also showing warm climate richness and ripeness; the palate is much more delicate than that of Shiraz and builds gradually in the mouth and finishes with satisfying, delicious fruit and fine tannins. A blend of 50% Shiraz, 20% Grenache and 30% Mourvèdre.