If you want to blow away the cobwebs on Halloween, try these wines ‘witch’ happen to be hauntingly good...
Named after the fairytale Balaur dragon who, folklore says, has the ability to produce precious stones, Balaur Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, Romania (£7.99, www.virginwines.co.uk), is bright enough to cast a spell over anyone who has reservations about Romanian wine. Light, gently scented and youthful with smooth silky tannins, it’s ideal for a party... or a coven in a castle.
DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
More damson than demon, Devil’s Peak Limited Edition Pinotage 2012, South Africa (£7.99 from £9.99, www.virginwines.co.uk) is smooth and fruity and a far cry from the dry, roughly textured pinotage. With a subtle whiff of smoke and ripe, plummy, mulberry fruit with a coating of spice, it’s tannic and terrifically easy to drink.
A freaky label and something to really get your teeth into, Rex Mundi 2013, Pays d’Oc IGP, France (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk) is a blend of shiraz/grenache and these juicy, sweet grapes must have enjoyed hours of sunshine to produce this lip-smacking red. With a ghoulish-looking figure on the front, it’s named after an evil god... but the wine tastes heaven-sent.
BAT OUT OF HELL
Screamingly good and bold as brass, The Waxed Bat Shiraz Cabernet Malbec 2013, Mendoza, Argentina (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk combines cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and malbec to produce a powerful, complex and exuberant wine. Decant an hour before to savour the tingly blackberry, blueberry and cassis fruit with cedar, perfume and spice on the long, lingering finish.