Red Wine is made by crushing and fermenting red grapes on their skins whereas white wines are pressed before fermentation, separating the juice from the skins. This skin contact allows colour, flavour, texture and tannin to integrate into the juice. The resulting red wine might be characterised by deep rich flavours of blackberries, plum and black cherries - depending on which variety is used and how the wine is made. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, Malbec and Grenache are all popular red grape varieties but there are over a thousand more worldwide and many are vinified to make a lighter fresher style of red, think strawberry scented Gamay from Beaujolais or cherry noted English Pinot Noir. Red wine is a very versatile category, it can cover everything from easy drinking, youthful reds to red wines that will age for decades to come. There really is something for everyone.
A few suggestions, new stock and staff favourites...
In the shadow of the Andes Mountains, within the Uco Valley, Tupungato is a small high altitude appellation quickly building a reputation as a premium region in Mendoza. The varied soil composition helps create a distinctive 'terroir' and produces wine with a unique character. This highly expressive bottling is intense with concentrated fruit, elegant freshness and minerality with a long-lasting silky finish.
Utterly delicious and amazing value. A blend of Merlot and Corvina from the Veneto region that are partially sun-dried on the vine following the traditional 'appassimiento' method. This gives the grapes extra concentration of flavours and an amazing smooth velvety texture.
Acquired in 1975 by the Miailhe family, whose winemaking history dates back to the mid 19th Century, Verdignan's impressive Chateau stands out in the landscape of the Médoc surrounded by over 40 hectares of estate vineyard. Much like in the neighbouring St-Estèphe, the village of Saint-Seurin-de-Cadourne benefits greatly from the influence of the Gironde Estuary. This wine is a fantastic example of the 2005 vintage, considered to be one of Bordeaux's finest years.
A 25cl bottle of Curator Red Can 2020 by A.A. Badenhorst Family. A red wine from the Swartland region of South Africa. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz/Syrah, Cinsault and Grenache Noir.
A light and fresh style of red from the Region of Chieti on the east coast of Italy. Made from a blend of the typical grape varieties of the region: Sangiovese and Montepulciano, It is fermented in stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness of the fruit.
Nestled in the eastern reaches of Navarra, the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountains are a patchwork of dusty roads and old bush vine vineyards. This Garnacha is wonderfully intense, with bright red fruits, hints of spice and a beautiful texture. Easy drinking and elegant with careful use of oak to preserve the wild, energetic profile that defines this region.
Superb Côtes-du-Rhône from Romain Duvernay, known to insiders for supplying the best grapes that ended up in Guigal's wines. Today he bottles under his own name and offers one of the best value wines in the Rhône.
A single vineyard Pinot Noir from one of the most coastal vineyards in Chile, situated in the Leyda Valley of Aconcagua. Just 5 km from the ocean, morning mists much like those in Napa Valley and Bordeaux are brought from the west coast by the Humboldt current, and their influence is clearly represented in this bright, enigmatic Pinot Noir.
A 75cl bottle of Circle of Life Stellenbosch Red Blend 2019 by Waterkloof. A red wine from South Africa. A blend of Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot.
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