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09/11/2016
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Five Red Wine Varieties You Need to Try Today

Five Red Wine Varieties You Need to Try Today

Have you only recently taken an interest in wine, or perhaps just keen to try something new?

At Wine Connection, we believe in sourcing and hand-selecting every bottle of wine we sell. That way, we do the work for you, taking out the risk of you ever selecting a bad bottle of wine!

Today, Wine Connection introduces you to five interesting red wines we found from across the world.

1. Fizzy Sweet Reds – a sizzling sensation

Sparkling sweet red wines are a specialty of Italy, a land most famously known for its rich cuisine.

Given its charming pale red colour with soft violet hues as well as light and musky bouquet with subtle hints of rose, it’s no wonder a sparkling red wine like the Brachetto D’Acqui from La Gironda pairs perfectly with desserts, especially fruit tarts, wild berries, syrupy fruit. In true homage to its heritage, it is a perfect marriage with the traditional Amaretti biscuit, both produced in Piedmont.

2. Sangiovese wines – ruby red wine which garnets with age

Still within Italy, we travel to the region of Tuscany, where the Sangiovese grape has earned its name as Italy’s best-known grape. Because of its vibrant acidity, fresh cherry fruit and herbal scents, this grape goes extremely well with most tomato-based Italian cuisine. We recommend the Poggio Nero from Poggio Nero which has a vivacious ruby red colour that garnets with age. Its rounded and fruity taste is balanced by ageing in a traditional cask, which gives it a ripe fruitiness and a soft easy-feel taste.

3. Pinot Noir wines – the finicky ones

Pinot Noir wines are known to be the most finicky grapes to grow as they bruise easily and are the most sensitive to soil type, weather, humidity and sun. This makes it difficult to produce good quality Pinot Noir, and all the more so, one that is both good tasting and affordable. Wine Connection picks the Manos Negras from Patagonia, a wine as ironic as it can get. It is interesting to see how the finicky Pinot Noir chose the rugged hinterlands of Patagonia's desert vineyards to show its unique South American expression. Sourced from the Argentine region of Neuquén, these wind-swept vineyards with their cool southerly temperatures produce a wine of dark violet color, with floral aromas, ripe red fruit flavors and a soft, supple texture.

4. Shiraz – red and robust

Shiraz (also known as Syrah) is commonly described as a wine that is full-bodied and peppery. The B3 Barossa Valley Shiraz, for one, has an interesting flavours and aromas such as dark stone fruit, vanilla pod, and mixed berries together with a hint of Christmas pudding and – you’ll never guess this – old leather bound books. Imagine tasting and smelling all these different aromas, all at once! On your palate, the B3 Barossa Valley Shiraz is rich and full bodied, with stone evident in the front palate, and the cedar and leather characteristics in the mid palate with a dark chocolate finish. Don’t be intimidated at how many complex flavours there are, give it a try and treat your tastebuds today.

5. Merlot - the popular one

If all the wines were humans, Merlot would be the popular kid that everyone likes. Second in planting after the Cabernet Sauvignon, the lack of tannic bitterness creates a wine that is light, juicy and far less finicky than the Pinot Noir, which explains its popularity. A Merlot such as the Aresti Estate Selection from the Curico Valley in Chile produces a wine that has intense aromas of fresh fruit such as raspberry and touches of vanilla. Medium-bodied, it has sweet tannins in the mouth and a pleasant finish for easy drinking.

While we’ve taken you from Piedmont, Italy all the way to Pantagonia and Chile in South America, we believe that there’s no other way to appreciate wine other than tasting it for yourself.

Don't forget to check out Wine Connection's new arrivals, or come down to our weekly Wine Workshops and weekend in-store wine tasting sessions to try more wines from around the world. See you there!

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