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.

Les Vignerous d'Estezargues Cotes Du Rhone French Red Wine Reds from Languedoc

Red

  • Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2018

    Product Code: ESZ118

    Les Vignerons d’Estezargues, Cuvee des Galets, Cotes du Rhone, 2018

    “Juicy, unfiltered blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Syrah: raspberryish mouthful, mildly spicy and very moreish. A long term favourite at SVS. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Rhone
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2017

    Product Code: VEG217

    Vega del Rayo, Rioja, Vendimia Seleccionada, 2017

    “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 Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2015

    Product Code: MOP115

    Domaine Monier Perreol, Saint Joseph, Terres Blanches, 2015

    “A wine of such finesse, melding vanilla and clove oak aromas with silky layers of blackberry and blackcurrant. Great purity, length and perfume....”

    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, 2018

    Product Code: BOR318

    Bodegas Borsao, Garnacha, Joven, Campo de Borja, 2018

    “Bodegas Borsao is a big co-operative, marketing wines from over 600 growers whose land undulates across the Moncayo hills. Garnacha (Grenache), the...”

    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, 2018

    Product Code: LAH118

    El Lagar de Isilla, Ribera Del Duero, Roble, 2018

    “A best-seller here, 95% Tempranillo with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, given precisely 122 days (it says so on the label) in French and American oak...”

    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, 2012

    Product Code: CAE412

    Carinae, Malbec, Hommage, Mendoza, 2012

    “Amazing old-vine Malbec from 93 year old vines in a high altitude vineyard at Calle Cobos, Perdriel in Luján de Cuyo, just south of Mendoza; tiny...”

    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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  • Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2017

    Product Code: BAJ317

    Château Barrejat, Madiran, Cuvée des Vieux Ceps, 2017

    “Old vines indeed, over 80 years and some pre-phylloxera, so perhaps over 150 years old: 80% Tannat plus the Cabernets, well-oaked. Inky purple....”

    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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  • Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2016

    Product Code: CLB616

    Francoise & Denis Clair, Hautes Côtes de Beaune Rouge, 2016

    “From 35 year old vines on clay soils above Maranges, unoaked, a pure wine for lovers of old-fashioned fresh    Burgundy....”

    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, 2017

    Product Code: PON617

    Ca’ di Ponti, Nero d’Avola, IGT Sicilia, 2017

    “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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  • Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2017

    Product Code: DGA217

    Domaine du Grand Arc, Corbieres Rouge, Reserve Grand Arc, 2017

    “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, 2016

    Product Code: LAH416

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

    “92% Tempranillo from 50-70 year old vines, with Cabernet and Merlot, given fourteen months in French oak. Showy and extrovert, showing intense black...”

    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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  • Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2016

    Product Code: BAD816

    Badenhorst Family Red, Swartland, Coastal Region, 2016

    “71% Shiraz, 13% Grenache, 11% Cinsault and 5% 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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  • Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Cuvée Prestige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    Product Code: GRC315

    Château Les Gravières de la Brandille, Cuvée Prestige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2015

    “From 88% Merlot and 12% Cabernet Sauvignon, and a selection of older vines on prime gravel and clay soils, this has spent 12 months in oak barrels,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Coastal Region, 2018 (screwcap)

    Product Code: BAD618

    Badenhorst, Secateurs Red, Coastal Region, 2018 (screwcap)

    “The latest vintage is unusual in being based on 82% Cinsault, with 10% Shiraz and 8% Grenache, just rounded by big old oak vats. The Cinsaut makes...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium 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 Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2016

    Product Code: FON116

    Domaine Fontanel, Côtes du Roussillon, Rouge, 2016

    “From Syrah, Grenache and Carignan grown on schist near Maury, unoaked and a classic Roussillon red, with those characteristic notes of spice, tar and...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Full Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Roussillon
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2017

    Product Code: CNV117

    Conviviale, Primitivo, Salento, 2017

    “Gutsy grape of Croatian origin (aka Tribidrag), genetically identical to Zinfandel. Bittersweet black fruit, generous, punchy and bold. Now-2020”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Puglia
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • False Bay, Pinotage, Western Cape, 2016 (screwcap)

    Product Code: FAB816

    False Bay, Pinotage, Western Cape, 2016 (screwcap)

    “Bittersweet raspberry and bilberry fruit, bold and juicy, with just a smidge of tannin. Now-2020”

    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: 14%
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  • Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016(screwcap)

    Product Code: LEQ616

    Lequin-Colin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, 2016(screwcap)

    “All the wine goes into barrel, 10% new. More sophisticated than usual in this vintage, fresh and zesty …”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Light Bodied

    Rated 2 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Burgundy
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2015

    Product Code: BDU615

    Château Beauregard Ducasse, Cuvée Albert Duran, Graves, 2015

    “Gruff M. Perromat’s top wine, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon with a little Petit Verdot, well-oaked. First impression is of great mass; then it...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

    Product Code: KRO2NV

    Krohn, Port, Rio Torto Reserva, NV

    “The small house of Krohn is perhaps better known for excellent colheita tawnies, but this superior Ruby struck us as great value. From the classic...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Full, Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Portugal
    • Region: Douro
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 20%
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  • Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016

    Product Code: PLA116

    Château La Plaige, Bordeaux Supérieur, 2016

    “Charmingly labelled wine - which we have shipped many times before. It's a blend of 60% Merlot and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon in the superb 2016...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2015

    Product Code: GRC115

    Chateau Les Gravieres de la Brandille, Bordeaux Superieur, 2015

    “"And one from the right bank, a sort of baby Pomerol with a medicinal hint and great richness. Drink over the next few years. …”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Bodied

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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