My top wine picks this week both hail from Chile – a fruity and energetic Chardonnay and a rich, smooth Carmenere. Scroll down and you'll find details of more great value supermarket wine buys.
2020 Taste the Difference Chilean Chardonnay (£6.50 – instead of £8 until 21 September – at Sainsbury’s)
This Chardonnay has an impressively extensive fruit flavour range but, exceptionally, manages to enhance even that with energetic acidic freshness.
Punching well above its price, it provides a vibrant cocktail of peach, tangerine, apple and melon flavours supported by attractive concluding sweetness and the merest tickle of oak.
2019 Santa Rita 120 Reserva Especial Carmenere (from £7.49 at Majestic)
Despite early confusion with Merlot, Carmenere has become Chile’s signature red, providing tasty, distinctive wines – albeit costing a penny or two more in this case.
So, staying with Chile, this dark and smooth wine brings us rich plum and fig flavours complemented by gentle acidity and limited tannin along with hints of green pepper, star anise and caramel, all built into a vaguely mineral texture.
Current offers and promotions
A new promotion kicked off last week at the Co-op. This red is well worth a look if it's on offer in your local store:
- Co-op Irresistible Chilean Carmenere (Down to £6 until 28 September at participating stores)
At Marks and Spencer
The promotion continues at M&S this week and is expected to run until the end of September. This white – an impressive version in previous vintages – is among the offers:
- Picpoul les Figuerettes (Drops to £8 until 27 September)
At other retailers
In our next post on Thursday, we compare three whites that use the same grape but occupy different price points and then do the same with three reds.
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