10 Wines Under £10

By Johan Liebenberg


While prices are generally rising, remarkably, there are still fabulous wines out there at very reasonable prices. The Decanter Awards not long ago announced that there were more wines under £10 awarded than ever before. We take a look at some of the better ones.

10. Finca Flichman Gestos Shiraz 2008 Mendoza, Argentina

What it should cost: £7.19

Where to get it: Waitrose Wines

What’s it like? A robust, spicy and peppery Shiraz from Mendoza. With the grapes harvested at different altitudes, there is lovely freshness and complexity to the wine with the density and deep colour imparted by lower-lying grapes. An easy drinking wine despite its heaviness.

What the wine writers say: “…magnificent: as immense as a view from a mountain summit and lovely with peppery beef sausage.”

Victoria Moore – The Guardian

Enjoy with: BBQ, or red meat dish and richly flavoured chicken dishes. It’d also partner well with some strong cheese.


9. Porcupine Ridge Syrah 2009 Coastal Region, South Africa

What it should cost: £6.99

Where to get it:Waitrose Wines

What’s it like? A succulent wine that has been widely acclaimed by critics. It has a lovely peppery, meatiness to it, with burgeoning floral flavours and a sweet ripeness, satisfying and mouth filling.

What the wine writers say: “Quite simply, this is the best example of this grape available anywhere at this price in the UK. I really like it. You owe it to yourself to go and buy a bottle and give it a try.”

Jamie Goode, “Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog”

Enjoy with: Pasta, pork, and chicken dishes as well as pizza.


8. 2008 Viñalba Patagonia Malbec-Syrah, Argentina

What it should cost: Price: £5.97 (reduced from £7.62) until 13 November

Where to get it: Asda

What’s it like? Recently, this wine won the trophy for Best Argentine Red Blend Under £10 at the Decanter World Wine Awards. It is made from the Argentina’s best-known red grape, malbec, and is crammed with berry flavours and notes of vanilla and spice.

What the wine writers say: “… this is really great value even at its regular price.”

Jonathan Ray – The Daily Telegraph

Enjoy with: Roast beef, fillet, richly flavoured chicken dishes or pasta meat dishes.


7. 2008 Sacred Hill Hawkes Bay Syrah, New Zealand

What it should cost: £8.99

Where to get it: Sainsbury’s

What’s it like? This syrah, from Sacred Hill, recognised as one of New Zealand’s leading, multi-award winning wineries, has a typical syrah nose, with plenty of blackberry, as well as cherry and meaty flavours. The palate displays a complex and powerful style with plenty of fully ripe fruit and a delightful lingering aftertaste.

What the wine writers say: “… close in style to the Rhône’s Crozes Hermitage …but the fruit is riper and silkier…Splash out.”

Anthony Rose – The Independent

Enjoy with: Meat casserole dishes, pepper steak, red meat and richly flavoured chicken or pork dishes as well as hard cheeses.


6. Norton Malbec 2009, Mendoza, Argentina

What it should cost: £6.49

Where to get it: Oddbins

What’s it like? This wine, made from the famed malbec grape, and grown in the high-lying Mendoza region in Argentina has a delightful chunky texture, yet is easy-drinking, with tempting cherry flavours coming through.

What the wine writers say: “… wonderfully flavourful bottle of wine and a great introduction to malbec for you too.”

The Wine Experience

Enjoy with: Grilled steak (barbecued is great) and other red meats, rich casseroles.


5. Thomas Mitchell Marsanne 2008, Australia.

What it should cost: £7.99

Where to get it: Oddbins

What’s it like? This wine is made from the marsanne grape, with its origins in the Rhône region This is a no-nonsense New World wine. It is fresh and bright, with hints of mango flavours on the palate.

What the wine writers say: “Thomas Mitchell wines are classic varietal expressions with Australian style “

Slurp Wine

Enjoy with: Oily fish fried, or grilled, with a slice of lemon juice. Also with chicken salad.


4. Soleado Merlot 2009, Chili

What it should cost: £4.99

Where to get it: Marks & Spencer

The Wine: This is a blended wine comprising 85% Merlot and 15% Carmenere. It has a bright cherry red colour with spice and strawberry on the nose and palate.

What the wine writers say: “Cheap but hugely cheerful.”

Susy Atkins in The Telegraph

Enjoy with: Tomato or meat-based pasta dishes, flavourful chicken, mildly spiced pies.


3. Ravenswood Lodi Old Vine Zinfandel 2007, California

What it should cost: £8.99

Where to get it: Sainsbury’s

The Wine: Low-yielding vineyards old enough to produce characterful grapes have resulted in a wine with ample layers of sweet plum and blueberry fruit. Notes of vanilla, cocoa, and spice linger on the finish in this well-balanced wine.

What the wine writers say: “Fresh, straightforward and refreshingly brisk, with good finishing lift and cut.”

International Wine Cellar

Enjoy with: Perfect on its own or with spicy lamb chops.


2. 2009 Taste the Difference Gavi, Italy

What it should cost: £7.99

Where to get it: Sainsbury’s

The Wine: This award-winning wine is produced from the cortese grape grown in the Gave La Battista Estate, in Italy. It has delicious notes of peach, apricot and subtle spice coming through on the palate. It is difficult to believe it is a supermarket-own label.

What the wine writers say: “A worthy winner of the International Wine Challenge gold medal …”

Jonathan Ray, The Daily Telegraph

Enjoy with: Enjoy on its own, or as an accompaniment to light pasta dishes, fish dishes including bouillabaisse.


1. Cuvée Chasseur 2009 Vin de Pays de l’Herault

What it should cost: £3.99

Where to get it:Waitrose

The Wine: Juicy southern French red blend blend of carignan, juicy, grenache noir and merlot. An unpretentious wine that you feel you can take on a picnic or a pleasant evening-in-the garden or balcony wine.

What the wine writers say: “ …brilliant …off-you-go blend.”

Victoria Moore – The Guardian

What it should cost: Lightly prepared red and white meat dishes, not to heavily spiced; pasta meat dishes.


You may have noticed that the above wines, with the possible exception of Oddbins, are all sold at supermarkets. In the blur of everything one reads these days, I have now forgotten which supermarket actually said this but, one of them, when asked about the ridiculously cheap price they were selling their wines at, replied, “Our profit margins are so small sometimes that you could say we are paying customers to take the wine away.”

To that I can only say: “Blimey!” and – enjoy!