Olly Smith picks the fruitiest—

When spring dances around Smith Towers, the wines I’m pouring are all gluggable, juicy, reds. To ensure your fruity kicks, avoid reds that are high in tannins, which dry out your mouth, and shun older reds. As wines mature they become more savoury. For the fruitiest and juiciest gems, stick to youthful and light options such as good old Gamay from France, or explore the glory of Austrian reds made from Zweigelt or St Laurent.

How the wine is made is also worth paying attention to – look for the term ‘carbonic maceration’, which involves grapes fermenting under carbon dioxide, sending flavours soaring.

As for places to hunt fruity reds, Australia has built up a reliable reputation: my Aussie wine of the week is an absolute stunner.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

FRUITIN’ TOOTIN’: The French Syrah 2016 (13.5%) £7.95 The Wine Society. Ludicrous value for delightful deep fruit with a powerful peppery finish – order a dozen.

FRIGHTFULLY FRUITY: Colossal Reserva 2016 (14%) £8 Iceland. On the darker and richer side of fruity reds, this brooding beauty is fab for the first barbie of the year.

JUICY FRUIT: CVNE Maceracion Carbonica 2017 (13%) £13.99 Fountainhall Wines. Fruity as a red cherry in a leotard thanks to clever carbonic maceration.

TUTTI FRUITY: Moulin-a-Vent Coeur de Terroir Vieilles Vignes, Domaine Labruyere 2015 (15%) £23.95 Corney & BarrowThoughtful and impressive. Decant and serve with food.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Wild & Wilder Tabula Rasa #V18 Red 2018 (14%, 50cl) £8.99 Selfridges. Scrumptious  fruity Aussie red in a groovy crown cap bottle like a beer. Utterly gluggable. Serve chilled.

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday 7th April 2019

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