“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars,” Benjamin Franklin reportedly once said. We may not be astrologers, but with wine sales soaring right now, there’s never been a better time to indulge in a moment of discovery. Whether you’re looking for the best bottles to stock your cellar with for aging, or craving a new taste to expand your horizons with immediately, we consulted master sommeliers and wine experts to help you discover a few of the best red wines—from innovative New World vintages to European classics—to savor both now and later.
Top 10 Best red wines in Uk 2021
Whether you’re a fine wine connoisseur or simply seeking an affordable red to help you celebrate the holiday season, it can sometimes be hard to find a quality red wine that compliments the food you’re cooking and has the flavour notes to suit your taste. From the grape on its vine to the supermarket shelf, red wines have come through a time-refined process up until the moment they reach your glass, but which ones are the best?
Here at, we’ve carefully curated a top 10 best red wines list of the most fruity and flavourful wines you can buy online this year. From dry to sweeter red wines, we have chosen them for their quality and value. From Merlot to Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon.
1. Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir 2017, 75 cl
Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir is made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes from Marimar Torres’ Don Miguel Vineyard in the Russian River.
Marimar Estate La Masia Pinot Noir is made from a blend of several clones of Pinot Noir, the 2016 is composed of 20% Swan, 20% Pommard, 20% Dijon 115 and 31% Dijon 667. The grapes undergo minimal crushing and are fermented in stainless steel. The wine is aged in premium French oak barrels, 46% new, coopered by Remond, Rousseau and Marchive from the forests of Bertranges, Allier and Central France. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Marimar Estate’s Don Miguel Vineyard is now 100% Organic. This wine is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The wine is named “La Masia”, which means “the farmhouse” in the language of Catalan from Marimar Torres’ home region in Spain. The winery is designed to look like a classic Catalan farmhouse.
2. Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon Wine 75 cl
Devilishly tempting full-on fruit from the master of Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.
A versatile flavoursome wine at a cracking price everything we have come to expect from Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon.
Deep red with meaty jammy cherry and black fruit aromas and flavours with plenty of firm ripe structure.
3. La Crema Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2015/2018 Red Wine 75 cl
Aromas of red cherry, raspberry, pomegranate and sweet tobacco. Multi-layered flavors of red, blue and black berry fruit, plums, cherries and a hint of blood orange underpin subtle layers of exotic spice and toast. Fine tannins and balanced acidity drive a long finish.
With notes of bold red fruits, this Pinot Noir pairs nicely with bacon-wrapped stuffed dates, and light and airy chocolate mousse.
4. Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz Cabernet
This appealing dry red by Wolf Blass is soft and spicy with mouth filling flavours of ripe berries well matched with light tannins. As part of the Red Label range, this Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon is an everyday drinking style which delivers real value for money.
5. Ringbolt 2018/2019 Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon Australia Red Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon – Red Australian Wine
Embraced by two oceans, the Indian and Southern, the Margaret River wine region enjoys a temperate, maritime climate providing wonderful conditions for the growing of distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon. Margaret River has an enviable reputation for the wines of this renowned variety.
The 2018 Ringbolt Cabernet Sauvignon is made from grapes grown on a small selection of sites, most in the “dress circle” Wilyabrup region of Margaret River. This is a wine which can be enjoyed now or will age gracefully in the medium term.
6. Rustenberg John X Merriman 2018 14%
A classic Bordeaux style blend of 53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. All hand picked. Aged in oak barriques (35% new French; 65% second- and third-fill) for 20 months.
This classic South African red wine is produced from low-yielding, mature vines on the South-West slopes of the Simonsberg mountain.. Plum and cigar-box aromatics prelude a multi-layered palate with an elegant tannin structure. This Bordeaux style blend typifies Rustenberg terroir and has good ageing potential, if cellared correctly.
7. Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon Red Wine 2016/2017
This beautifully fruit-forward, layered wine is rich, complex and offers a sumptuous texture. This is a great example of the vintage and all of its glory. It has spiciness from the Zinfandel, fresh, lush red fruit and dark, red fruit tones from the Syrah, with a kiss of chocolate from the Merlot. Sumptuous tannins from the Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Carignane envelope the mouth and linger beyond each sip, and a smile is brought to one’s face.
62% Syrah, 28% Zinfandel, 5% Petite Sirah, 4% Grenache, 1% Sangiovese
8. Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Pinot Noir 2017 Wine
A fruit-forward, lushly textured Pinot Noir expressive of sunny days and cool Pacific nights.
Grown in the cool climate of Monterey County, our Diamond Collection Pinot Noir offers a gorgeous fragrance and vibrant mouthfeel. Its elegant character and impeccable balance reflect a phenomenal vintage and exceptional fruit quality.
Carefully cultivated, first in the vineyards and later in the cellar, this vintage boasts complex notes of small red fruits, with a supple entrance and balanced acidity. Mid-palate is round and velvety. The lingering finish is harmonious and balanced.
9. ORNELLAIA, Bolgueri/Italy, RED WINE, SUPER TUSCAN
Most Super Tuscan wines are blends of Bordeaux varieties like cabernet sauvignon and merlot often blended with sangiovese. One notable example is the 2016 Ornellaia Bolgheri Superiore, a blend of 51% cabernet sauvignon, 27% merlot, 18% cabernet franc and 4% petit verdot (with no sangiovese).
From one of the best vintages for Bolgheri producers, it’s deep, dense, powerful and tightly-wound. While the wine needs time to unwind, it displays a careful balance between power and finesse, revealing a wide fruit spectrum, along with a plethora of sweet and savory spices, while the structure is framed by firm tannins and a long finish.
10. Nicolas Catena Zapata Mendoza blend 2015 75cl 14% ABV
The Catena family is renowned in Argentina for all they have done for the industry in the country,” Osborn says. “Their wines are the best of the best. The Catena Zapata Nicolas is a perfect Argentine blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. It shows off the energy and power the red wines can produce here.
How to choose a red wine
Wine preference is very subjective. You may not necessarily enjoy what your friends like.
That’s why it’s important to try out as many grape varietals as possible. To find the ideal match for your taste palette.
For those new to wine tasting, Here’s a few varieties to get you started.
- Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is the perfect red wine for understanding acidity. If you like Pinot Noir, the chances are you’ll enjoy highly acidic red wines.
A good bottle of Pinot Noir has exactly the right balance of tannins and acidity complimenting the fruity nature of the wine.
The body of the wine is also important. Shiraz is an excellent example of a full-bodied red wine.
You should be able to taste darker flavours such as plum, chocolate and tobacco. Try Malbec for a similar experience.
3. Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is a notoriously tannic wine. It leaves your mouth feeling dry when you swallow.
It’s popular in the wine-drinking world because of its rich, spicy flavour. If you like Cabernet Sauvignon, you’ll also enjoy Merlot, Chianti and Rioja.
Most red wines are high in alcohol, but Zinfandel is one of the highest. The high alcohol content causes Zinfandel to feel ‘bold’ and more intense.
High alcohol levels come from a high amount of sugar during fermentation. You can taste this sweetness in Zinfandel through its fruity flavour.
The perfect bottle of red is out there waiting for you. Be adventurous and try out new varieties, until you find something you like.
It’s a good time to be a fan of red wine. Not only have doctors approved it as part of a heart-healthy diet, but from Argentina to Sardinia, vineyards are producing delicious new vintages and reviving lost varietals. Red wine gets its color because the grape juice is left in contact with the skins. After that, much depends on the grape, the terroir and the winemaker: red wine can be fruity or dry, full- or light-bodied. Whether you prefer a juicy New World Cabernet Sauvignon or a traditional, easy-drinking Côtes du Rhône from France, F&W’s guide to red wine will help you choose the right bottle to match your meal. It also includes guides to reds by region, editors’ picks for value wines, plus tips and recipes for when you want to use your wine for cooking.