Reds up to £15


Corbières Tradition Rouge 2016 Chateau La Bastide

Guilhem Durand at Chateau La Bastide in Corbières in France’s Languedoc makes some of the tastiest, best-value wines in the region. This juicy, dark fruit and herb-scented blend of 80% Syrah with Grenache Rouge and old-vine Carignan is excellent value at £11.00 a bottle.


Côtes du Rhône ‘Le Temps Est Venu’ 2016 Domaine Ogier

Stéphane Ogier makes some ethereal Syrah wines in the Côte Rôtie, and I was delighted to find that he is also now making a fantastic Côtes du Rhône. This fruity, supple red, a blend of 80% Grenache and 20% Syrah grapes, is one of the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s also extremely good value at £14.05 a bottle.


Rocky Road Shiraz 2015 McHenry Hohnen

David Hohnen, the talented Aussie who put Cloudy Bay and Cape Mentelle on the map, created this exciting new wine a few years ago, and it’s become a firm favourite among my clients. It comes from the Margaret River region of Western Australia, long famed for its high quality wines. It combines elegance and richness and costs a good deal less than it tastes (£12.65 a bottle).


Beaujolais ‘Origine’ Vieilles Vignes 2018 Domaine du Vissoux

A really good example of how Beaujolais can and should taste, this 100% Gamay wine is produced organically and bottled without filtration to preserve freshness and concentration. It offers an inviting aroma of ripe red cherries with a hint of cinnamon and luscious, silky-textured fruit on the palate (£14.65 a bottle).


Vergelegen Premium Cabernet/Merlot 2012

André van Rensburg, the winemaker at Vergelegen in Stellenbosch, South Africa, makes a host of stunniing wines, and he organised an extensive tasting for us during our visit in 2015. The Premium Cabernet/Merlot, along with the Premium Sauvignon Blanc, stood out for its amazing quality/price ratio. It offers claret-like aromas of cassis, spices and cedar, and intense dark berry and spice flavours (£11.05 a bottle).


Rustenberg RM Nicholson 2016

Named after former winemaker Reginald Merriman Nicholson, this wine is a blend of Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Aging in American and French oak barrels adds a note of toasty spice to its rich flavours of blackcurrants, forest berries, dried herbs and black pepper. Not surprsingly, it has won a host of medals, including double gold at South Africa’s National Wine Challenge in 2016 and Silver at the International Wine Challenge in 2016. Not bad for a wine priced at just £11.15 a bottle.


Mendoza Malbec 2017 Altos Las Hormigas

Malbec is to me the distinctive Argentinian grape, and the Mendoza region in the foothills of the Andes produces its finest examples. This wine, made by the handsome, charismatic Alberto Antonini and bottled without fining or filtration, combines a powerful bouquet of ripe dark berries and spices with a rich, velvety texture (£13.05 a bottle).


Promised Land Shiraz/Cabernet 2015 Wakefield Wines

It’s not easy to find an affordable Shiraz/Cabernet blend, but this one from Wakefield Wines in South Australia’s Clare Valley ticks all the boxes. Its soft, silky textures and juicy damson and cassis fruit with a hint of chocolate richness add up to a more-ish wine that can be drunk with pleasure now or cellared for another 12 months or so. (£9.75 a bottle).


Amigos Red 2016 McHenry Hohnen

This flavourful blend of three Rhône varieties combines the savoury character of Shiraz with the spicy, redcurrant fruit of Grenache and the earthy warmth of Mataro (aka Mourvèdre). It comes from an exciting recent venture headed up by David Hohnen in the Margaret River region and costs £14.35 a bottle.

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