With good European wines available just now, I have probably unfairly neglected the new world recently.
Today is a good time to put that right because I have two especially good recommendations for you.
Both represent excellent value for money.
One is an M&S white with an unfamiliar name – but behind that label is wine easily comparable to options a couple of pounds dearer.
Its companion bears a thoroughly familiar name – Barossa Valley – but, pleasingly, displays quality well beyond its currently discounted price
I hope you enjoy them both.
Images are provided here to help you hunt out these wines in crowded displays.
First that Aussie red
2021 The Best Barossa Valley Shiraz (£7.50 – instead of £10 until 22 November – at Morrisons and 14.5% abv):
Great to see this 25% reduction on an absolutely brilliant Aussie shiraz.
Full and dark, it delivers smoky bramble, cherry and plum flavours accompanied by mild tannin and good acidity.
Also in evidence are traces of sage, clove and milk chocolate – all integrated within a depth that helps the wine carry its 14.5% alcohol well.
This wine does appear to be an “in store speciality” which may not appear on the retailer’s website.
Over the ocean for the white
2021 Ya’Po Sauvignon Blanc (£6.00 in M&S stores and on the Ocado website – and 12.5%):
Like its sister merlot that M&S also sells, this Chilean sauvignon is a sound choice at a very fair price.
Ripe but with a slightly pithy texture, it contains melon and cooked apple flavours coupled with mellow hints of tropical fruit and green herbs neatly wrapped in vibrant lime acidity.
It is a good option as prices for sauvignon, in particular, continue to climb.
This Thursday’s post contains the usual pointers towards current supermarket deals but its headline feature covers Christmas discounts at Aldi.
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