Red

Red Wines


We offer more red wine than white on our website… Well, there is a view that a meal without red wine is like a day without sunshine…


As a general rule red grape varieties tend to perform at their best in warmer temperatures than white. So whilst one could argue that the very greatest reds of the world come from marginal zones where the local vines need to be coaxed to full ripeness - for example Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux, Pinot Noir in Burgundy and Syrah in the northern Rhône - there is abundant decent red wine available now from countries or regions enjoying a Mediterranean climate; in particular the south of France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, California, etc.


While certain grape varieties are associated with particular countries or regions (for example Sangiovese with central Italy, Tempranillo with Spain, Malbec with Argentina, Carmenère with Chile, the home-grown Pinotage with South Africa, Zinfandel with California), it is the varieties best known for making top French wine - Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, Syrah (Shiraz), Pinot Noir, and, to a lesser extent, Grenache and Mourvèdre - which have been widely planted all over the new world.


A word about ripeness, alcohol levels and climate change. Red wines, even more than white, are becoming more alcoholic. This is as a result of a number of different factors working together. First, consumers now seek riper wines - wines made from grapes which are picked properly ripe, with higher sugar levels which, once fermented out, become higher alcohol levels. (My theory as to why riper wines are so much more popular is related to us having become accustomed to higher sugar levels in a modern diet). Better management of the vines (in particular the "canopy" of the leaves) and more sophisticated weather forecasting has enabled growers to ripen their grapes better and pick at the right moment.


And on top of that is climate change. Thirty years ago reds from Bordeaux used to be bottled at 12-12.5%; since the hot 2009 vintage most examples show 13-14.5%, and some wines actually contain over 15% of alcohol.

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  • Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, C0tes du Rhone, Terra Vitis, 2016

    Product Code: ESZ216

    Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, C0tes du Rhone, Terra Vitis, 2016

    “Terra Vitis is a sustainable, minimal intervention farming discipline. As opposed to the Galets above this has Carignan and Mourvèdre in the blend...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2016

    Product Code: VEG216

    Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2016

    “A blend of about 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo, a cheerful, oaked (American and Russian) Rioja. Clean, raspberry, red and black cherry character,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Rioja
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    Product Code: ESP213

    Domaine des Espiers, Gigondas, les Blaches, 2013

    “Extravagantly flavoured, well-oaked example of tiny volume: Turkish delight - vivid red fruit and chocolate. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    Product Code: MOP514

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph Rouge, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    Product Code: MOP114

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2014

    “Restless experimentation and investment continues chez Monier. The latest toys in the pursuit of perfection are very expensive concrete eggs for the...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2017

    Product Code: BOR317

    Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2017

    “Borsao, based in Campo de Borja in the upper Ebro Valley, specialise in Grenache based wines. This offers a sweet, soft, juicy gulp of fresh...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Campo de Borja
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2016

    Product Code: LAH116

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2016

    “Our best-selling wine from Lagar de Isilla, a bodega in La Vid, just east of Aranda de Duero. 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, with just...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Ribera Del Duero
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

    Product Code: LAH314

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Reserva, 2014

    “100% Tempranillo, including some parcels 80-90 years old; in French barrels for 18 months. Pure, lifted red fruit perfume on smart oak. Currently...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Ribera Del Duero
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • CarinaE, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2010

    Product Code: CAE410

    CarinaE, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2010

    “Pure Malbec from plots of ancient vines on the south edge of Mendoza; very inky and concentrated indeed - essence of brambly fruit. Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    Product Code: BRE111

    Walter Bressia, Profundo, Mendoza, 2011

    “Walter Bressia, now in his fifties, has experience as winemaker and consultant oenologue for a number of Argentine estates. In 2003 he decided he...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    Product Code: CAE509

    Carinae, Prestige, Mendoza, 2009

    “About 70% Malbec, with 25% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, a selection of all the best parcels of the vintage, aged in new barrels for 18 months....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, Western Cape, 2015

    Product Code: FRY615

    Fryer's Cove, Pinot Noir, Bamboes Bay, Western Cape, 2015

    “Based on fruit from a cool coastal site, an attractively fast-maturing Pinot, so already one enjoys pleasing savoury and undergrowth hints. Supple,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Western Cape
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Ridge, Lytton Springs, California, 2015

    Product Code: RID215

    Ridge, Lytton Springs, California, 2015

    “74% Zinfandel, 16% Petite Sirah, 8% Carignan and 2% Mourvèdre from numerous parcels, based on very old vines, and all aged in exclusively US oak...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: USA
    • Region: California
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    Product Code: BAJ316

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2016

    “Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple. Flamboyant flavours of cherry, plum...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2015

    Product Code: VIB215

    Vicien, Bonarda, Catamarca, 2015

    “Bonarda, widely grown in Argentina, is genetically identical to Douce Noire, an obscure Savoie variety. Fresh blackberries and blueberries, with...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Catamarca
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2015

    Product Code: CLB615

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2015

    “"Sweet oak, tangy and attractive, with some fruit sweetness. Pleasant, if light. Subtle reduction. 89/100", Tim Atkin MW, Value Red...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Ca’ di Ponti, Nero d’Avola, IGT Sicilia, 2016

    Product Code: PON616

    Ca’ di Ponti, Nero d’Avola, IGT Sicilia, 2016

    “Brambly fruit. Honest, mildly rustic and characterful, better with food. Now-2019”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Sicily
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2016

    Product Code: CAE116

    Carinae, Malbec, Mendoza, 2016

    “Old vines deliver impressive concentration to this summer-puddingy, unoaked Malbec. Balanced, and with a fresh finish, this leaves one wanting more....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2013

    Product Code: CAE213

    Carinae, Malbec, Harmonie, Mendoza, 2013

    “"Lifted, sweet, wild, dark-red fruit and a hint of violets. But this is complex because it is also spicy and a touch meaty. Rich and thickly...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium, Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Argentina
    • Region: Mendoza
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2015

    Product Code: DGA215

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2015

    “One of our staples at SVS, about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache and 15 % Mourvedre, a splendid barrel-aged wine which can be drunk young or kept....”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Languedoc
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Crianza, 2012

    Product Code: LAH412

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Crianza, 2012

    “94% Tempranillo from 40-70 year old vines, with a little Cabernet and Merlot, given fourteen months in French and American oak. Showy and extrovert,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Spain
    • Region: Ribera Del Duero
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14.5%
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  • Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2015

    Product Code: BAD815

    Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2015

    “52% Shiraz, 21% Grenache, 18% Cinsault and 9% Tinta Barocca, given a very long post-fermentation maceration. Crafted for perfume, suavity and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2015

    Product Code: JON615

    Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Le Gourmand, 2015

    “Organic and Biodynamic. A mélange of blackberry, raspberry and cassis, very ripe with a lovely texture. Très gourmand indeed! Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full Bodied

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhône
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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