Stobi Winery, Vranec 2011, Macedonia
And now for something completely different? Here's a rich red wine that comes from the former Yugolsavian state's best vineyard area, Tikves. It's made from the indigenous Vranec grape, and the nose has lovely lift and elegance even, with Morello cherry red fruit, a touch of spice and a little chocolatey smoothness and polish. On the palate it bursts with dark, sweet sensuous fruit, layered with chocolate and touches of coffee, the tannins very easy-going and supple and the acidity nicely balanced. Not enormously complex, but packed with personality and flavour. Watch the video for more information and food matching suggestions. £9.99, in the Wine Rack chain. See other stockists at around the same price on wine-searcher.