A Complete Information on All Leading Brands Red Wine

Markus Reed | News May 08, 2015

Red wine is a type of wine made from dark-coloured (black) grape varieties. The actual colour of the wine can range from intense violet, typical of young wines, through to brick red for mature wines and brown for older red wines. Each type offers its own unique flavours and characteristics. By learning about the types listed here, you will know what to expect from different red wines and blends.

Merlot:

Merlot is a soft, supple wine with nice fruit flavors of plums and blackberries and occasionally mint, chocolate and eucalyptus flavors and aromas. Shines in places like California, Chile and Washington State.

Cabernet Sauvignon:

It is more assertive than Merlot, with more tannin and greater aging potential. It can have flavors of blackberries, plums, black currants, and cassis. Aged in oak, Cabernet Sauvignon can take on flavors of vanilla, cedar, chocolate, and coffee. 

Pinot Noir:

Pinot Noir grape continues to deliver single-varietal wines that are among the best in the world. Pinot Noirs are delicate wines that taste of red fruits like cherries, raspberries and strawberries. With age, flavours and aromas become more complex, developing earthy notes like mushrooms and decaying leaves.

Shiraz:

Shiraz Australian versions are typically big, bold and spicy with jammy fruit and aromas of leather and black fruit. Syrah is at home in the Rhone region of France, where the grape makes spicy, rich, darkly delicious wines that increase in complexity as they age. Syrah also makes delicious wines in Australia, where it is marketed as Shiraz.

Other Red Wine to Consider:

Sangiovese:

It is the wine grape that makes Chianti, a tremendous food wine with flavours and aromas of cherries and rose petals.

Nebbiolo:

It is the grape variety that makes Barolo and Barbaresco, the noble (and pricey) red wines of the Piedmont region of Italy. With age, flavour notes of plums and cherries are enhanced by flavors of smoke, tar and roses.

Malbec:

It is a star in Argentina, where it produces inky wines with an attractive smoke and leather quality. 

Tempranillo:

It is a famous grape of Spain, where it is used in wines of the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions.

Zinfandel:

It has found its home in California, where it produces big, fruity, often spicy red wines.

Best Red Wines Under $20

  • BackVintage Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
  • Brookland Valley Verse 1 Margaret River Cabernet Merlot
  • Balnaves of Coonawarra The Blend
  • Chapel Hill Parson's Nose McLaren Vale Shiraz
  • De Bortoli (Victoria) Bella Riva Sangiovese
  • De Bortoli (Victoria) Gulf Station Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
  • Hoddles Creek Estate Yarra Valley Pinot Noir
  • McPherson MWC Shiraz Mourvedre
  • Mike Press Single Vineyard Adelaide Hills Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Pondalowie Vineyards Vineyard Blend

Other Good Red Wines Available in Australia are:

  • The Informant Shiraz ($10)
  • Scarpantoni Mclaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 ($16)
  • 2011 Sister Run Cabernet ($18)
  • JJ Hahn Stelzer Road Merlot 2013 ($19)
  • Flametree Cabernet Sauvignon ($20)
  • Dandelion Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 ($24)
  • Cape Barren Goose Shiraz 2013 ($24)
  • Geddes Cabernet Sauvignon ($25)
  • Rochford Estate Pinot Noir ($30)
  • Peter Lehmann Mentor Cabernet Sauvignon ($42)