If – like most subscribers – you are something of a wine enthusiast and one who appreciates a good deal, today’s post is for you.
It contains recommendations for two excellent wines offering sound quality without breaking the bank.
One is even on offer – but not for too much longer.
Both stray a little off the beaten path – although not very far.
One is an alternative to Marlborough sauvignon while the other is an upgrade on basic shiraz with an example from a top region.
Both have a great deal to offer the thrifty wine drinker who values both taste and value.
As is normal here, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.
Enticing sauvignon in difficult times.
2022 South Breakwater Sauvignon Blanc (£6.75 at the Co-op and 12.5%):
Despite the challenges around water shortages for vineyards in Chile's Casablanca Valley, this sauvignon blanc shines through.
On opening the bottle, you'll be greeted by enticing tropical fruit aromas that pave the way for delightful pineapple and gooseberry flavours.
These medium-bodied elements take centre stage and are accompanied by herbal green pepper undertones.
Finally, the wine's assertive lime acidity and subtle touch of sweetness create a finish that is both rounded and refreshing.
NB:- The price on the website differs from the latest one the Co-op has provided.
Well priced shiraz from a classic region
2021 Extra Special Barossa Shiraz (£7 – instead of £8 until 31 May – at Asda and 14.5%):
Originating from South Australia's legendary Barossa Valley, this red is a true gem.
The Valley’s warm temperatures, diverse soil types, and ancient, unirrigated vines play a major part in the richness and concentration of its wines – including this one.
With a mineral backdrop adding depth, it slowly unfolds evolving flavours of damson, cherry, and blackcurrant.
You'll also discover suggestions of chocolate, nutmeg, and black pepper to add complexity and leave a lasting impression.
NB:- The link goes to a “Shiraz” page – this wine is in Row 2.
After today’s focus on less expensive wines from two retailers, Thursday’s post concentrates on just one source (Lidl) to find the stars among its most recent Wine Tours.
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