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Other Red Wines

One of wine’s greatest attributes is its diversity which we see in our selection of other reds. While many other beverages have a small range of style...

One of wine’s greatest attributes is its diversity which we see in our selection of other reds. While many other beverages have a small range of styles, the same certainly isn’t true for red wine. In fact there are so many red grapes to choose from that you could spend a lifetime getting to know them all, not to mention all the regions they are grown in around the world.

We classified our 'other red wines' as wines that are not made from well known grape varieties. That does not make these lesser wines - far from it. Grapes like Nebbiolo are included, which makes some of Italy’s greatest wines. Nebbiolo is not widely planted as it quite literally only reaches its peak in a handful of valleys in Northern Italy.

And there are other grape varieties included as it is only in recent years that their immense quality has been understood. Take Nerello Mascalese for example. This grape is only grown on Mount Etna, Sicily’s active volcano. For many years these wines were ignored and only enjoyed by locals. But recent times have seen their quality understood - so much so that Northern Italians are moving to Sicily, just to be able to make wines from this variety.

There are many exceptional alternate red grape varieties. Here are just a few worth getting to know:

Malbec - This grape is an essential ingredient as a small component of red Bordeaux but has shown itself to be ideally adapted to warmer, New World climates, such as Mendoza in Argentina and Langhorne Creek.

Mourvedre - Originally hailing from the Southern Rhone Valley where it is used to make Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Mourvedre, or Mataro as it is known in Australia, excels in hot dry climates in South Australia making wines that are powerful with a rustic edge.

Sangiovese - One of Italy’s finest, where it is used to make Chianti Classico and Brunello di Montalcino, Sangiovese is an exceptional variety with powerful fruit well matched with tannins and acidity. It is a grape well suited to warmer areas of Victoria and South Australia.

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