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11 must-try reds before summer

Publish Date: 29 Sep 2017

Authored by: Campbell Mattinson

Halliday Wine Companion tasting team member Campbell Mattinson offers a sneak peek at some top-value red wines to watch out for ahead of the points being published.

Red wine

White wine tastes fantastic but red wine is for drinking. The problem is that the best months for drinking are the cooler months or, because this definition must be stretched as far as possible, the not-too-hot months. This means that time is fast running out. A strategy is now required. The run from now until Christmas is when a list of great-tasting, great-value reds is most critically required.

I just took a sweep through my reviews of the past month or two and was struck by some of the value. Even at full tote odds, prior to any retailer discount, there is some swashbuckling value around. I’m not going to say that it’s the Best of Times because we’re lucky in this country; we are always spoiled for choice. But if you think that you need to pay high prices to drink well then I’m glad you’re not my partner because you must be incredibly hard to please.

Should you keep this list by your side at all times over the coming months? Put it this way, I’m doing a thorough search of my pockets before putting any clothes in the wash. All the following wines are kicking goals from all angles.

2015 Pikes Los Companeros Clare Valley Shiraz Tempranillo ($20)
View tasting note for the 2014 vintage

2015 Mr Mick Tempranillo ($17)
View tasting note for the 2014 vintage

2015 D’Arenberg The Footbolt Shiraz ($18)
View tasting notes for the 2014 vintage

2015 Angus The Bull Cabernet Sauvignon ($22)
View tasting note for the 2014 vintage

2015 Hay Shed Hill Pitchfork Shiraz ($16)
View tasting note for the 2014 vintage

2016 Torzi Matthews Vintners Schist Rock Shiraz ($22)
View tasting note for the 2015 vintage

2017 Oakridge Pinot Meunier ($28)
View tasting notes for the 2016 vintage

2016 Chapel Hill The Parson McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon ($18)
View tasting note for the 2015 vintage

2016 Scott La Prova Sangiovese ($25)
View tasting note for the 2013 vintage

2016 Willow Bridge Estate Dragonfly Geographe Shiraz ($20)
View tasting note for the 2015 vintage

2016 Tar & Roses Heathcote Shiraz ($20)
View tasting note for the 2015 vintage

Campbell Mattinson



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