A new Co-op promotion is currently under way and runs through until 4 October offering the customary mix of well made, fairly priced, dependable wines; here are three from the list that appealed to me.
As usual, click on any picture for an enlarged image to help you find the bottle in a crowded display.
Rocky Valleys get serious
The Valdepenas region (literally Valley of Rocks) used to be just an area for light, simple red wine but, nowadays, it also makes serious fare from classic grape varieties like this nicely made tempranillo.
Enjoy then the soft, ripe, cherry and plum fruit in 2009 Anciano 5 Year Old Reserva (£5.99 – instead of £7.99 and 13% abv) and the firm acidity but muted tannin and vanilla, cocoa and cinnamon components that support it.
Unexpected but welcome too
See why from the great value, full, textured and concentrated 2015 The Unexpected Red (£4.99 instead of £5.99 and 14%) with its chewy tannins, rich bramble and loganberry fruit and accompanying touches of black pepper, aniseed and plum stone.
On your bike for reliability
No recognition problems though for Chile’s familiar and ever reliable Bicicleta range that – like many other sauvignons from those parts – is softer, deeper and riper than, say, versions from Marlborough.
That ripeness point is reinforced by the white peach elements of 2015 Cono Sur Bicicleta Sauvignon Blanc (£5.99 instead of £6.99 and 12%) but the wine still delivers a burst of crisp, green apple and grapefruit acidity.
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