A good red wine speaks for itself. Rich in flavour and instantly recognisable via their darker hues, the best red wines make full use of the grape, using both the skin and the juice.
There’s a wide variety of grapes to choose from and GP Brands offers an excellent selection. Because of this, if you want to buy red wine online and ensure you choose the right bottle for your tastes, it’s worth understanding the unique aroma that the most popular grapes offer.
This is just an overview of the most popular grapes around, but you can always find the red wine that’s right for you. There are, of course, many other grapes to choose from and there are even blends of the grapes mentioned below. This is why it’s worth taking the time to find the perfect bottle, as red wines certainly have a lot to offer.
An increasingly popular grape, the fruity flavour of Malbec makes it a very light and enjoyable drink. It often tantalises the tongue with the essence of plumbs and berries.
Despite its relative emergence, you can find some nice aged Malbec from Finca Notables, while both Catena and Melodias offer younger bottles from 2016 that still have that light flavour with a hint of vanilla.
A soft, ripe flavour, Merlot can be enjoyed with food or on its own. It offers a very gentle and pleasant palette, making it an easy wine to pair with.
This drink has enjoyed greatly in the Americas and with the likes of Matias Riccitelli Old Vines Merlot 2015, from Argentina, it’s easy to see why. Alternatively, the Merlot Doc Friuli Organic Brandolini 2014 offers the refreshing hint of raspberry and strawberry.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry wine with a rich flavour that reminds many of light peppers or cherries. It is typically pairs well with steak.
Although it originated in France, this grape is grown throughout the world. For example the Valdebellon Cabernet Sauvignon (one of the best) for example, comes from Spanish vineyards, while the Cabernet Sauvignon El Esteco is grown in the Calchaquí Valley’s lush vegetation rivers and rocky mountains there emerges unexpectedly a stretch of the Argentinian desert plots, inheriting the essence of cassis and dark chocolate.
Grown in the likes of France, California and Australia, Shiraz is best known for its deep flavour, reminiscent of blackberries – or toffee, if it has been oaked. It is often an intense, spicy experience.
For a recent example, try the 2016 Tooma River from Southern Australia. If you want something with a deeper, richer aroma, try d’Arenburg’s 2013 The Dead Arm Shiraz.
Known for its fresh, aromatic flavour, Pinot Noir is one of the more difficult grapes to grow, so the resulting red wines often come from more established vineyards, where it picks up the unique influences of the area.
The American Mac Murray’s 2013 Russian River has an extra soft and subtle sensation, thanks to the oak ageing process. Alternatively, the 2012 Pinot Noir from Omero offers a gentle finish, complete with hints of spice and rich fruits.