The Best Fruity Red Wines

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The Best Fruity Red Wines

Love fruity red wines and would like to taste some of the best? Meet our contenders, a fine selection of wines primarily made from Pinot Noir.

It's one of the hardest red wine grapes to grow, which is why it's often pricier. Pinot Noir captivates like no other red wine. Bright, fresh raspberry, cherry and plum fruit aromas. Light, intense, fruity, smooth and supple in taste.

Pinot Noir is the grape whose prime goal seems to be deliciousness. Enjoy it slightly chilled, close your eyes, and you could be forgiven for forgetting it's a red wine in your glass.

We couldn't resist popping in a silky-smooth, fruity Fleurie too, made from the Gamay grape. Delicious stuff though, and it rounds off a very smart case.

When you want a red wine that's jam-packed with soft, mellow red and black fruit flavours. When you want tannins to be very much in the background. That's when grapes like Pinot Noir come into their own. Here you'll be sipping on some of the smartest fruity red wines around
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3 xPaxis Always on Friday Pinot Noir 2016, Lisboa

2 xEdgebaston Pinot Noir 2015, Stellenbosch

1 xFleurie Château de Fleurie 2016 Jean Loron

1 xDevil's Corner Pinot Noir 2016, Tasmania

1 xHorizon de Bichot Pinot Noir 2016, Vin de France

3 xCasas del Bosque Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir 2016, Casablanca Valley

1 xPhilip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir 2017, Orange

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Paxis Always on Friday Pinot Noir 2016, Lisboa

0 review(s)

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Ripe and fruity Pinot Noir from Portugal's number one winemaker.

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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Lisboa

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

Portugal

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayGame Meats, Pork, Rice Dishes

The Producer

Founded by winemaking legend José Neiva Correia in 1998, DJF Vinhos is located in the Lisboa region which stretches north along the coast from the capital Lisbon. A simple philosophy with an ambitious aim: to transform the rich and diverse Portuguese varieties into top quality wines that are accessible to all. Quality and value for money are key, and the estate even buys in used oak barrels and employ two coopers to take them apart and strip them back to the new wood – as good as new for a fraction of the price. DJF is not short of fans, with more awards than any other Portuguese producer of the last 20 years, including red wine of the year at the IWC and twice Portuguese Winery of the Year in the New York Wine Competition since 2012.
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Portuguese Salt Cod

The robust flavour of salt cod with spicy piri piri can stand up to a red wine such as a Pinot Noir. So there's no need to match this white fish with a white wine on this occasion - try the fruity, balanced Paxis with soft tannins to stand up to the rich fish and vibrant seasoning. Full recipe

Edgebaston Pinot Noir 2015, Stellenbosch

1 review(s)

Ripe, fresh summer pudding fruit with a moreish, savoury finish. South African Pinot Noir just got exciting.

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Percentage Alcohol

14.5

Region

Stellenbosch

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

South Africa

Style

ArrayMedium-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2015

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Mild), Lamb, Mediterranean

Vegan

Vegan

The Producer

Small in size but large in stature, Edgebaston consists of just 22 hectares of vines. David oversees all vineyard and winemaking activity, with a holistic and quality-driven approach. The estate uses only organic fertilisers in the vineyards and care is taken at every step of the winemaking process to ensure that all wines are produced in the most environmentally friendly manner. The wines are enticing, fresh and pure, with an underlying but unmistakable European influence. As you might have guessed, awards are ten-a-penny, with Edgebaston wines regularly receiving top points in South African wine bible, The Platter Guide and the winery a winner in The Wine Merchant Top 100 awards.
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Lamb with Courgettes

We love this summery lamb recipe combining the delicate flavour of the chops with fresh veg and salty feta. The lamb needs a red wine, but stick to light, fragrant reds with smooth tannins and fresh fruit - South African Pinot Noir is ideal. Full recipe

Fleurie Château de Fleurie 2016 Jean Loron

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Best Beaujolais? Fleurie would be top wine choice for many. Could be the easy to pronounce, evocative name? Or that when it's as good as this Loron red, you'll long remember drinking it. No flowers on the label, and all the better for it, as delicious a red wine as you'll find from this corner of France

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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Fleurie

Grape Variety

Gamay

Country

France

Style

Light-Bodied Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Strong), Creamy Based Pasta, Lentils & Pulses

Vegan

Vegan

The Producer

With a history going back over 300 years, Maison Jean Loron knows a thing or two about the production of top Beaujolais. The house is now owned by the 8th generation of the Loron family, Xavier Barbet, who in 2016 handed over the day to day running of the business to Philippe Bardet. Today the house owns 120 hectares of vineyards across seven of the Beaujolais Cru as well as owning and working with growers in the Maconnais region of southern Burgundy.

Veal with Creamy Mushrooms

Veal can pair well with soft, light reds or structured whites - try a soft, supple Beaujolais form Fleurie with enough acidity to cut through the creamy sauce but not overshadow the delicate meat. Full recipe

Devil's Corner Pinot Noir 2016, Tasmania

0 review(s)

Unoaked and approachable, with lifted violet aromas and herbal riffs, fresh summer pudding savouriness and velvet tannins.Sarah Ahmed, Decanter - Great value wines for the weekend under £20



Light, fruity, almost gamay-like...This is a red wine you could easily drink with grilled fish.

Fiona Beckett, The Guardian

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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Tasmania

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

Australia

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayDuck, Lentils & Pulses

The Producer

Brown Brothers has thrived beyond four generations not just through family loyalty or a vision of the future but also because of the vast expertise in nurturing their vineyards and in making high class wines. Founded in 1889 by John Francis Brown, it was under the guidance of his son, John Charles Brown, that Brown Brothers established its reputation as a producer willing to experiment with innovative grape varieties.
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Duck glazed with Plum and Soy

A Chinese-inspired duck dish with both fruity and savoury elements needs a smooth, savoury red made from Pinot Noir or Italian varietals such as Barbera. We'd recommend the Devil's Corner Pinot Noir from Tasmania. Full recipe

Horizon de Bichot Pinot Noir 2016, Vin de France

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Take a renowned producer of exquisite Burgundy wines, let them loose in new territories, and what do you get? The Horizon de Bichot wines. Very smart French Chardonnay and Pinot Noir (sticking to their strengths) from the south-west of France. Not Burgundy, but every bit as spellbinding. As is the remarkably reasonable price

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Percentage Alcohol

13.5

Region

Vin de France

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

France

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayCheese (Mild), Sausages, Tomato-Based Dishes

The Producer

The Bichot family settled in Châteauneuf-en-Auxois, Burgundy in 1350. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since nor has its symbol, a doe, or biche in French. Their wine heritage goes back to 1831 with Bernard who was a wine trader. It was his son, Hippolyte, who brought the first vines in Volnay and grandson, Albert, who rooted the Bichot name in Beaune from which the family business grew. Since 1996 Bichot has been under Albéric Bichot who is completely focused on developing the future of the company without compromising family tradition or quality.
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Tartiflette

The rich combination of potato, cheese, bacon and garlic could stop anyone in their tracks so pick ripe reds with good acidity or structured whites which will both cut through the delicious stodge! This dish is calling out for a French Pinot Noir. Full recipe

Casas del Bosque Winemaker's Selection Pinot Noir 2016, Casablanca Valley

4 review(s)

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Discovered this wine at a restaurant in Devon and then found it at Rude Wines - have bought it twice now and will continue to do so as it is a really good value Pinot Noir that compares very favourably with some of the best Blauburgunders costing twice the price or more. Graham

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Percentage Alcohol

14.0

Region

Casablanca Valley

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

France

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2016

Food Match

ArrayCharcuterie, Duck, Mediterranean

The Producer

Family owned winery Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari. The son of an Italian immigrant, he had always dreamed of having his own vineyard and chanced upon an area of the Casablanca Valley, 100k due west of Santiago, with its pine forests, olive groves and small, white abandoned adobe houses. He chose to name the winery Casas del Bosque, or “Houses of the Forest.” The winemaking team are evangelical about translating the character of the vineyard and grape in to the final wine, using longer than average skin contact to extract extra flavour from the grapes. Some vineyards are under organic management and the winery is currently beginning the process towards Wines of Chile Sustainability Certification, which is the first step on the way to organic certification.

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Gorgonzola stuffed Chicken Breast wrapped in Pancetta

Plump for a ripe, fruity white such as Chardonnay or lighter red with silky tannins and red fruit flavour, such as New World Pinot Noir, to contrast with the salty tang that the pancetta and cheese bring to the dish. Try the Casas del Bosque for size. Full recipe

Philip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir 2017, Orange

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‘A resounding success, there's elegance and delicacy aplenty here. A must-try, surprise package from Philip Shaw's elevated Koomooloo vineyard.’



James Viner, Kent Live, April 2017

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Percentage Alcohol

12.8

Region

Orange

Grape Variety

Pinot Noir

Country

Australia

Style

ArrayLight-Bodied Red, Oaked Red

Vintage

2017

Food Match

ArrayDuck, Lamb, Mediterranean

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

The Producer

Searching for the ideal site to plant a vineyard proved to be a 20 year journey for winemaker Philip Shaw but the final choice came by accident as he flew over the rolling hills of Orange in New South Wales in 1988. Further investigation revealed a wonderful balance of sunshine, soil, differing aspects and of course the high altitude at 900m above sea level that contributes to the unique freshness and concentration in the wines. The 47 hectares of vineyard are on the slopes of the now extinct volcano Mt Canobolas, making it one of the highest vineyards in Australia.
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Wild Mushroom and Lentil Salad

An easy to prepare mid-week supper on its own or as a side dish with meat, this warm salad has plenty of gusty flavours which need a supple, silky red with soft tannins. We'd recommend the Philip Shaw The Wire Walker Pinot Noir, you won't be disappointed. Full recipe
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Pinot

Absolutely Excellent

By Jacqueline on 29th October 2018

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Discovery

Discovered this wine at a restaurant in Devon and then found it at Rude Wines - have bought it twice now and will continue to do so as it is a really good value Pinot Noir that compares very favourably with some of the best Blauburgunders costing twice the price or more.

By Graham on 18th March 2019

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Pinot Noir

It's dangerously difficult to stop drinking this raspberry and red cherry stunner.

By Tim Atkin MW on 13th February 2019

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Lovely

Smells like the cinema (popcorn?). Lovely full flavour - tastes like berries in a trifle.

By V Perry on 13th February 2019

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Chilean

A smooth red with hints of cherry - this wine would be nice with a slight chill in the fridge.

By Ian on 11th February 2019

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