Autumn Reds

Who doesn’t love a good list, right?  Terry Kirby of the The Belfast Telegraph taps into the ease and familiarity of a list and provides what he considers to be the best ten red wines for Autumn.  Here are the top three and what Kirby has to say about each.  Check out the full article to discover them all.

1 Perrin & Fils Vacqueyras 2004 £9.49

One of the more affordable wines from the Perrin family, who produce top-end (and very expensive) Chateauneuf du Pape. A fabulous, classic Rhône wine, made from old vines, 80 per cent Grenache and 20 per cent Syrah; typical black fruits and pepper, it is perfect with the Sunday roast and will keep for a few years.; 0800 188 884

2 Flagstone Fiona Syrah 2002 £9.99

Another excellent Syrah from an emerging South African producer, named after, and influenced by, the winemaker’s sister, reflecting what it said to be her “vivacious and complicated” style. The result is a powerful but controlled blend of black fruit flavours, with woody, spicy overtones.; 08451 283 797

3 Spier Private Collection Shiraz 2004 £10.99

A justifiably award-winning bottle from one of the big names of South African wines. Typically bold New World style, with plenty of juicy fruits and a spicy edge, yet still manages to be much more restrained than most Shiraz.; 08456 056 767

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