My High Street highlights this week include a juicy Merlot and a fresh Sauvignon Blanc, both under £6.
The pictures below should help you spot the bottles on busy supermarket shelves.
2018 Brindle Ridge Merlot (£5.50 – instead of £6.50 until 18 March – at SPAR and 13%):
After years as Asda’s wine guru, Master of Wine Philippa Carr is now helping SPAR to re-shape its offerings. In her former role she introduced several good value Eastern European wines and is doing similarly excellent work with SPAR.
This juicy Romanian red has smooth medium-bodied cherry and raspberry fruit with good acidity, a clove and bay leaf background but very gentle tannin.
2018 Chalk Bay Sauvignon Blanc (£5.32 at Majestic and 12%):
Hailing from Nelson, Marlborough’s often unheralded neighbour, this inexpensive sauvignon has a lighter texture than other New Zealand versions. However, its fresh flavours more than compensate for any lack of heartiness.
It has minty gooseberry fruit, grassy tangerine acidity and a background fusion of grapefruit pith freshness and savoury herbs.
We’ll be back on Monday with details of new supermarket wine promotions.
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