With early May weather unpredictable, the week’s main shop may have been too early to decide what to buy for informal drinking this weekend.
So here is a trio of reliable, well priced wines on promotion until 2 May at the Co-op who seem to offer last minute shopping options around – or close to – most street corners.
As usual, click on any of the bottles shown for an enlarged image to help you pinpoint the wine on a crowded shelf.
Aussies do merlot too
Although South Australia is prime shiraz or cabernet sauvignon country, merlot still leads the “other red varieties” by a mile – often creating respectable fare like this branded version (named after a popular Murray River cattle grazing site) and ideal supper table wine.
With classic cherry and cinnamon influences, 2016 Oxford Landing Merlot (£5.49 – instead of £7.49 until 2 May – and 13.5%) also brings you firm acidity with floral raspberry and plum touches and a hint of aniseed but only limited tannin – with everything enveloped in a soft, medium bodied texture.
Malbec for every BBQ
If the weather does support a Bank Holiday barbecue then few reds suit these events better than malbec, and this one from the hot, dry vineyards of San Juan does the job brilliantly – and at a great current price.
While all the expected rounded, gentle depth and soft tannins appear aplenty in 2016 Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (£5.99 – instead of £7.99 until 2 May – and 13.5%) there are also concentrated cherry and prune components along with carefully balanced suggestions of clove, vanilla and milk chocolate.
And for a White
Almost as famed as Argentinian malbec is that country’s flagship white – torrontes – which, here, is blended with pinot grigio and also hails from San Juan – where careful winemaking can still deliver white wine with acidity despite the hot climate.
Enjoy then the slightly viscous but floral and undemanding 2016 Olas Torrontes Pinot Grigio (£5.49 – instead of £6.49 until 2 May – and 12.5%) with greengage, pineapple and tangerine fruit, nippy grapefruit acidity and a nutty, ginger based twist too.
Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and see you again next week.
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