Wines of the week: Three anytime drinking reds

‘It’s up to you. All I can do I’ve done.’ It's 50 years since Neil Diamond penned his ode to the red stuff, and to celebrate, Terry Kirby selects three good value, juicy numbers for anytime drinking

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From Australia

De Bortoli Daydream Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, 2015

A really succulent, easily accessible pinot, showing a lightness of touch not always apparent from the land of the big and ballsy shiraz.  Fragrant cherry aromas on the nose, with lots of fresh bright fruit flavours and just enough of a mellow undertone. Good for most dishes with a tomato base, but also, lightly chilled, with cod or salmon steaks. 

£9.79 Waitrosecellar.com

From Italy

Barbera D’Asti 2014

A much lighter barbera d’Asti than the one recommended in this column a couple of weeks ago, this still has the same moreish fruit and nut chocolate flavours, with some sweetish tannins and a lingering finish. A far more interesting and alluring wine than the rather boring label might suggest – and ideal with a midweek pizza. 

£9.50 (As a case of 6 for £57) marksandspencers.co.uk

From Spain

Avaniel Tempranillo,  Ribera Del Duero, 2015

A lovely, young, unoaked tempranillo with masses of dark cherry and brambly flavours and just a mere hint of herbs and spice, shot through with a pleasant freshness giving it loads of addictive character for the price. A terrific all-purpose wine, with or without food. 

£7.50 thewinesociety.com

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