2008 Vintage voted "Best Red Wine in the World" at the 2010 Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
2012 Vintage Voted "Best in Show Red Single-Varietal over £15" at the 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards
When you talk about pedigree in wine, the Don David Tannat possesses buckets of it. Over its history this wine has twice been voted as the best red wine in the world by two different wine competitions. An amazing feat given the price this wine sells for.
Native to the small Madiran appellation in south west France, the Tannat grape makes full-blooded, age-worthy red wines in the high altitude vineyards of Argentina. Don David Reserve Tannat is made from hand-picked grapes, and is aged in French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
The Don David Reserve Tannat has firm tannins and great full of character. This wine is a fantastic representation of the terroir to be found in Cafayete. The palate shows lots of dark chocolate and smooth flavours with a firm, pleasant finish. This variety is very much sought after for it's high level of resveratrol and associated possible health benefits.
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19 out of 21 customers rated Don David (Argentina) 2017 Reserve Tannat as good value for money.
By: John Gebler on 21 December 2013Great wine really enjoying it!!!Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Susan & Terry on 17 August 2012Mmmm. No wonder Winesale likes Argentinian wines if this is an example.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Emilio Bertrand on 13 June 2012Best Tannat ever!!! Me and all my guests loved itWould you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Mark Cook on 24 February 2012Not a bad dropWould you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Harry Jewiss on 18 January 2012I would rate this below the Hawkes Bay reds and well behind the Aussie Shiraz.Would you rate this wine good value for money? No(3)
By: Barbie on 6 March 2011I think the "Best red wine in the world" referred to the colour, which was warm deep and gorgeous. We shared a bottle with our neighbours and unfortunately it got the thumbs down all round. Maybe it will improve with a couple more years in the cellar.Would you rate this wine good value for money? No(3)
By: Linda Sorensen on 18 February 2011We opened this along with the Altimus (also from Michel Torino, also from Winesale). I've never had Tannat as a varietal, so this was totally new to me. However, the descriptions I found of it left me thinking it would be similar to Petite Sirah (Durif). The color was not disappointing - deep inky purple you couldn't read through. Plums and toasty almonds on the nose, nice ripe blackberries and plums on the taste. Long, lingering finish with some acid. The surprise is that the tannins were quite fine - just enough to give structure without being shocking. I can see the appeal of this very approachable wine; however, we found it quite simple and uninteresting when compared with the Altimus. Of course, the pricing reflects this as well... Overall enjoyable wine and worth checking out - we had it with steaks off the grill and it worked well.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Descartes on 13 February 2011First Tannat I have tried, and my expectations were up given its recent accolade of "World's Best Red Wine". Overall an interesting wine, but not a home run for me. I certainly wouldn't vote this the best red I have tried this year and I suspect judging panel was won over by the novelty factor this wine possesses (how many Tannats have you had versus, say Shiraz or Cabernet based wines?). Intense colour, solid tannins, but fruit a bit too subdued for my taste. Should get better with a few years of bottle age. Nonetheless, well worth a try and great conversation starter with family and friends.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: K8y on 7 February 2011Firstly, can I say this is a really nice wine. Calling it the best red wine in the world is bound to end in disappointment though! I don't know what I expected from the "Best Red Wine in the World", but this is an inoffensive all-round red that didn't quite rock my world as much as I hoped. Don't get me wrong, it's a good wine and a fantastic price. Maybe needs a bit longer in the bottle. And a steak to go with. At this price, it is worth buying just for the discussion value of being the Best Red Wine in the World.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Bill Sutton on 3 February 2011A lovely red wine and great value for money. I'm not familiar with Tannat as a grape varity or Don David as a vineyard, but I can see how this wine would appeal to a wide range of people who enjoy classic reds. Great color and palate weight, plenty of tannin for character and depth, but the fruit is not out-weighed. Perhaps it won the top award by appealing to the entire judging panel?Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Chris on 26 January 2011When a wine is proclaimed the ‘best red wine in the world’ you’re obviously dealing with something at the serious end of the spectrum. Whilst I didn’t have the joy of sampling 6000+ wines to make my own conclusion, I thought this was a good value wine. Violet colour, bit fruity and tannin action at the end… some might suggest cellaring it for a few years to soften the tannins, but I’d crack at least one of them open now to avoid the suspense. I would recommend to others as a quality wine for friends to debate its ‘best red’ status.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: SpadeMichel Torino Don David Tannat Reserve 2008 An opaque purple-black with a brighter, narrow purple rim, and shiny. A sweetly floral nose, blackberry and faintly volatile with hints of sultana and tutti fruity. A concentrated palate with coal-dust, powdery tannins. A big, mouth-filling wine with blackberry bush and tarry notes, powerful but not closed, and a long finish showing refreshing blackberry acidity and coolness presumably due to its high-altitude origins. This acidity helped cut the weight and power of the wine, preventing it from becoming over-heavy, keeping the fruit from straying into the jammy spectrum and leaving the finish clean, with no alcoholic heat. Later the wine gained faint cedary notes from the oak. A delightful wine.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Marian DayExceptionally good value, healthy too as tannat is good for the heart.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
By: Rudi VerplanckeVery nice wine, full strong body which in my opinion would only be complimented with a couple of years cellaring to polish off the occasional sharp edge of tannin. All and all a beautiful wine and great value for moneyWould you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: DIONysusDifferen't and delicious. Well worth trying. Dark purple colours and fruit flavours and smells. I can see why this would get voted worlds best Red. Not the Worlds best Red in my books, but a VERY good all rounder which most people will enjoy. Nice smooth wine with long finish.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(4)
By: Matilde SepulvedaThis wine is great value for money! Argentinian reds are the stronguest assets in Argentina's wine production and is very well accepted by locals. This wine is smooth and robust with hints of mellow wooden flavours. It's very drinkable and its perfect to go with ''asado''(argentinian BBQ). The chargrilled flavours of a two inch steak accompanied by this wine will make you feel in the land of pampas straightaway! This wine makes a great corporate gift...you wont be dissapointted. Try other Michel Torino Estate wines, they are really good.Would you rate this wine good value for money? Yes(5)
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