With one eye on folk stocking up for the Jubilee weekend. today’s Top Tips push up the price range slightly.
However, now is a good time to mention prices more generally.
Increased wine prices are beginning to kick in significantly and – increasingly often – wine that remains at lower price points is indifferent at best.
While at least a third of budget wines I tasted used to be fairly sound, that proportion is now much smaller.
In truth, reliable, everyday wine that only recently sat in the £5 to £7 range now costs between £6 and £8.
That range is certainly the focus for today’s selections, and we must expect to see more and more evidence of this price shift.
So, please read on with that in mind.
To make that read more useful, images and hyperlinks again appear where possible to help you select the right wine.
Clare Valley but not riesling
Mention South Australia and shiraz and the Barossa Valley immediately springs to mind, while the more northerly Clare Valley is usually associated with riesling instead.
Nevertheless, as this version re-affirms, Clare can also produce quality shiraz.
Full and sturdy, 2018 Specially Selected Clare Valley Shiraz (£7.99 at Aldi stores but not currently available online) features dense bramble and elderberry flavours with liquorice and clove components and gentle oaky smoothness.
Admittedly (at 14.5% abv) it does have high-octane strength, but this is neatly constrained by chocolate-based richness.
Another revived Italian white variety
Italy’s Campania region has more than one falanghina variety but, whichever one you have, aromatics are likely to be to the fore
Perhaps that is what led Oz Clarke to describe the falanghina revival as giving us “a more subtle yet scented version of fiano”.
So, predictably perfumed but with neatly rounded texture, 2020 Best Falanghina (£7.25 at Morrisons and 12.5%) brings us ripe melon, pear drop and apple flavours with contrasting white peach hints, lemon acidity and a savoury, slightly chalky finish.
As foreshadowed last week, no post this coming Thursday but do tune in again next Monday when another pair of Top Tips will await your attention.
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