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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Bremerton Tamblyn, Langhorne Creek, 2018

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Bremerton Tamblyn, Langhorne Creek, 2018

A blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Shiraz, 11% Malbec and 5% Merlot. A quintessential South...

Style

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionLanghorne Creek

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBRE118

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Malbec

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot,  Margaret River, 2019

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Capel Vale Debut, Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot, Margaret River, 2019

Blackcurrant, plum and cherry with a hint of spice. This is a polished and smooth take on the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginAustralia

RegionMargaret River

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeCAP219

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon & Merlot

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Apaltagua, Syrah Reserva, Maule, 2020

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Apaltagua, Syrah Reserva, Maule, 2020

A lot of Syrah / Shiraz has been planted in Chile over the last twenty years – and as the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginChile

RegionMaule

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeAPA119

GrapeSyrah

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Jean Guiton, Pommard, 2018

From three plots - Rue au Port, En Mareau and Les Vignots - situated on either side of the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV14.4%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI918

GrapePinot Noir

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Huber-Verdereau, Bourgogne Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, Les Constances, 2019

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Huber-Verdereau, Bourgogne Cote D'Or Pinot Noir, Les Constances, 2019

From two parcels 35 and 45 years old, from cement tank biodynamically farmed (Demeter...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV12.5%

Bottle75

CodeHUB319

GrapePinot Noir

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 Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

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Finca Tobella, Priorat, Selección, 2017

A blockbuster, a blend of Carignan, Grenache and Cabernet Sauvignon with a year in oak....

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionPriorat

ColourRed

ABV14.8%

Bottle75cl

CodeTOB317

GrapeCarignan, Grenache & Cabernet Sauvignon

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Peique, Mencia, Bierzo, 2020

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Peique, Mencia, Bierzo, 2020

Of the 40 hectares of this family run estate 98% of it is dedicated to the grape Mencia. This...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionBierzo

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePEI220

GrapeMencia

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

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Vieille Dynastie, Lalande de Pomerol, 2018

60% Merlot with 20% each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc; on gravelly soils over a...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBordeaux

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVID118

GrapeMerlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc

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Domaine Pichat, Cote Rotie, Champons, 2016

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Domaine Pichat, Cote Rotie, Champons, 2016

Champon’s lies in the northern, schistous sector of the appellation. This wine shows Côte...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodePID316

GrapeSyrah & Viognier

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Ici, 2017

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Domaine du Joncier, Lirac, Ici, 2017

Based on Grenache with Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan, biodynamic (certified Demeter). Intense...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeJON417

GrapeRhone blend

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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune 2017

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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune 2017

"Mid crimson. Light, fresh, pretty fruit on the nose. Very emphatic and full of fruit. An...

Style

Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionBurgundy

ColourRed

ABV13%

Bottle75cl

CodeGUI217

GrapePinot Noir

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Vriesenhof, Limited Release Red Blend, 2018

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Vriesenhof, Limited Release Red Blend, 2018

Vriesenhof only occasionally releases this wine, made with some components left out of the...

Style

Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI518

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