Paula’s Wines of the Week Top Ten Red Wines For Under Six Quid 2014

As promised following on from last week’s Top Ten White Wines Under Six Quid of 2014 we now have Paula’s Top Ten  Red Wines Under Six Quid of 2014. Last year’s £5 and under wine category has gone up in price to Under Six Quid, thanks to price rises across the entire grocery sector, as all the supermarkets have enhanced and expanded their existing cheaper wine ranges resulting in an even greater choice of value wines.

All the supermarkets hold a pretty good range of cheaper red wines (as opposed to quality cheaper whites, which are more diffcult to source at lower prices) so pot luck shopping will find you something drinkable, but to ensure some Top Ten quality then head for Aldi, the Co-op or Tesco.

So here they in order of price.

PG’s Top Ten Red Wines For Under Six Quid

1 Tesco Vineyards World Wines Spanish Cabernet Sauvignon
£3.49 Tesco
A light and fruity red with extra almond flavour for smoothness.

2 Tesco Italian Red
£3.99 Tesco
An excellent value red blend with chocolate and cherry flavours. Works best with food.

3 Hilltop Hungarian Merlot-Kekfrankos 2012
£4.49 Co-op
Open and decant this wine at least half an hour before drinking to allow the plum, cherry and gravy flavours to expand into nuances of green leaf. Great wine. Great price.

4 Co-op Chilean Merlot 2.25 litre winebox
£4.66 (equivalent price) Co-op, full price £13.99
Blackcurrant, black grape and a hint of black pepper.

5 Aldi Venturer Spanish Garnacha 2013
£4.79 Aldi
Violet, cherry and chocolate flavours that go well with food.

6 Morrisons Vin de France Pinot Noir
£4.99 Morrisons
A fruity and thoroughly enjoyable French Pinot Noir – which is not often said of Pinot Noirs at this end of the price spectrum. A real bargain.

7 Aldi Venturer Sicilian Nero D’Avola 2013
£4.99 Aldi
Match to lighter pasta and pizza so as not to swamp the plum and apple flavours.

8 Aldi Venturer French Costieres de Nimes 2012
£4.99 Aldi
Light cherry and vanilla flavours with some warming cinammon.

9 Reserve de Fonsalis Fitou 2011
£5.99 Lidl
Smooth cherry, liquorice and gravy flavours. A good Christmas choice.

10 Sainsbury’s Winemakers’ Selection French Carignan Syrah 2012
£5.99 Sainsbury’s
Smooth chocolate, cherry and violet flavours with a spicy overlay.