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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Red

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Jean Guiton, Savigny Les Beaune 2017
Jancis Robinson

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

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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...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionStellenbosch

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeVRI518

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Amandiers Rouge, 2019

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Amandiers Rouge, 2019
Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres, Amandiers Rouge, 2019

An unoaked blend of half Syrah with 20% of Grenache and Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre....

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ219

GrapeGrenache, Carignan & Mourvedre

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, L'Ampoule, 2020

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, L'Ampoule, 2020
Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, L'Ampoule, 2020

L’Ampoule is a slang synonym for a bottle: in the south of France they talk of “péter une...

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OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ420

GrapeGrenache, Carignan & Mourvedre

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Tarroussel, 2019

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Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Tarroussel, 2019
Chateau de la Liquiere, Faugeres Rouge, Tarroussel, 2019

Largely Grenache, from a lieu-dit near the cellar, with Carignan. This exhibits that lovely...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionLanguedoc-Roussillon

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeLIQ019

GrapeGrenache & Carignan

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Artisan Wines, Sankt Laurent Pure, Burgenland, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Sankt Laurent Pure, Burgenland, 2018
Artisan Wines, Sankt Laurent Pure, Burgenland, 2018

Sankt Laurent, or St. Laurent, is a dark-hued grape grown widely in eastern Austria and...

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Light > Full

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourRed

ABV12%

Bottle75cl

CodeART118

GrapeSankt Laurent

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018
Artisan Wines, Heideboden Rot, Burgenland, 2018

A blend of 55% Blaufränkisch and 45% Merlot, given 20 months in old oak, a joyous drink. The...

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OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeART318

GrapeBlaufrankisch & Merlot

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Artisan Wines, Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve, 2018

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Artisan Wines, Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve, 2018
Artisan Wines, Neusiedlersee DAC Reserve, 2018

In 2012 the Neusiedlersee Reserve DAC was created for wines from Zweigelt, fermented in oak and...

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Light > Full

OriginAustria

RegionBurgenland

ColourRed

ABV13.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeART418

GrapeZweigelt

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

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Goedverwacht, J & G Cabernet Sauvignon, Robertson 2020

Here's a pure Cape Cabernet, showing a whiff of smokey oak (from eight months in barrel)...

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Light > Full

OriginSouth Africa

RegionRobertson

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodeGDV320

GrapeCabernet Sauvignon

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La Purisima, Monastrell, Yecla, 2020

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La Purisima, Monastrell, Yecla, 2020

The Purisima co-operative in Yecla in Murcia is the source of our highly popular Consentido...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionYecla

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePUR120

GrapeMonastrell

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La Purisima, Filarmonia, Yecla, 2020

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La Purisima, Filarmonia, Yecla, 2020

MSM stands for Monastrell, Syrah and Merlot, 34% of the former and 33% of the others. Certified...

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Light > Full

OriginSpain

RegionYecla

ColourRed

ABV14%

Bottle75cl

CodePUR320

GrapeMonastrell

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Yann Chave, Crozes Hermitage, 2019

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Yann Chave, Crozes Hermitage, 2019

Unoaked, given a little micro-oxygenation, making for a forward wine which can be drunk quite...

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Light > Full

OriginFrance

RegionRhone

ColourRed

ABV14.5%

Bottle75cl

CodeCHA119

GrapeSyrah

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