Pleasantly surprised by this Aussie red from Laithwaites. It’s made by their RedHeads studio winery in McLaren Vale, and winemaker Steve Grimley has cobbled together some Coonawarra Shiraz and some Rutherglen Durif. The combination works really well, and at a penny under a tenner, this is pretty good value for money. As with most Laithwaites wines, this is their own exclusive blend.
Both Barrels Shiraz Durif 2010 Coonawarra/Rutherglen, Australia
14.5% alcohol. Vibrant colour. Lovely fresh black cherry and blackberry nose with some subtle pepper and mint notes. The palate has lovely definition to the vivid blackberry fruit which is sweet but with a minty freshness. A very drinkable, fruit-driven style with no overt oakiness, and it’s quite delicious. 90/100 (£9.99 Laithwaites)