Dry Red Wine

Dry red wine is loved by many for its rich flavours and history. Ranging from the strong taste of Cabernet Sauvignon to the smooth feel of Merlot, there is something for everyone.

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Introducing the Sol Negru Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, a wine that is crafted with precision and care, this full-bodied delight promises an unforgettable sensory journey.

This oak-aged gem boasts a captivating ruby-red hue, hinting at the vibrant experience that awaits. Notes of black currant dance alongside hints of bell pepper and prunes.

Upon tasting, the Sol Negru Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 reveals its true character. Robust and full-bodied, it commands attention with each sip. The palate is treated to a symphony of flavours, including black currant, anise, and blueberries.

Predominant acidity and strong tannins ensure a well-aged masterpiece, while a touch of vanilla from the oak adds depth and complexity.

Elevate your wine collection with Sol Negru Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 and indulge in the extraordinary. Cheers to unforgettable moments and exceptional wines!

$19.00

Our Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is your ticket to bold and unforgettable tastes.

But there's more to this wine than meets the eye. From the moment you uncork the bottle, you're greeted with a symphony of aromas – think juicy blackberries with a hint of cedar dancing in the air.

And when it comes to taste, prepare your palate for a harmonious fusion of ripe plums and dark cherries. But it doesn't stop there. With refined tannins and just a touch of oak, every sip is an experience worth savouring.

But perhaps the most remarkable thing about this wine is its complex structure. It's not just a drink; it's a masterpiece of flavours that linger on the palate, leaving you craving more.

So whether you're enjoying a quiet night in or celebrating a special occasion with loved ones, our Select Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 is sure to elevate any moment. Cheers to indulging in the finer things in life!

$16.00

Introducing the Double Delight Pack – a sensational collection crafted to delight your senses and elevate your wine experience. This Pack includes:

3x Merlot (2009);
3x Merlot (2012).

Immerse yourself in its enticing aroma of plums, cherries, and delicate notes of poppy flowers. With each sip, indulge in the rich tasting notes of blackberries, juicy cherries, and a hint of cream, creating a luxurious and satisfying palate sensation.

Double Delight Pack with its energetic character and irresistible flavours, it's the perfect choice for any occasion. Cheers to unforgettable moments and exceptional wines!

$105.00

With its beautiful dark ruby colour, this Sol Negru Merlot 2009 promises a sensory journey like no other.

Let's start with the aroma – a bouquet of plums, cherries, and notes of poppy flowers.

The palate is greeted by broad, deep, and juicy notes of blackberries and cherries.

But it's the texture that truly sets this wine apart – the tannins are full-bodied and velvety.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with your favourite dish, Sol Negru Merlot 2009 promises an unforgettable experience with every sip. Cheers to unforgettable moments and exceptional wines!

$18.00

Introducing the Sol Negru Merlot 2012 with its velvety richness and intense flavour.

Let's dive into the aroma – a delightful bouquet of plums, cherries, and subtle notes of poppy flowers.

As you take a sip, prepare to be transported by the broad, deep, and juicy flavours that dance on the palate. Blackberries and juicy cherries take center stage, accompanied by a touch of cream.

But what truly sets this wine apart is the full-bodied, velvety tannins.

Treat yourself to the extraordinary and elevate your wine collection with Sol Negru Merlot 2012. Cheers to unforgettable moments and exceptional wines!

$19.00

From its soft and inviting appearance to its complex aroma and taste, this Sol Negru Pinot Noir 2015 is sure to captivate your senses and leave you wanting more.

Let's delve into the aroma – a harmonious blend of bitter cherries and raspberries that dance playfully on the nose.

As you take your first sip, prepare to be transported by the rich and stable primary aromas of red and black cherries, plums, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries.

But the journey doesn't end there – our Pinot Noir was gently aged in medium-toasted French oak barrels, adding notes of truffles and savoury spices. It's a sensory experience that unfolds with each sip, revealing new depths of flavour and complexity.

In the mouth, you'll find a wine that is pleasantly dry with light and very fine tannins.

Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with your favourite dish, Sol Negru Pinot Noir 2015 promises an unforgettable experience with every glass. Cheers to extraordinary moments and exceptional wines!

$19.00

Introducing the Red Romance Pack – a collection of wines that embodies the essence of romance and passion. This Pack includes:

3x Merlot (2009);
3x Cabernet Sauvignon (2012).

Let's start with the Merlot. Dive into its aroma of fresh cherries, raspberry, and sour cherry, setting the stage for a romantic encounter with every sip. The tasting notes of overripe blackberries, chokeberry, and sour cherry dance on the palate, creating a symphony of flavours.

Next, indulge in the Cabernet Sauvignon. Its captivating aroma of black currant, bell pepper, and prunes evokes images of moonlit nights and whispered secrets. The tasting notes of black currant, anise, and blueberries invite you to embark on a journey of passion and discovery.

Whether shared with a loved one or savoured alone, the Red Romance Pack is sure to elevate any moment. Cheers to love, laughter, and unforgettable memories!

$105.00

Indulge in a curated selection of Moldova's medium-bodied red wines with our exclusive Red Wine Pack. This Pack includes:

2x Pinot Noir (2015);
2x Cabernet Sauvignon (2012);
2x Merlot (2012).

Let's start with the Pinot Noir. Immerse yourself in its aroma of bitter cherries and raspberry, setting the stage for a rich and indulgent tasting experience. Notes of truffles, spices, and dried red fruits dance on the palate, creating a symphony of flavours.

Next, explore the Cabernet Sauvignon. Its captivating aroma of black currant, bell pepper, and prunes evokes images of lush vineyards. The tasting notes of black currant, anise, and blueberries offer a bold and complex flavour profile that leaves a lasting impression.

Last but not least, indulge in the Merlot. Delve into its aroma of plums, cherries, and notes of poppy flowers, inviting you to savour every moment. The tasting notes of blackberries, juicy cherries, and cream create a luxurious and velvety texture on the palate, making it the perfect wine for any occasion.

Whether enjoyed with a hearty meal or shared with friends, the Red Wine Pack is sure to impress. Cheers to unforgettable moments and exceptional wines!

$105.00

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What is Dry Red Wine?

Dry red wine has less sugar because the yeast converts the sugar to alcohol during fermentation. This makes the wine taste savoury rather than sweet. People who like complex flavours without much sweetness may enjoy dry red wines. These wines come from different types of grapes and places, giving them unique flavours and aromas.

The history of dry red wine goes back thousands of years and is part of the history of many civilisations. People first liked wine because it lasted a long time and was safer to drink than water. Over time, wine became a symbol of culture and pleasure.

 

Types of Dry Red Wines

There are many types of dry red wines, each with its unique flavour, perfect for different tastes and occasions. Here are some of the most important:

  • Cabernet Sauvignon: Known as the "King of Reds," this variety originated in France but is now grown worldwide. It's known for its deep colour, full body and dominant flavours of black currant with hints of cedar and spice.
  • Merlot: This wine is softer and less tannic than Cabernet Sauvignon, making it easier to drink at a younger age. It features flavours of black cherry, plum and herbal notes.
  • Pinot Noir: A lighter red wine from the Burgundy region of France, Pinot Noir is celebrated for its delicate flavours of strawberry, cherry and raspberry with a subtle earthy undertone.
  • Syrah/Shiraz: Known as Syrah in France and Shiraz in Australia, this wine is versatile and ranges from medium to full-bodied. It often has blueberry, black plum, chocolate and black pepper aromas.
  • Tempranillo: Originating in Spain, this wine is medium-bodied and known for its flavours of cherry, dried fig, tobacco and vanilla, often aged in oak to add complexity.

 

Characteristics of Dry Red Wine

Flavor Profile

Dry red wines are known for their strong, sometimes fruity flavours. They get this flavour from tannins found in the grape skins and seeds that make the wine taste dry or astringent. Popular varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo are good examples. These wines also have bold flavours, such as dark fruit in Merlot or peppery flavours in Syrah/Shiraz. Even if they aren't sweet, you can still taste fruit flavours like cherries in Pinot Noir or blackberries in Syrah.

Aroma Notes

The aroma of dry red wine is as complex as its flavour, with earthy, spicy and floral notes. For example, Pinot Noir smells floral, while Syrah is spicy and earthy. These aromas can change and become more interesting as the wine breathes or ages. Some wines may even begin to smell vanilla or tobacco, depending on how they're made or aged, which adds to their enjoyment.

Texture and Mouthfeel

How a dry red wine feels in your mouth depends on its tannins and alcohol content. Wines with more tannins, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, have a strong and full feel that leaves your mouth dry. Wines with softer tannins like Merlot are softer and feel more pleasant. The amount of alcohol also affects how the wine feels and adds body. Together, they influence how dry red wine feels, making each sip memorable for its taste and smell.

 

Cooking With Dry Red Wine

Tips for Cooking

  • Reduction Techniques: Simmering dry red wine slowly helps concentrate its flavours, making it an excellent base for sauces and stews. The key is to reduce the wine to a gentle simmer, which intensifies the flavour without burning off all the alcohol too quickly, which can leave a harsh taste.
  • Flavour Enhancement: Adding a splash of dry red wine to sautéed vegetables or deglazing a pan with wine can add a new dimension of flavour. The acidity and fruitiness of wine can balance rich and savoury dishes and cut through fat for a more rounded flavour.

Comparison: Dry Red Wine vs. Cooking Wine

Dry red wines are generally superior to cooking wines for culinary purposes. Cooking wines are often made from lower-quality wine and may contain added salt and preservatives, which can affect the flavour of your dish. In contrast, using a quality dry red wine you enjoy drinking will ensure a cleaner, more desirable flavour profile in your food.

Selecting Quality Dry Red Wine for Cooking

When choosing a dry red wine for cooking, look for a bottle that's good enough to drink. Mid-range wines offer a good compromise between quality and cost. Varietals such as Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon are versatile choices that pair well with various dishes.

Substitutes for Dry Red Wine in Recipes

If you need a non-alcoholic substitute for dry red wine, there are several options:

  • Grape juice mixed with a tablespoon of vinegar adds sweetness and acidity.
  • Tomato juice provides a fruity acidity that can mimic wine's flavour-enhancing properties.
  • Broth (beef, chicken, or vegetable) is another alternative, though it lacks the complexity wine brings to dishes.

Adding dry red wine to your cooking will make your food taste better and add a fancy touch to regular meals. You can use it to marinate meat, make rich sauces, or add flavour to soups and stews. Dry red wine is a must-have in the kitchen for anyone who wants to make their dishes more special.

 

Pairing Dry Red Wine with Food

General Guidelines for Pairing

When pairing food with dry red wine, you can match or mix flavours. Matching flavours means choosing food and wine with similar tastes so they go well together. For example, bold wine goes well with hearty foods because they're intense. Mixing flavours, on the other hand, is about balancing tastes, such as pairing a spicy wine with a rich dish to balance things out and refresh your mouth.

Specific Food Pairings

  • Red Meat: Robust wines like Cabernet Sauvignon are perfect with red meat. Their full body and tannic structure stand up well to the protein and fat in the meat, enhancing the flavours of both the wine and the dish.
  • Cheese: A medium-bodied Merlot pairs well with aged cheeses, where the fruitiness of the wine complements the creamy texture and tang of the cheese. Pungent cheeses can benefit from the bold flavours of Shiraz.
  • Pasta: The acidity of tomatoes in pasta sauces pairs well with the acidity of wines like Chianti, creating a delicious harmony. Wines with herbaceous notes, such as Cabernet Franc, can complement pasta dishes with green vegetables or pesto.

 

Serving and Enjoying Dry Red Wine

Proper Serving Temperature

Serving dry red wine at the correct temperature is essential for maximum enjoyment. Typically, fuller-bodied reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, are served below room temperature, around 60-65°F (15-18°C). Medium-bodied reds, such as Merlot and Tempranillo, should be served at about 55-60°F (13-15°C). Serving wine too warm can make the alcohol overpowering, while serving it too cool can mute its flavours and aromas. Investing in a wine thermometer can help ensure your wine is served at the perfect temperature every time.

Glassware Selection and Presentation

The right glassware can greatly enhance the wine-drinking experience. Full-bodied red wines benefit from a glass with a larger bowl, which allows the wine to come in contact with more air, helping to open up the flavours and aromas. For medium or light-bodied red wines, a glass with a slightly narrower bowl is ideal, as it concentrates the wine's aroma toward the nose as you drink. The presentation of the wine, from the choice of glassware to the way it is poured, sets the stage for the tasting experience, making it as much about aesthetics as it is about taste.

Appreciating the Aromas and Flavors

To fully appreciate a dry red wine, take a moment to gently swirl the wine in the glass, allowing oxygen to interact with it. This process, known as aeration, helps release the wine's rich aromas. Inhale deeply to enjoy the full bouquet of aromas before taking a sip. As you taste, identify the different flavour notes, such as fruit, spice, oak, or earthy tones. Think about the wine's body, tannin structure, acidity, and how these elements balance with the flavours. Appreciating dry red wine is a sensory experience that involves sight, smell, taste, and even touch through its texture on the palate.

 

Exploring Dry Red Wine Varieties

Recommendations for Beginners

For those new to dry reds, starting with approachable, fruit-forward wines is a wise choice. Varieties such as Pinot Noir, Grenache, and Zinfandel offer a softer tannin structure and a more straightforward flavour profile, making them easier for beginners to appreciate. These wines are versatile, pair well with various foods, and can serve as an excellent introduction to the broader world of red wines.

Discovering Unique Regional Varieties

Moldova, a hidden gem among wine-producing countries, offers an intriguing variety of dry red wines that deserve recognition. Unique regional varieties such as Rara Neagra and Saperavi showcase Moldova's winemaking heritage and offer distinctive flavours ranging from bold and spicy to smooth and fruity. These wines not only exemplify the region's unique terroir but also reflect the dedication of Moldovan winemakers to preserving their traditional varieties while exploring modern techniques.

Beyond the familiar grapes, every wine region in the world offers unique varieties that reflect the local terroir and winemaking traditions. For example, Italy's Sangiovese, known for its role in Chianti, offers flavours of cherry and earth. In contrast, Spain's Tempranillo, central to Rioja wines, offers notes of plum and tobacco. Exploring these regional specialties can provide a deeper understanding of the diversity within dry red wines and the influence of geography on wine flavour.

Trends in Dry Red Wine Production

Dry red wine production continues evolving as winemakers experiment with traditional and innovative techniques. Recent trends include:

  • A focus on organic and biodynamic farming practices.
  • Minimal intervention in the winemaking process.
  • The revival of ancient grape varieties.

These trends reflect a growing interest in sustainability and a desire to create wines that are more authentic to their origins. In addition, there's a shift toward producing lighter, more fruit-driven styles of red wine to appeal to a broader audience and adapt to changing consumer preferences.

 

FAQs

Which red wine is dry?

Dry red wines are characterised by a lack of residual sugar, resulting in a less sweet and more bitter taste compared to other wines. Examples of dry red wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Syrah.

What is a dry red wine in Australia?

Australia is famous for its Shiraz (known worldwide as Syrah), considered a dry red wine. Australian Shiraz is known for its bold flavours, often with notes of blackberry, plum, pepper, and sometimes even tobacco or chocolate, depending on the region in which it is produced.

What is dry red wine for cooking?

Dry red wine is often used in cooking to add depth and richness to sauces, stews and marinades. When cooking with dry red wine, choosing a wine that complements the dish is important. For example, a Merlot or Pinot Noir can be great for dishes with earthier flavours. At the same time, a Cabernet Sauvignon can be perfect for heartier, more robust dishes.

Is Cabernet Sauvignon a dry red wine?

Yes, Cabernet Sauvignon is a dry red wine. It is one of the world's most widely recognised red wine grape varieties. It is known for its deep colour, full body and high tannin content, which contributes to its dry flavour profile. Cabernet Sauvignon wines often have flavours of dark fruits such as blackcurrant, along with notes of cedar, tobacco, and sometimes green pepper.