To ease you gently back into the rhythm of sipping splendidly, light reds are fabulous. Almost at the point where rosé turns to the dark side, these wines from less famous grapes such as Cinsault and Perricone are fruity and elegant – the daintiest perfect to chill for half an hour. Cooling emphasises fruit so, as long as the red is light enough, it makes an ideal lunchtime sip or evening refresher. The only one here that I wouldn’t put in the fridge for too long is Clos de La Bonnette which squeaks into the ‘light’ category for its sheer scrumptiousness.
OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH
Finest South African Cinsault 2020 (13.5%), £7.50, Tesco. A steal with the fragrance of roses and cola – vibrant, light and lovely. Pair with salami.
Loved and Found Perricone 2020 (13.5%), £7.99, Waitrose. Scented, tangy and light, this unique Perricone is bright and beautiful!
Viento de Invierno Mencia 2020 (13.5%), £8.25, Co-Op. Try this with a tuna steak for a silky fine red with tantalising tea-like depth.
Syrah Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Bonnette 2019 (13.5%), £29.50, leaandsandeman.co.uk. Stunning. Deep damson-like delight with the smoky sheen of a distant bonfire.
This article was originally published in YOU Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 9th January 2022 – Prices, stockists and vintages correct at time of publication.