Fowles “Are You Game?” Shiraz (Australia)
This Shiraz hails from Australia’s state of Victoria, one of the most exciting regions in the country. This highland-like area features a cooler climate, yielding red wines that are a little more elegant and nuanced than those from some of the country’s warmer regions. Silky tannins frame a palate bursting with blackberry and baked blueberry flavors, with a hint of dried purple flowers, black pepper, and cloves. Pair this with a good cut of beef or lamb kebabs off the grill. 91 pts. Wine Advocate
Sur de los Andes Cabernet Sauvignon Gran Reserva (Argentina)
While Argentina may be known for its Malbecs, their Cabernet Sauvignons are equally impressive! Deep, dark fruit flavors of black currant, blackberry, and Bing cherry mingle with dark chocolate, baking spices, and a touch of cedar. This full-bodied red makes for a good match with Argentina’s other well-known agricultural product—beef-- preferably something barbequed or simply grilled. 91 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Pintupi 9 “The Red” Red Blend (Australia)
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Arneis. The fruit quality of this red blend is really fresh and vibrant. Ripe raspberry, blackberry, and black cherry flavors get a little kick of dried sage and cedar. The Arneis (a white variety originally hailing from Piedmont in Italy) serves to deepen the color a bit and gives a refreshing lift on the palate. The practice of adding a small portion of white grapes to a full-bodied red wine is a process imitating some of the great wines of France’s Northern Rhone Valley. This blend is a great foil for barbequed pork or chicken, pasta with meatballs, or a margherita pizza. 89 pts. Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
Tussock Jumper Malbec(Argentina)
A delightful and fruit-forward example of Argentina’s great grape variety, Malbec. Black cherry and raspberry flavors get a little spike of cinnamon and black pepper on the back end. This Malbec is light enough to pair with poultry or pork chops.
La Playa Red Blend (Chile)
Composed of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carmenere, this red blend displays plush, smooth tannins. Flavors of blackberry and tart cherry mingle with a dash of smokiness and dried herbs. Match this red blend with grilled bratwurst, weekend pizza, or balsamic-glazed chicken breast.
Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
Citrusy grapefruit and tangerine flavors, along with honeydew melon and guava, get the characteristic Sauvignon Blanc-treatment with a little fresh herbs and freshly-cut grass coming through on the finish. This is the perfect summer sipper with a zippy and refreshing acidity, which makes it perfect for any kind of shellfish and seafood, salads, lemon chicken, asparagus frittatas, or pasta primavera.