My High Street heroes this week include a soft and fruity Gran Reserva (but not from Rioja) and a tasty Sauvignon blend, both under £6.
Use the pictures below to help you find the bottles on busy supermarket shelves.
2013 La Niña Roja Gran Reserva (£5.50 at Sainsbury’s and 13%):
Gran Reserva sits at the top of Spain’s official wine ageing pyramid and, in some areas, requires two years of oak maturation. However, in areas like Valencia, the maturation period can be much shorter which may be a factor in the favourable price label here.
This Valencian example has soft, medium bodied cherry and red plum fruit with suggestions of baking spice and mint, good acidity but only modest tannin.
2018 Les Richoises White (£5 at Morrisons and 11.5%):
Comte Tolosan, a large area of South West France, and its neighbours are currently producing great value whites including this tasty £5 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Colombard.
This vibrant version combines creamy apple and lemon fruit with dashes of green pepper, refreshing grapefruit acidity but only mild alcohol.
We’ll be back on Monday with details of the latest supermarket wine offers.
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