You’ve seen our Top 10 Wines under £10. You liked our Top 10 Wines under £10. How do we know? Well, you told us. So, we’ve decided to do a Top 15 Wines under £15. Whilst wines around £10 represent terrific value for money, we know that just going up a few more pounds gives you much more bang for your buck!
Yes, I know it’s a tad bit chilly out there but this has been an exceptional wine over the long summer months. It is literally like sunshine in a glass. A blend of two aromatic grapes, Fiano and Greco makes for a fruit bomb of a wine but with good acidity, making you want another glass… and perhaps just one more after that. To be certain you like it….
Chenin Blanc is one of the major white grapes of the Loire Valley in France. However, it has found a spiritual home in South Africa, where the wines produced are usually on the drier side, sometimes oaken, but always delicious. The Simonsig Chenin fits into the dry, stainless steel fermented category and is lip-smackingly good. Works very well with an array of Chinese dishes.
We’re huge fans of the Casa Silva wines and this barrel fermented Viognier is no exception. It’s rich, ripe and fruity with a fuller body style down to the good use of oak during fermentation and maturation. Very much a food wine, try this with a roast pork dinner
From the Loire Valley in France this Touraine Sauvignon Blanc gives many a more expensive Sancerre and Pouilly Fume a run for their money. Domaine Cartier are a small but top-notch producer and this Sauvignon has all the hallmarks of class in a glass. Crisp, dry and refreshing with mineral notes on the palate and a long finish. Great on its own, but this really comes into its own with goat’s cheese.
Malbec is THE grape of Argentina. But it isn’t just reserved for big, showy red wines. It makes very good, fruity rose wines too. This one from Don Cristobal is dry, but ever so fruity making it rather pleasant on the palate. Lovely on it’s own (or shared with friends), it will also go very well with poached salmon.
A rose made from South Africa’s very own grape, Pinotage. This wine from Delheim is on the off side of dry, with a touch more residual sugar left after fermentation. Not as sweet as some of the Californian Zinfandel rose, but not a dry rose by any means. Personally I would just enjoy this wine with friends but it wouldn’t look out of place beside a bowl of raspberries and strawberries.
The first thing that strikes you with this wine is the label, with its homage to film noir posters of the 1940s. This South Australian Cabernet Sauvignon is sensational - full of minty, chocolatey, spicy notes with a core of blackberry fruit. Great with burger and chips.
Possibly the best value for money wine we have at the moment. It’s really very good indeed. Wine writer Mathew Jukes loves it too, which is praise indeed. Primitivo makes for ripe and very fruity red wines which are great by themselves but even better with some pasta and tomato based sauce. Nothing too fancy.
A lovely claret. We are very fond of this wine. It has great structure, a good balance of fruit, tannins and acidity. As with all clarets it needs food to bring out the best so save this wine for a good Sunday roast dinner or even a cheese fondue if you fancy stepping back into the 1970s.
A blend of Shiraz, Grenache, Malbec and Touriga Nacional. This is truly a rich and spicy red. Well deserving of the names Bonfire and Extreme. This needs a big, juicy steak. lots of onions and some good old English mustard for some extra heat.
If you have ever heard of the grape Petite Sirah sometimes seen in Californian red wines, Durif is one of its pseudonyms and usually seen in Australia. This red from De Bortoli, one of the most famous wineries in New South Wales is very, very good. A deep, inky well of blackness, with ripe mulberry and blackberry fruit notes, spicy background notes and a long finish. This needs some wild and boar-like to match with.
Made by the team at Fairview, who brought Goats do Roam to the world of wine (their homage to Cotes du Rhone, but where goats do wander about the vineyards). The Goatfather is a homage to Italy but with a South African twist, blending Italian and international grape varieties together to form a sumptuously silky red wine. This works wonderfully well with crispy duck and pancakes.
The quintessential Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon - all blackcurrant and liquorice. Remember the sweets in the purple wrappers? Basically them in a bottle. Absolute yumsville. Seriously though, this is a terrific Cabernet from a well respected winery in the Maipo Valley. A long history of winemaking has brought together a great range of wines and this sits proudly amongst them. Try this with a roast leg of lamb.
Paying homage to Iggy Pop’s “The Passenger” song, this wine will change both in blend and in geography from year to year. The current 2015 vintage is a blend of 80% Syrah and 20 % Cinsault from grapes sourced from well respected grape growers in the Languedoc. The 2014 vintage was a 50:50 blend of Syrah and Grenache. Whilst the 2014 vintage was excellent and a great alternative to many inferior Cotes du Rhones, the 2015 vintage has just taken it up a couple of notches. Wow!! This is a crazily good wine for the money. Great on its own, it’s even better with a big, hearty casserole.
Here at W&W we love the Beronia wines. They fit very nicely into the “nicely fruity and smooth” category. Whilst the Reserva is our best selling Rioja, the Crianza is not far behind. Lashings of strawberry and redcurrant fruit, creamy vanilla notes and supple tannins make for a very good drinking experience. Food-wise? Well it’s Rioja so it must be lamb. Whilst the Reserva works with a leg of lamb, the Crianza works better with lamb chops or a shoulder.