Hamish An­der­son’s tast­ing notes

South Amer­i­can reds

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2012 Mer­lot Brazil, Serra Gaúcha £8.79, Waitrose With the Rio Olympics this year you will see much more of Brazil­ian wine. Serra Gaúcha is the largest of its pro­duc­ing re­gions, in the south. For a grape that is of­ten te­dious at the lower price points, this has char­ac­ter. Mer­lot’s up­front, fruity charm is cut by spice and green pep­per.

2014 Santa Ju­lia Re­serve Tem­pranillo, Uco Val­ley, Ar­gentina £10, Sains­bury’s This is made by the Zuc­cardi fam­ily, a long-es­tab­lished op­er­a­tor in Ar­gentina whose wines’ qual­ity has shot up in re­cent years, so it is no sur­prise that this is a quite bril­liant bot­tle. Made from tem­pranillo, it is vi­brant, svelte and pure with rasp­ber­ries and ex­otic spice. A lot of wine for £10.

2012 Carig­nan ‘Orzada’, Od­f­jell, Maule Val­ley, Chile £15.95, york­wines.co.uk Carig­nan is of­ten pi­geon­holed as a work­horse grape for bulk wine. But in cer­tain spots it can do some­thing spe­cial, and Maule is one such place. This is a rich wine with dark bram­bly fruit, but its also has fresh­ness and aro­matic spice. An ideal part­ner for braised win­ter dishes. Best de­canted.

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