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It is not the flesh but the skin of the grape that gives colour - and flavour. Hence some drinkers find reds more ‘satisfying’ - simply because they have more flavour sources! While whites have apple/citrus flavours of pulp, these are ‘built over’ in reds by stronger red and black fruit, spicy and earthy flavours caused by maceration (soaking/fermenting on skins). This ‘leaching’ is almost exclusive to reds, also leading to fuller texture and weight of solids (phenolics). The most important phenolics - besides colour compounds - are tannins. From both skin and pip, the quality of tannins help red wines to age and determines their style as soft and fruity (low tannin) or firm and structured (high tannin). 

Reds

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  1. 2016 Bodegas Septima Malbec

    2016 Bodegas Septima Malbec

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A superb Malbec that typifies the insane value coming out of Argentina. It is made by a 'reference point' producer with a cosmopolitan outlook and a long history of exceptional quality for the ...
    Elsewhere up to $17.99 Save $2 $15.99 per bottle
  2. 2014 Johnny Q Shiraz/ Viognier

    2014 Johnny Q Shiraz/ Viognier

    88 Points James Halliday
    An everyday quaffer that offers great value. Good critics scores and 2 Gold Medals prove its unbeatable value. Bright and juicy - jump in! ...
    • NZIWS Gold
    $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle

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  3. 2014 Symington Altano Douro

    2014 Symington Altano Douro

    90 Points Richard Caro
    Normally $20 this is a superb red from the Symington Portfolio who are more know for their famous port brands such as Grahams and Dows. However over half the Douro Valley is given over to red ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $5 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  4. 2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

    2015 Theory and Practice Hawkes Bay Syrah

    91 Points Richard Caro
    A super-fine Hawkes Bay Syrah from pedigree producer Ant Mackenzie (ex-consultant at Dry River). A cracking vintage has delivered Ant another ripe yet elegant wine, with fine red and black fruit ...
    Elsewhere up to $24.99 Save $10 $14.99 in mixed 6+ or $16.99 per bottle
  5. 2013 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Padthaway Red

    2013 Henry's Drive Pillar Box Padthaway Red

    93 Points Sam Kim
    With four years in bottle this is drinking beautifully! It was built to last, with the whole package of concentrated flavours and lovely tannins and oak. Lashings of softening dark fruits make ...
    • IWSC Silver
    $15.99 in mixed 6+ or $17.99 per bottle
  6. 2014 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz-Cabernet

    2014 Heartland Langhorne Creek Stickleback Shiraz-Cabernet

    90 Points Richard Caro
    A lovely, juicy red blend from Heartland by legend Ben Glaetzer. Produced from vines up to 20 years old from the under-rated Langhorne Creek region (close to Coonawarra), this is fresh and dark ...
    Elsewhere up to $19.99 Save $2 $17.99 per bottle
  7. 2013 Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Syrah

    2013 Coopers Creek Hawkes Bay Syrah

    5 Stars Cuisine
    Amazing discount on the #4 ranking Syrah in Cuisine's recent tasting. Only six wines out of 70 entries scored 5 Stars and these averaged over $50! showing you want an amazing buy this 2013 Syrah ...
    Elsewhere up to $22.99 Save $6 $16.99 in mixed 6+ or $18.99 per bottle
  8. 2016 Vina Zorzal Garnacha

    2016 Vina Zorzal Garnacha

    90 Points John Caro
    A superb Grenache from old vines in the undervalued Navarra region of Spain. This wine is delicious at the worst of times, but the 2016 vintage was one of the best -- even more hot and dry that ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle
  9. 2015 Vina Zorzal Tempranillo

    2015 Vina Zorzal Tempranillo

    90 Points John Caro
    A very satisfying red from old vines in provincial Spain. Here in Navarra they can grow wonderful Tempranillo like their southern neighbours in Rioja, but they can't charge the same high price. ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle
  10. 2015 Tarima Organic Mourvedre

    2015 Tarima Organic Mourvedre

    Rick’s Picks
    90 Points John Caro
    An incredible red buy - not just organic but dark and luscious. Tarima highlights what Monastrell (aka Mourvedre) can do, with intensity of flavour and colour that's not only fruit but also ...
    $17.99 in mixed 6+ or $19.99 per bottle

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