Deservedly, prime results from a prestigious wine region or from top-level producers often attract high price labels.
The premium wines from the Robert Oatley stable in Australia certainly do just that.
So, too, do the stars of France’s Rhone Valley.
However, despite their high status both can still provide impressive wines for the affordable end of the market.
To prove the point, relish today’s “specials” – a soft grenache based Rhone red and a skilfully crafted Aussie sauvignon.
I hope you enjoy them both.
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
Great value from a top producer
2021 Craigmoor Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99 – down from £8.99 until 14 February – at Waitrose):
When a great promotion, an accomplished producer and a popular grape variety come together, it’s time to take to the shopping trollies.
Having been successfully involved in the wine trade for 50+ years, Robert Oatley is almost wine royalty and the Craigmoor label is one of his current brands.
Although his team uses several wine regions’ output to create this wine, it neatly captures the Australian style of more subdued sauvignon than typical NZ versions.
Restrained yet typically grassy, it exhibits green apple, lemon and tomato leaf flavours given vibrancy by lively acidity.
Pleasing contrast is provide though by attractive traces trace of honey and passion fruit.
Humble category but terrific wine
2021 Cȏtes du Rhȏne (£6 at the Co-op):
Although at the lowest level of the Rhȏne Valley red wine hierarchy, carefully chosen Cȏtes du Rhȏnes can represent superb value for money.
This brilliantly priced, grenache led (74%) illustration offers exactly that.
Medium bodied but with constrained tannin, it has soft plum, cherry and blackcurrant flavours and a thrust of acidic freshness.
Here, those elements are combined with hints of black pepper, caramel, orange peel, ginger and clove.
See you again on Thursday when I take a look at new arrivals from the Porta 6 brand.
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