The 10 Best seasonal red wines
Spring seems to be delayed, so while there's still a bit of a nip in the air, treat yourself to a glass of a delicious full-bodied wine...
Thursday 07 March 2013
Kick off your shoes and grab yourself a couple of large glasses. This blend of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon is a heart-warming medium-bodied red wine, boasting silky tannins and a long finish.
Aldi's own-brand Spanish Toro Loco Tempranillo excelled in blind taste tests alongside reds costing nearly 10 times as much. It's fruity and rounded – perfect for entertaining.
If you can afford to splash on one luxury bottle this month, opt for this gold-medal winner at the International Wine Challenge. It's stunningly balanced, with spicy hints of liquorice and coffee.
While Central Otago gets all the New Zealand Pinot Noir attention globally, much more Pinot Noir is produced in Marlborough. The result is that some of the best bargains come out of Marlborough, as The Ned – an impressive and smooth-drinking Pinot – proves.
Argentinian Malbecs have been flying off the shelves for the past few years, largely because their emphasis on soft, ripe fruitiness and velvety textures make them safe and reliable. This one stands out, with its big, ripe damson and blueberry fruit with smooth tannins and a hint of spices. Great for while there is still a nip in the air.
This cannot fail to warm the cockles of your heart, particularly if you serve it with a Sunday roast and steamed greens. Aromas of redcurrant, plum, dried herbs and spices are followed with cassis flavours, which balance the soft tannins.
This is the full-blooded kind of red that can take on roasts, casseroles, game and mature cheeses – in other words, all the best dinner-party dishes. Decant it for maximum effect and enjoy the broad texture and fleshy tannins.
Only in its third year of production, Tour De Belfort has already scooped 10 awards. Praised for its suppleness, fruity length and spicy aromas, it is produced using organic methods at a small family-owned vineyard in south-west France.
This delightfully plummy, award-winning wine is a good price for a wine of this age and quality and goes a treat with steak and kidney pie or, as it's also suitable for vegans, a hearty vegetarian bake.
Described at the Decanter World Wine Awards as "a supermarket with a wine merchant's soul", M&S has every reason to be proud of this year's red wine offerings. This rich, naturally made wine is a perfect partner to a grilled steak this weekend.
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