Vintage Cellars

The Red Wines to Enjoy Now

Once you find something you love, it’s hard to stray from it. A reach-for red wine even more so.

Maybe you’re a die-hard merlot fan, or perhaps you prefer a lighter grenache, or you’re forever searching for that chilled Gamay you drank that time in Paris. Whatever you’re into, allow us to broaden your horizons with these winning reds, courtesy of the Best of Wine Awards. Blind taste tests across 15 categories have led us to these top drops, and we think you’ll love them. 

Best International Lighter Red: Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir

Charcuterie board? You’d be wise to grab a bottle of Rapaura Springs Reserve Pinot Noir. Softly textured and brimming with notes of dark fruits and spicy oak, this savoury drop makes an ideal companion to cheeses. 

Best International Bolder Red: Bodega Alamos Malbec

A Latin American wine that’s great mates with the Australian palate. Vibrant and bold, this Malbec out of Argentina gives fruitcake and blackberry notes and is right at home alongside a chargrilled steak.

Best Bolder Red $30 & Over: Forester Estate Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

Some things are worth waiting for. The Forester Estate Premium Cabernet Sauvignon is one of them. Though you can certainly crack open this dense drop reminiscent of blackberry and cocoa now, if you’ve got the willpower it will cellar beautifully for up to a decade. If not, pair a glass with a rich and hearty ratatouille.

Best Lighter Red $30 & Over: Nanny Goat Pinot Noir

A complex and layered wine, the Nanny Goat Pinot Noir opens with notes of blueberry and plum before developing a spiced oakiness. Have it with chevre camembert or potent Gorgonzola.