Spicy Reds from the Languedoc & Australia

Clefs du Pontif Grenache/Syrah Pays d’Oc 2014, Languedoc, France (£9.99 Averys)
Young, crunchy wine, juicy berry and plum with a hint of spice, I can’t fault its intensity, but it just feels a bit correct, too ‘made’. C+

Ess & See Mataro 2013, McLaren Vale, Australia (£15.99 Virgin Wines)
Boisterous youngster showing gentle dark berry and plum flavours, but it’s the earthy/meaty/spicy undertones that are the main attraction. Nice pepper and herb notes too, and the savoury leathery character in the background will only get more prominent with time. S

5 O’clock Somewhere Shiraz Viognier 2012, McLaren Vale, Australia (£15.99 Virgin Wines)
Full-bloodied, honest style that is bold, ripe and full of fleshy berry flavours, but always stays the right side of jammy. Hints of liquorice and chocolate too, but there’s a fresh edge here as well to hold everything in check. S

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