With so many British reds popping up these days, it can be hard to follow which wines are best suited to which occasions. To help narrow the search for the perfect accompaniment to steak, we’ve rounded up some of the best. From Simpsons’ Sussex-grown Rabbit Hole Pinot Noir to a sub-£20 Italian-inspired red from Berkshire, which is the best British wine for steak?
Simpsons Pinot Noir
Why We Rate It: Firstly, this wine is perfect for steak, but also works well with any gamey dish. Deep crimson in colour, the wine has aromas of black fruits including blueberries, while the palate shows beautiful soft tannins and a spicy finish. Bold, but not so powerful that it will overpower your steak. I swear by it, a staple in any English wine lovers rack.
London Cru Pinot Noir
Why We Rate It: Secondly, Becky and I tasted this new release from London Cru quite recently, and we both fell head-over-heels. This is a bold, spicy Pinot Noir, with just enough going on to balance out the deep, savoury flavours of a steak. Medium bodied with a good level of tannins and just enough spice, this wine almost tastes as though it was produced with steak in mind. Produced from exceptional quality fruit, with 13.2% alcohol, this won’t disappoint.
Stanlake Park The Reserve MV£17.99
Stanlake Park Reserve
Why We Rate It: Thirdly, with skillful Italian winemaker Nico Centonze at the helm, Stanlake Park were always going to have a red that would contend for best-with-steak. This wine is one of the best in terms of elegance and balance. The nose is full of black fruits including blackberries, perfect flavours to pair with steak. You get good acidity on the palate, it’s not too powerful, with smooth tannins and a balanced finish. Especially popular at ERW HQ, I get this great value wine out for every red meat / lamb dish I make. It’s great with mushroom dishes and grilled vegetables too. Steak + mushroom sauce + grilled veggies + a bottle of Stanlake Park Reserve = Dinner sorted.
Montgomery Rondo 2018£24.99
Why We Rate It: We’re constantly inspired by the red wines that are being produced in Wales. This Rondo, created by Montgomery Vineyards, is Wales’ answer to Malbec, bursting with black fruits including blackberries. It’s got a hint of spice too, which means it will perfectly complement your steak. I am a huge fan, this bold wine is brilliant with food and gives that fuller-bodied tannic structure that you sometimes crave. Plus, it’s great value and a real crowd-pleaser.
Trevibban Black Ram NV£20.99
Trevibban Black Ram
Why We Rate It: Finally, this wine is an original stock favourite at ERW HQ, it delivers brilliant black fruit flavours like no other. It has black fruit aromas including plum, which will perfectly complement your steak. Cornish grown and made, this spicy red has excellent, juicy acidity with a balanced, long finish – expect to be wowed. This is the British wine for steak. It doesn’t matter what cut, this wine will effortlessly and flawlessly complement your dinner. Trevibban Mill also operate an as-organic-as-possible vineyard, which is a bonus.