A beautiful Bordeaux blend from Tuscany.
New wave Hungarian red: Vylyan Vörös Variáció 2021
Villány is probably still the most famous red wine region in Hungary. It’s not the most innovative, one could add, though. But here is a red which I would label as new wave, and it’s quite nice.
Supermarket wines: Chateau Haut Redon Bordeaux Superieur 2019
I have probably written this many times, but again, Bordeaux is one of the best wine regions offering great value reds. Probably it’s the best, considering the volume of these wines and also the reliability – I’m rarely disappointed. This Chateau Haut Redon is proving the point.
Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
Casillero del Diablo is probably the most well known Chilean brand in the whole world. I can’t remember the first vintage I tasted, but I liked them early on, and then less and less as my palate evolved. I have not tasted any in the last 7 years or so and spotting it on the shelves of Tesco made me nostalgic for the old times.
Simple pleasures – Lidl Bordeaux Superieur 2018
Wines like this make me think that Bordeaux is one the most reliable and best value producer of red wines in the World.
Solid Bordeaux – Chateau de Portets 2016, Graves
Bordeaux rarely disappoints me when it comes to red wines, I could not think of a more reliable wine region anywhere in the World.
Great Australian Cab: Woodlands Wilyabrup Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2015, Margaret River
One of the most Old-World-like Cabernet I have tasted from Australia. Big thumbs up.
A modern, well made Egri Bikavér: Böjt 2016
I attended Borjour’s so called Bikavér Duel event in March, where the two wine regions eligible to use the name Bikavér showcased their wines. Eger impressed me a bit more than Szekszárd, especially the Böjt 2016. I bought a bottle the next week.
The new old South African red – False Bay Revenant 2017
A curious blend: Cabernet and Cinsault. I follow the South African Winemag so I know this is a historical combination of the two grapes (mentioned here for example: Why Cinsault is becoming a thing (again) ), and I like the idea.
Shiraz-Cabernet from Provence: Château Sainte Marguerite Symphonie Pourpre 2017
A French take on Shiraz-Cabernet. Or do they make the original one? This blend is not uncommon in the south of France, just think of such icons as Domaine de Trevallon.