Christmas Tasting – Top Selling Red Wines

Top Selling Red Wines at Bush Vines Christmas Tasting

This was a bumper Wine Tasting with a wide selection of red wine styles on taste so these are just eight of the top selling red wines.

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Santhiago Red Blanc 2020 is a terrific new wine at Bush Vines. A cracking young red from Portugal, full of juicy brambly fruit. It is a bargain and so approachable.
Santhiago Red Blend 2020 – our new easy-going wine from Lisboa, Portugal

Our new young red from Lisboa, Portugal – Santhiago Red Blend 2020 – was a huge hit. An attractive,easy-going red with brambly and blueberry fruit, good structure and smooth tannins. It is made from a blend of indigenous Portuguese varietals with Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez, and Trincadeira with a small proportion of Cabernet Sauvignon. A cracking, young, light to medium-bodied red which is a bargain in our Winter offers: £8.75 down to £7.95.

Quinta da Alorna Touriga Nacional 2019 is a superb, elegant red from Tejo, Portugal. Raspberry, Blackberry and Cherry fruits with deliciously rich and savoury layered aromas and flavours. Well balanced, fresh and long. 6 months in American Oak. This is stunning value, polished red, capturing the essence of Portugal.
Quinta da Alorna Touriga Nacional 2019

It seemed only natural to extend our Iberian range into Portugal. For some time we have been on the hunt for great quality, value wines, made from indigenous varieties, that capture the essence of this country. Our second new wine from Portugal was a great hit with our Tasters too.

Quinta da Alorna Touriga Nacional 2019 from the Tejo area, arrests your senses with aromas of red fruits and plums which follow through into the layered flavours of plums and black fruits together with hints of chocolate and it’s all wrapped up in an elegant, well-balanced and long finish. With 6 months ageing in oak barrels, this is good value at £10.35

Care Garnacha Nativa 2018 is a brilliant example of an elegant, fruit driven but complex Garnacha made by Bodegas Añadas in Cariñena. Powerful, spicy black and red fruits predominate, with layers of almonds, spice, cacao, liquorice. Terrific length and depth of flavours, well integrated, soft tannins, excellent structure. A delicious Garnacha which will surprise and delight. Great value.
Care Garnacha Nativa 2019 – DO Cariñena

Care Garnacha Nativa 2019, made from old vine Garnacha grapes, and produced by family-run Bodegas Añadas in DO Cariñena, Aragon, Spain was also very popular. It is so fresh with an abundance of ripe black fruit, spice and date flavours together with hints of dark cherries, coffee beans and mocha. This is an elegant and complex red with soft, ripe tannins and a lovely savoury, long finish. If you enjoy fruity, yet structured Rhone wines, this is for you. £10.25. A brilliant partner with mediterranean dishes, casseroles and roasts.

Dominio de Punctum Biodynamic Family Vineyards produce consistently high quality wines. Here is the Fernandez family story behind their success in organic and biodynamic wine production in Spain.
Dominio de Punctum Biodynamic Estate in central Spain with Jesus, Ruth & Cristina Fernandez
Dominio de Punctum Tempranillo Roble 2020; new organic & biodynamic wine from this fantastic Bodega. Appealing pure blackcurrant and cherry fruit with vanilla oak and spice. Bursting with flavours, ripe, firm tannins and great structure. Well balanced with excellent length and superb value.
Dominio de Punctum Tempranillo Roble 2020

Another top seller was our ever-popular Dominio de Punctum Tempranillo Roble 2020 (organic & biodynamic) from central Spain. This Rioja-like red has appealing aromas and flavours of pure blackcurrant, blackberries and cherry fruit with well-judged vanilla oak and a touch of pepper and spice. A wonderful partner with roast lamb, manchego cheese and full-flavoured veggie dishes.

This is a stylish, elegant red with good structure, smooth tannins and excellent length from a fantastic family producer.  6 months ageing in American oak, and a bargain at £9.85

Mil Historias Malbec 2018; stunning organic Malbec from Manchuela in Spain. Full bodied, forward blueberry and dark cherry fruit aromas. Equally intense dark cherry fruit flavours with dark chocolate, expresso and pepper hints. Excellent balance of fruit and tannins; complex and very long.
Mil Historias Malbec 2019 (organic)

Mil Historias Malbec 2019 (organic) comes from one of the highest vineyards in Spain at 1100 metres in th lesser known area of DO Manchuela.

It has intense aromas of mulberries. blueberries and hints of dark chocolate, leather and spice. These aromas lead into the equally intense flavours. This medium-bodied red has a lovely, complex finish with ripe yet smooth tannins and brilliant length. This pure-fruited Malbec is a definite rival to the Malbecs of Argentina and France. A great dinner party red; brilliant with steaks and grilled meats; it will also partner aromatic dishes like Cajun Pork and it is also great with Cheese. £11.15

Finca Resalso 2019 from Bodegas Emilio Moro is a terrific value Ribera del Duero red. Rich, black fruit aromas and flavours subtle oak, mellow tannins, smooth and textured.
Emilio Moro Finca Resalso – DO Ribera del Duero

We are keen to bring the wines of Ribera del Duero to a bigger audience! And so we were delighted to find Emilio Moro’s Finca Resalso 2020, (unfortunately the 2019 vintage has sold out) a young red with subtle oak from this high altitude area in Northern Spain. Brilliant with Roasts, especially pork and lamb.

We are pleased to say this new find was a great hit with our Tasters, with expressive blackberry and blackcurrant aromas with hints of spice and light oak touch. It has mellow tannins, texture, great balance and depth of flavours from its ageing for 4 months in French oak barrels. Its normal, good value price is £12.25; it is even more attractive in our Winter Offer at £10.95, while stocks last.

Luis Cañas Crianza 2017 – DOCa Rioja

Finally, a pair of delicious, refined Riojas from Luis Cañas. First up Luis Cañas Crianza 2017 with complex aromas and flavours of rich red and black fruits, hints of creamy oak and balsam. It is such an elegant, yet appealing fine red with great structure, excellent balance and smooth, round tannins. Made from hand-picked, hand-selected grapes from 40+ old vines, and aged in oak barrels for 12 months. It is an absolute bargain in our Winter Offers £13.99 down to £12.50, and hugely popular.

Luis Cañas oak barrels come from the worlds best cooperages : they are renewed after 3 years

Our final wine at this Tasting was Luis Cañas Reserva 2015 is always an intensely flavoured and elegant wine from one of the top Rioja Bodegas. With leather, oak, rich blackberry and blackcurrant aromas and hints of liquorice and spice. The flavours are concentrated with rich dark berry fruits together with savoury layers of cocoa, figs and liquorice. It is mouth-filling with fantastic structure, a beautifully smooth balance and potential for ageing, although it is delicious now.

Lower yields from old vines are key to the intensity of this Rioja from some of the best vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. It has had 18 months ageing in 60% French and 40% American oak, and a further year at the Bodega before release. This is a real treat wine £18.50 down to £16.75 in our Winter Offers, while stocks last!

Luis Cañas has some of the finest vineyards in Rioja Alavesa