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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 vines age it’s getting better and better. About 1/3 of this wine goes into older French oak barrels, lending vanilla accents to the appealing cherry and berry flavours. Great with simple beefburgers. Now-2023


ColourRed

RegionMaule

GrowerApaltagua

Grape VarietySyrah

Vintage2020

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodeAPA119

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Shiraz / Syrah

Shiraz / Syrah  

Powerful, black-fruited, often aged in oak, syrah/Shiraz comes in varying styles but at the top (such as Hermitage) can be spectacular and very long-lived.

There is no question that Syrah is now the most fashionable red grape for new plantings in many New World countries, especially South Africa and Chile.

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Chateau Barrejat, Madiran, Tradition, 2019

"It is hard to believe that I am writing up a ten-quid (OK, £11) Madiran in the hottest spell in our nation’s history, but there are many reasons why this wine should be unleashed this summer and into the autumn, too. Barréjat is a very rare wine indeed. This tender, silky, medium-minus, as opposed to medium-plus-weight wine, is as refreshing and as harmonious as the Beaujolais that follows. The main difference is that it has a darker punnet of berries forming its core of flavours...

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ColourRed

RegionMadiran

GrowerDenis Capmartin

Grape VarietyTannat, Cabernet Franc & Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage2019

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBAJ119

Style

Medium Body

Light > Full

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Francis a parent of Cabernet Sauvignon.

A cross of it with Sauvignon Blanc resulted in Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Many of the red wines of the Loire are primarily Cabernet Franc.

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Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes has worked in the UK wine business for well over three decades. 

With experience in all sectors of the industry he has been writing about wine for over twenty years and during this time has penned fourteen wine books.  He now concentrates on four comprehensive annual Reports which are published on his website

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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 Australian wine. Big, bold flavours of cherry and blackcurrant with a sprinkling of black pepper. There is an appealing toasty oak note too. Now-2023


ColourRed

RegionLanghorne Creek

Grape VarietyCabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz & Malbec

Vintage2018

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeBRE118

Style

Full bodied

Light > Full

Cabernet Sauvignon

The most prestigious red grape?

Origins

  • Bordeaux region, as a natural cross of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc (established 1997 by DNA analysis)
  • Was known as Vidure or Petit-Vidure
  • Spread throughout left bank of Bordeaux, supplanting white grapes

Characteristics   

  • Fairly easy to grow: hardy, buds...
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Domaine des Amadieu, Cotes du Rhone Villages, 2021

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah and Cinsaut, all in tank, from vines farmed (and certified) bio-dynamically: explosively vital, from its enticing cherry perfume through a red cherry, raspberry and cranberry heart. Forward, juicy and altogether life enhancing. Again brilliant and with such reasonable pricing for the quality. Now-2027


ColourRed

RegionRhone

GrowerDomaine de Amadieu

Grape VarietyGrenache

Vintage2021

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

CodeAMB121

Style

Medium

Light > Full

Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2019

This is the latest vintage of one of our staples at SVS: about 50% Carignan, with 35% Grenache and 15% Mourvèdre, aged in two- to four-year-old barrels. It’s a robust wine: vivid, inky purple; dark-fruited, with hints of Christmas spice and that characteristic Mourvèdre meatiness. With freshness and bite, it’s as gutsy as a more expensive southern Rhône and as elegant and concentrated as a much more expensive Bordeaux. Now-2025
We have been buying from Grand Arc since 2002:...

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ColourRed

RegionLanguedoc

Sub RegionCorbières

GrowerDomaine du Grand Arc

Grape VarietyCarignan, Grenache & Mourvedre

Vintage2019

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

MethodOrganic

CodeDGA219

Style

Medium Bodied

Light > Full

Languedoc-Roussillon

There’s something very complete about our annual offer of wines from the Languedoc and Roussillon: with whites, rosés and reds, and wonderful fortified wines, the Vins Doux Naturels which are such a speciality of the region, there should be something for all tastes. Secondly, there are wines for every budget; at every level we believe these wines continue to offer terrific...

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Domaine du Grand Arc

Corbieres, France

Nicolas Schenk is now running the family estate created by his father Bruno. Bruno Schenk is still a legend here at SVS.

He was an engineer in Alsace before he came to buy vineyards in the Corbieres in 1995. At first he sent his grapes to the co-operative, but after one frost affected year he decided he had to come out and bottle his own wines to...

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Carignan

Carignan is the grape which really distinguishes the red wines of the Languedoc and Roussillon from those of the southern Rhône (in the latter Grenache is ubiquitous and dominant, and Syrah and Mourvèdre are the preferred blending grapes).

It has been a much maligned grape. For example Jancis Robinson’s Oxford Companion to Wine thunders: "Carignan,...

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Piekenierskloof, Grenache Noir, 2020

Piekenierskloof has more Grenache planted than any other estate in the Cape, including parcels going back to 1973. All goes into old, effectively neutral, oak. Stimulating aromatics – strawberries and spice. Wonderful purity.  Mouthcoating texture. Lovely winegum flavours with notes of clove and pepper. A real Rhône challenger. Now-2025
“Intense aromas of nutmeg, ginger, blackberry, freshly roasted coffee beans, and a hint of toasted oak sitting at the back. The palate is very...

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ColourRed

RegionPiekenierskloof

GrowerPiekenierskloof

Grape VarietyGrenache

Vintage2020

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

ClosureCork

CodePIK820

Style

Full-bodied

Light > Full

Piekenierskloof

South Africa

For years I had been hearing about Piekenierskloof – not as a wine producer but as a source of grapes for numerous other winemakers, young and old.

I didn’t realise that Piekenierskloof wasn’t just a ward (the smallest geographical unit in the South African regional classification) but one large estate, formerly a...

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Grenache / Garnacha

Grenache / Garnacha 

Grenache grows well in hot, dry regions, though it can develop very high (15 degrees+) alcohol.

As such it is grown principally in Southern France and Spain (as Garnacha). It is usually blended with other varieties in the Southern Rhône and Languedoc (Syrah, Mourvedre, Carignan, Cinsaut and others).

Its flavour usually encompasses the...

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Decanter

Decanter provides authoritative content, independent advice and our wine's recently featured in their top 5 (out of 149!).

The panel is made up of 3 experts: Jane Anson, Matt Walls & Matthew Luczy.

Any wine you see on our website that has the Decanter icon on the picture has had a great write up!

Jane Anson

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Barbecue Reds Dozen

Very interesting selection of wines with super service.
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An excellent wine merchant with great diversity on offer and some unusual wines. Excellent delivery service.

E Thomas

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Speedy and efficient service, quality wines. In summary a trustworthy company delivering quality.

R Papier

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Excellent selections of wines, great value always and first-class service!

J Menendez

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Just enjoying the Classic Provence Rose case. Four different wines and three bottles of each. Each one is different, dry and food friendly. Very elegant and not at all like the 'sweet pink'…

Paul G

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We have been enjoying the wines sought out by the SVS team for almost 20 years now and rarely buy anywhere else – always excellent value and my own preference for single variety characterful…

C Smith

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