My top tips this week include an intensely fruity Portuguese Douro and a tasty South African white Grenache – a steal at £5.50. Scroll down and you'll also find a heads up on the new multibuy offer at Sainsbury's, plus a reminder of the Tesco Clubcard holder promotion ending today.
2020 The Best Bush Vine Grenache Blanc (£5.50 – instead of £8.25 until 2 November – at Morrisons)
A mutation of its black namesake, white Grenache originated in Spain (and also plays a key role in white Chateauneuf du Pape) but has only recently gained traction as a commercial variety in South Africa (home to this great value example).
With savoury depth yet still generous hints of ripeness, it brings us greengage, pear and fresh pineapple flavours given verve by lively lemon and grapefruit acidity and combined with vanilla, mint and orange pith elements too.
2019 Extra Special Douro Red (£6.50 at Asda)
Portugal’s Douro Valley was once famous for its “field blends”, where almost random selections of grapes are grown, picked and fermented together. More systematic approaches apply nowadays but blending different varieties remains very common there for local wines like this.
Savoury edged but with hints of sweetness, it has intense blueberry, black cherry and loganberry flavours combined with good acidity, firm tannin and suggestions of mint, nutmeg and rosemary.
We'll be back on Thursday with a full round up of promotions at the major retailers. In the meantime, take note of the ‘Buy 6 and save 25%‘ deal just launched at Sainsbury's, and don't forget Tesco's ‘3 for £20‘ deal ends today.
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