Wine for under £10 – Gestos

Today I want to write about another wine for less than £10. Wine for under ten pounds is sometimes difficult to judge. Hence I want to introduce a few here to make you aware of the better ones out there.

Finca Flichman makes an excellent Shiraz from Argentina. Waitrose sells them for just under seven pounds and the special one I have is a 2007 Gestos Shiraz where 50% of the grapes are from 1,100 meters and the other 50% from 700 meters. So the blend is of Shiraz riped under the cold and bright climate which gives the wine freshness, structure and complexity. But the other half gives it colour, density and volume through a stormy and sunny environment.

Gestos Shiraz

With 13.5% alcohol it is a heavy wine but goes very well with strong cheese, like a lot of Mendoza wines. However, although the wine was aged in new American and French oak barrels the intensity of oak is very small. Might be because they only leave them in there for less than 6 months.

So overall, a heavy but still easy drinking wine. With a BBQ or meat dish it would be excellent but also on its own accompanied by some nice strong cheese. If you open the bottle, you are quite likely to finish it easily, so watch out 😉