Olly Smith’s best wines for under £15

Looking for a great bottle of wine at a bargain price? Wine expert Olly Smith is here to help, with the best wines under £15.

I was recently blown away at a tasting – wines between £8 and £15 notably outgunned almost every other price-point bang for buck, including a couple of bottles costing four and five times more. I love to be reminded that stellar value is thriving, but it strikes me above all that Portugal’s characterful superstars are remarkably memorable for under £15. With more than 250 local grapes to explore and every climate from the coast to the mountains, Portugal is a world of wine to celebrate – and for a tenner, my wine of the week is more than good value.

QUINTA DE FAFIDE ESTATE

WINE OF THE WEEK: QUINTA DE FAFIDE ESTATE RESERVA 2019 (14%), £10, M&S. Everything a bold red should have – perfume, spice, grip, depth and power. Wine to wow with.

VENDANGES NOCTURNES CINSAULT SYRAH ROSÉ

VENDANGES NOCTURNES CINSAULT SYRAH ROSÉ 2021 (12.5%), £6.69*, Waitrose. Zingy, zesty rosé with the right welly to sip alongside an early barbecue.

ELEGANT FROG MALBEC 2020

ELEGANT FROG MALBEC 2020 (13.5%), £8, Sainsbury’s. Floral aromas and ripe as a strawberry on a sunbed, this red is jaw-dropping value.

BOSMAN ADAMA FAIRTRADE WHITE

BOSMAN ADAMA FAIRTRADE WHITE 2020 (13%), £10, Co-Op. Fragrant, aromatic, gorgeous and bright: lovely with a fresh crunchy salad.

DV CATENA TINTO HISTORICO CABERNET

DV CATENA TINTO HISTORICO CABERNET FRANC 2019 (13.5%), £12, Tesco. Sleek and rich with a laser-like tang, this is a svelte stunner for your Sunday roast.

*On offer until 17 May – usually £8.99