What are the best red wines in the Philippines?
- Yellow Tail Merlot
- Hardy’s VR Shiraz
- Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
- Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec
- 200 Monges Reserva 2010
It’s official! Christmas is just around the corner. This is the most awaited holiday of the year that calls for nothing less than a great bottle of wine. After all, wine is not only a great drink for socializing, but it is also perfect for complementing meals. Do you think you’ve tried all the best red wines in the Philippines? You might want to check this list first. Go ahead and see if your favorites have made it.
Yellow Tail Merlot
Originating all the way from the small Australian town of Yenda, the Yellow Tail Merlot is a favorite among red wine enthusiasts. It offers a delightful combination of juicy red berries with hints of vanilla and spice.
This red wine is an excellent alternative to the heavier varieties, as it has smoother tannins — especially after a few minutes of airing out. The palate is perfectly soft and complimented with flavors of dark plums, mulberries, and a good amount of spice derived from the oak. The Yellow Tail Shiraz is best enjoyed with antipasto or by itself with great friends.
Hardy’s VR Shiraz
Hardy’s Wine has a wide variety of wines which includes the Varietal Range (VR) creation. Among those, the VR Shiraz has been gaining popularity for years.
This well-rounded wine displays a cherry color that ends with a smooth finish. The play on the intense fruit flavors of sweet ripe plum and ripe berries makes the wine taste even on its own. Additionally, it is well-integrated with soft round tannins and a good length that supports its fruity tone.
Most people say the Hardy’s VR Shiraz is somehow a softer alternative to the Hardy’s VR Cabernet. It has the lingering flavor of a vanilla toasty oak finish, making it perfect for Italian dishes.
Jacob's Creek Cabernet Sauvignon
From the humble cottage of William Jacob in Australia, Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is a classic that does not fail red wine lovers. With a 13% alcohol content, the full-bodied wine bursts with ripe and juicy red and dark berry fruit notes. Along with the balanced acidity, it also has fleshy tannins and characteristics of well-integrated oak.
The Jacob’s Creek Cabernet Sauvignon is best paired with a roast leg of lamb or a ragu with tagliatelle. For a different take, you can try to consume it with dried shiitake mushrooms and a black bean burger with gruyere.
The Llebre red wine presents a dark red cherry color with maroon reflections. On the nose, this wine is very expressive and aromatic. You will be presented with aromas of raspberries, blackberries, and plums that appear with milky undertones. On the palate, this wine is velvety, fresh, and elegant with gentle tannins and licorice hints and a lightly toasted flavor. It is both spicy and balsamic.
Llebre has a 13.5% alcohol content and it is aged for four months in French oak barrels to capture the essences of fruit together with the persistent toasted aftertaste. Try this red wine with mushrooms, sausages, and stews.
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Terrazas Reserva Malbec
Coming from Argentina, the Terrazas Reserva Malbec is a full-bodied red wine that unfolds aromas of freshly crushed lavender flowers. This drink is perfect for those who love intense ripe blackberries, mocha, coffee, and licorice notes.
Furthermore, the palate contains racy notes of violet flowers that are immediately followed by mouthfuls of fresh berry fruit flavors. It has a nice roundness in the mouth and its fresh acidity helps the delicate tannins to stand out. With a full-bodied structure, it has a staggeringly lingering finish.
200 Monges Reserva 2010
This 200 Monges Reserva 2010 is known for its strict selection of three grape varieties which are: Tempranillo (85%), Graciano (10%), and Garnacha (5%). Its red colors are deep and intense. It has fine tannins that are carefully aged in French oak barrels for twenty months. Afterward, the wine stays in the cellar for another 16 months to cool.
On the nose, it has clean and intense aromas with notes of ripe red fruits, tobacco, cedar, and truffles. On the palate, it offers flavors of oak, vanilla, and light notes of licorice. It leaves a long, silky, and elegant finish that wraps around the tongue. With a 14% alcohol content, the 200 Monges Reserva 2010 pairs well with red meat, cheese, and stew. You should serve this bottle right before Christmas dinner.
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November 27, 2020