Wine Tasting Video: Assorted Reds – Marzemino, Mencia, Bonarda & Pinotage

Taste The Difference Marzemino delle Venezie 2010, Veneto, Italy (£5.99 Sainsbury’s)
Pale and very interesting, with joyful red berry and red cherry fruit and a touch of marzipan, classic chillable summer red, and a great price. S-

Encanto Mencía Roble 2009, Bierzo, Spain (£6.99 Sainsbury’s)
Don’t mind the fragrant red fruit character, nor the breezy, leafy freshness but the smoky, sawdusty oak sticks out too much – why not do it unoaked? B(-)

Dante Robino Bonarda 2009, Mendoza, Argentina (£6.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault)
There’s a savoury Italian-type earthiness here, along with slightly mushy plum and dark berry flavours and a touch of toastiness. Warm, rich and rounded, not too brash, and with a fresh finish. S(-)

Southern Right Pinotage 2008, Walker Bay, South Africa (£14.95 Saddleworth Wine Vault)
True to its parentage, this combines the gentle cherry and raspberry fruit and undergrowth notes of Pinot Noir with the warm, spicy earthiness of the Rhône. There’s also some of the classic Pinotage banana character, plus some of the South African smokiness, but they’re in the background, and the overall feeling is of classy rusticity – if that makes sense… S

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