2018 Hopes End Red, Angove Estate, South Australia, Australia
Angove Family Winemakers is a fifth generation South Australian family winery with a passion for crafting iconic and single vineyard wines from McLaren Vale as well as a selection of premium wines from some of South Australia's great wine growing regions.Soft lush boysenberry marmalade and cherry jam laced with subtle new oak. This red blend is intriguing and indulgent. Silky velvet smooth on the palate, showing hints of vanilla and chocolate, with a long, lingering length. Perfect with steak or hearty pasta dishes.
2020 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 Dom Martinho Red, Bacalhoa, Alentejo, Portugal
Made from a selection of grapes: Aragones, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, from one of the key vineyards named Dom Martinho in Quinta do Carmo. This wine has a very expressive aroma of ripe berries, its good level of acidity gives it unique freshness and elegance.
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 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.
2017 Syrah, Castillo de Aresan, Castilla, Spain
This is an excellent example of the Syrah grape from central Spain. There is some vivid blackberry and blackcurrant on the nose along with a hint of violet (very common in Syrah). The palate is ripe and fruit laden, it's smooth textured and has a lovely silky finish to it.
From the producer: Our property in Spain, in the wine region of La Mancha, is entirely organically farmed thanks to its geographical location and natural climatic conditions. Indeed, the property of 200 ha in one piece around the cellar makes the monitoring easier and it easier to react in the vineyard. It is located at an altitude of 750m which gives to our plants a natural protection against diseases and a reduction of insect populations.
As a result, we do not need to do a lot of treatments to protect the vine.
Also, Castillo de Aresan is the only property with 100% of its products in organic farming in the region.
In the spirit of our approach in Organic Farming, we wanted to take a step further at Castillo de Aresan for the natural environment and work in a vegan approach with 100% vegetable wines.
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.
2017 Source de Rouge, Chateau Ka, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
A delicate bouquet of red fruits and subtle spice whilst red pepper and soft tannins add to the fruit and fills the palate with hints of liquorice.
Château Ka is an extraordinary story of determination and resolve.
Akram Kassatly built his winery in the Bekaa Valley in 1973. Shortly after the first wines were made, Lebanon was engulfed by war. The winery was forced to close and Akram moved into other businesses. Finally in 2005 he announced that he was going to try again. Today, Château Ka is the only winery in Lebanon to produce wine entirely from their own vineyards. Akram creates both rich, concentrated reds and beautifully fresh, fruity, crisp white wines that are some of the finest in the country.
2015 Minervois 'La Liviniere', Domaine de Tholomies, Languedoc, France
This wonderfully rich and intense red is right up there with the very best of the Languedoc. La Liviniere is one of the few vineyards in the Languedoc with 'Cru' status, and it's clear to see why with this wine. It has some vivid cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate with some immense coffee and dark chocolate notes alongside. There is some definite ageing potential, but it offers some serious drinking pleasure right now.
2020 Chateauneuf du Pape, Domaine Chartreuse, 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.
2007 Chateauneuf Du Pape Cuvee Prestige, Roger Sabon, Rhone Valley, France
'The brilliant 2007 Châteauneuf du Pape Cuvée Prestige (60% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre, and the balance almost every other authorized red grape of the appellation) is produced from parcels that average 90 years of age or older. It reveals the essence of Provence in its dense plum/purple color and powerful aromatics of sweet creme de cassis, black cherries, licorice, lavender, pepper, and incense. The wine possesses terrific depth, a blockbuster, opulent, multilayered texture, and a finish that lasts nearly 50 seconds. This sensational Châteauneuf du Pape should drink well for 15-20 years.' 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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.
2017 Chateauneuf-du-Pape 'Cuvee Anonyme', Xavier Vignon, Rhone Valley, France
"Tasted from barrel, the 2017 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Anonyme adds toasty notes, cedar and vanilla to the whirlwind of fruit Vignon was able to harness in 2017. Blueberries, black cherries and stone fruit notes abound in this plush, full-bodied red that remains silky and focused on the long finish. It looks to be a terrific effort." 95-97pts Wine Advocate