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Historically, and currently, the most consumed wine in the world, and it’s easy to see why with so much on offer. Here are some great value for money wines that are ready to drink now, and don’t necessarily have to be laid down - although some will develop further with time. There is a great mixture of old world classics that won’t break the bank, and some quality ones from the new world.
A family run winery, these vineyards are in the Central Valley is arguably Chile’s most important wine region, housing both the capital, Santiago, and many of the country’s oldest vineyards. The Andes influence the climate of the Central Valley dramatically, providing essential water for irrigation from snowmelt and coastal fogs moderate the temperature whilst the alluvial soil is perfect for grape-growing. This Carménère gives aromas of ripe plums, berries and bramble fruit. These rich, earthy berry flavours translate onto the palate where they are supported by soft warm spice and a hint of smoke. There is fantastic depth and concentration of flavour in a full-bodied style with an intense, lingering finish. Very good with a charcuterie board, but also spicy dishes such as steak. 13.5% and Vegan.
Bodegas Esteban Martin is located at the foot of the Iberian Cordillera. Winters are cold and summers are hot, there is little rainfall and temperature fluctuations tend to be extreme, which is why the vines and wines have great personality and character. the colour is bright ruby red and has an intense nose of red fruits and flowers. There is a good freshness on palate with nice sweet tannins. A very easy drinking wine and can be enjoyed with tapas or cheeses. 13.5% and Vegan.
A family run winery, these vineyards are in the Central Valley is arguably Chile’s most important wine region, housing both the capital, Santiago, and many of the country’s oldest vineyards. The Andes influence the climate of the Central Valley dramatically, providing essential water for irrigation from snowmelt and coastal fogs moderate the temperature whilst the alluvial soil is perfect for grape-growing. This Pinot Noir has gentle aromas of elegant red apple, raspberries and a subtle leafy note. It has good weight and structure which leads to a supple, juicy finish with a hint of mint. Perfect with aromatic vegetable dishes, chicken or pork. 14% and Vegan.
Coming from vineyards of Luján de Cuyo which sits at altitudes of around 1000m above sea level, this Malbec is aged in French oak barrels, of which 50% are new, for six months. The result is a wine with restrained dark berry and ripe plum aromas with incredible depth of flavour on the palate. Hints of burnt wood alongside dark cherries, blackberries and black pepper make this round and powerful in structure and well supported by velvety tannins. Dried fruit and spiced notes combine with hints of cocoa and vanilla on a lingering finish. An incredibly versatile style - pair with beef, lamb or game. Alternatively try with rich pasta dishes. 13.5% and Vegan.
Coming from a group of growers over and number of vineyards in Languedoc region and with a good variety of terrior. This Pinot Noir has deep morello cherry aromas with hints of violet. It has a rounded mouthfeel with lots of fruit flavours on the palate. It has balanced tannins with a good finish. This is a good and fun everyday wine. It's excellent with roasted duck or fleshy fish such as huss or monkfish dishes. 13.5% and Vegan.
This wine comes from the Toneles Winery which has some of the best wine regions of the province, such as Uco Valley and Luján de Cuyo. This is a fun wine which is slightly smoky with berries and plums on the nose. It's medium bodied with soft tannins and a hint chocolate. This is very easy pleasant drinking and great to have with a group of friends. Enjoy on its own or with anything coming off the BBQ. 13% and Vegan.
Coming from the Luján de Cuyo region of Mendoza where all of the grapes are hand-picked, the viticultural team apply biodynamic principles across the estate, though they do not hold certification. This lovely wine has an intense red colour with violet shades, and clear aroma of cherries and spices. On the palate, it conveys a defined fruit character, ripe tannins and a smooth easy drinking texture. Enjoy wine with steak or lamb dishes. 14% and Vegan.
The Marquis de Ségur, Nicholas Alexandre (1697-1755) was once the largest owner of vineyards in Bordeaux (owning three First Growths: Latour, Lafite and Mouton, amongst others) which earned him the nickname “Prince of Vines” from King Louis XV. Today’s vineyards are owned by Gisèle and Daniel Vidal with their son Florian taking an active role in the winemaking process. This wine gives bright red cherry aromas in a soft style. The palate has rich berries, a little green stalk and a hint of black pepper. Supple, silky tannins pair well with gentle spice on the finish which pairs well with Roast duck, venison or pheasant. A great drop at a great price! 12.5% and Sustainable methods.
Owned by renowned winemaker Mauricio Lorca with vineyards in the Vista Flores area of the Uco Valley, Mendoza, this winery is all about innovation and passion while working in a sustainable way. The first of his Malbecs, the Recoleta, gives intense colours, is very expressive yet smooth and elegant. Spiced in the nose and reminiscent of fresh cherry with a subtle touch of oak. In the mouth it's balanced with good acidity and a very pleasant finish. This is the perfect wine for when you're surrounded by friends or family and enjoying the BBQ. 13% and Vegan, Organic Methods.
Owned by the Aubert family and now run by the fourth generation of 3 brothers working together. This Côtes du Rhône, 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, comes from 40 year-old vines and gives rich red berries aromas alongside characters of smoky game and a gentle hint of mushroom. There is brilliant depth of flavour with bright red fruit on the palate, green capsicum and a spicy tone finishing with savoury notes in a medium-bodied style. You won't find better value for money wine which is the perfect accompaniment to duck, lamb or game. 13.5% and Sustainable methods.
This Rioja Baja based winery started in the 1950s and today is run by six families and operates from a modern cellar in the town of Alfaro. The wine is aged for 12 months in American oak barrels prior to bottling and gives complex aromas of ripe blackberries and gentle smoky red berries. It has incredible concentration and depth on the palate with soft bramble fruits supported by underlying notes of earthy spice and vanilla. It is powerful and rich in structure, yet generously smooth in texture. It has a long, velvety finish which can be enjoyed with chargrilled or barbecued meats. Alternatively, pair with hard cheese. 13.5% and Sustainable methods.
The small and mighty label `Marras` is led by talented young winemaker, Martin Lamprecht. Having previously worked in the Rhône valley, amongst others, Martin brings fresh ideas to his current home in the Swartland, a melting pot for hot new talent in South Africa. in his words, "All I really do is take the grapes by their hands and guide them to where they want to be." Marras Shiraz Cinsault from South Africa’s rugged Swartland has aromas of ripe plum, rose petal and a hint of smoke. The palate is full of juicy fruit flavours with an appealing spicy note and a gentle lingering finish. Perfect with any meats from the BBQ. 14% and Vegan.
Trastullo is an archaic Italian word that means something which gives you enjoyment. The front label is based on a work by French printmaker Jacques Callot who travelled through Italy in the early 17th Century recording his experiences as he went, particularly at the court of the Medici Family. The wine is made in Verona using an unusual blend of Corvina, Rondinella, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon. The result is an intense ruby colour and a nose of cherries with a hint of plum. The palate is velvety with sweet blackberries, ripe, cooked plums and black cherries. Best with Pizza or saucy pasta dishes. 13% and Vegan.
Trastullo is an archaic Italian word that means something which gives you enjoyment. The front label is based on a work by French printmaker Jacques Callot who travelled through Italy in the early 17th Century recording his experiences as he went, particularly at the court of the Medici Family. The wine is made in Puglia and scores a massive 4.3 on Vivino which should tell you something.T his Primitivo is deep red in colour with fresh varietal aromas, such as blackberry and cherry, which develop and become more complex over time. The palate is well balanced between the soft tannins and gentle acidity. You won't find better for the price, anywhere! A great match for a wide selection of red meat dishes, including steak and venison. 14.5% and Organic.
Bodegas Luzón is located to the south of the town of Jumilla with Its origins dating back to 1916. This wine comes from their Castillo de Madax vineyards with its sandy soils over a limestone base that’s at an altitude of 700 metres. Ripe fruit, sweet balsamic and toasted oak notes are on the nose. The palate has a very good structure on the mouth which is both silky and fleshy with the presence of dark fruit and roasted notes typical from its period in contact with the oak. This is a great Monastrell that will be an Ideal accompaniment to duck, pork, turkey, lamb roast and suckling pig. 13.5% and Organic
This is a 5th generation winery which is situated in western Sicily in the hilly territory of Salemi. The name Musita stems from the name of an ancient mosque (one of the most prominent in Sicily at the time) which was located in the area. Nero d`Avola is the most important and widely planted red grape variety in Sicily. This organic version is a bright ruby in colour with notes of cherry and plum on the nose. The palate is soft and round with juicy dark fruits and a chocolate character on the finish. Great with BBQ meats or spicy pasta dishes. 13% and Organic, Vegan.
Michael Kerrigan, a well know Australian winemaker, likens Margaret River's climate to "Bordeaux in a perfect year". This Pitchfork represents unprecedentedly good value considering that all of the grapes are grown in Margaret River - very unusual for a wine at the entry level from this region. This Shiraz is vibrant and youthful with ripe cherry and plum fruits on the nose, with smooth chocolaty influences. The palate displays good depth of fruit concentration, ripe sweet fruit fleshiness in the mid palate and a good flavour extension on the finish. Best with beef and venison. 14% and Organic methods.
This Cher valley (tributary of the river Loire) estate wine comes from 50 year old vines and spends about 10 months in used oak with helps give this Pinot a healthy amount of weight in the mouth. Lots of dark and red fruit like blackcurrant, cherries and raspberries on the nose. The palate is smooth and powerful with notes of liquorice and spice with a solid finish. Enjoy chilled, cool or at room temperature with a cheese board or summery BBQ food such as grilled meats and light salads. 13% and Vegan
Owned by renowned winemaker Mauricio Lorca with vineyards in the Vista Flores area of the Uco Valley, Mendoza, this winery is all about innovation and passion while working in a sustainable way. Some of this Malbec has spent time in oak and the resulting wine has a nose of dark cherries and blackcurrants with a touch of vanilla. The palate is full of plums and black-currents with hints of chocolate, oak and vanilla. The finish is long and velvety. A thoroughly enjoyable wine which maintains its freshness. Drink in front of the BBQ or enjoy with Beef, lamb or Poultry. 13.5% and Vegan.
Cantine Torri is a small private estate of mature vines that is fully converted fully to organic wine production. With ripe, bramble fruit aromas, and layers of red fruits and wild herbs on the palate, fine tannins keep the palate in check. This is absolutely the perfect time to crack open the 2016 which has been patiently cellared for a few years and is lovely to drink. Enjoy with Mediterranean inspired foods. 13.5% and Organic, Vegan