Today, the focus is on wine from two well-known grapes but in versions that provide a little bonus when compared to similar offerings.
One is a sauvignon from Languedoc where the warm climate encourages more ripeness (with all the good things that brings) than many European versions.
The other is a primitivo with enough residual sugar to complement rich foods especially well – and as a “double bonus” it has a very gentle price label.
Enjoy them both.
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
First, then, the red
2021 Castellore Primitivo (£5.49 at Aldi and 13.5% abv):
Once again Puglia provides a great value red from the primitivo grape – albeit one with hints of sweetness that, consequently, add density and richness.
I spoke recently about the suitability of primitivo to Puglia – when discussing Lidl’s Peuceta option.
Sunshine moisture-retaining soil and cooling coastal breezes all combine to help produce sound, well-priced versions.
This one is full and rich with little tannin but more residual sugar than usual, which serves to add that extra density.
It also features layered elderberry, bramble and prune flavours coupled with hints of chocolate, baking spice and savoury herbs.
Next that Languedoc sauvignon
2021 Villa Blanche Sauvignon Blanc (£6.99 – instead of £8.99 until 11 April – at Waitrose and 12%):
As a crude rule of thumb, New Zealand sauvignon corners the market in assertiveness while European versions are likely to be more herbal, minerally and subtle.
However, this sauvignon’s warm Languedoc homeland adds an extra dimension to
classic European subtlety and herbal influences.
With an unusual pineapple fragrance, it delivers textured green apple, kiwi fruit and peach flavours accompanied by lemongrass and other herb influences.
The entire package is wrapped in sharp citrus acidity that, nevertheless, leaves the wine’s broadly subdued nature little changed.
Sainsbury's seems to have started a “Buy 6” promotion this weekend and I believe Eddie will be adding his thoughts about it via a comment to this post. So keep a sharp look-out for what he has to say; it's always well worth it!
See you again on Thursday when I pinpoint a selection of wines that I think will transform your Easter drinking.
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