While the Co-op focus on some classic areas (see previous post), the current Waitrose promotions contain some unusual wines – but ones even the less intrepid can buy with confidence. See which of these highlights tick boxes for you.
Although these discounts are due to end on 14 April, the judgements on the wines themselves should hold good for at least three months from the time of the post.
Click on any of the bottles shown for an enlarged image to help you find the specific wine on a crowded shelf.
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2013 Pedra Viva Priorat (£8.99 instead of £10.99) offers concentrated and textured mulberry fruit with cherry centred acidity and a sensational robust, herby, mineral finish.
A Lovely White from Nearer Home
The apricot and orange fruit of the lightly textured, non-vintage Denbies Surrey Gold (£7.83 – down from £9.79) is neatly supplemented by hints of clove and underpins it all with fresh tangerine based acidity.
Dessert Wine with Acidic Balance
Here though – at less than a tenner – is the floral and creamily textured 2011 Chateau Jolys Cuvee Jean (in 50cl bottles and down £2 from £11.99) with its layered peach and orange fruit flavours that are perfectly counterbalanced by fresh citrus acidity.
Normality restored – sort of
Although 2014 Santa Julia Chardonnay (£5.99 – instead of £7.49) opens with textured pineapple flavours, it quickly develops pear and greengage influences pepped up by zippy lemon based acidity.
Finally something orthodox but brilliant
It builds on those components though with touches of star anise and all spice, a well judged tannic edge and cherry and raspberry freshness too.
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