Hamish Anderson’s tasting notes
South American reds
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.