Welcome to the latest Top Tips post which continues its quest for great value options among the High Street’s inexpensive ranges.
Our first stop is for a nicely crafted Australian shiraz that perfectly fits the slot for tasty but inexpensive red wine that, unobtrusively, enhances mid-week mealtimes.
Its companion is a bit of a surprise in the shape of subtle, peach-led gewurztraminer that provides an enjoyable “drink-anytime” option.
Enjoy them both.
Pictures and, where possible, hyperlinks are included with the descriptions of these wines.
Great informal, straightforward drinking
Of course, we all know that dense and complex top-level shiraz (syrah in France) attracts, and deserves, celebrity status.
However, straightforward, inexpensive versions like this have a role to play and are a great source of informal, everyday drinking.
Long and with attractive sweet edges, Australia’s 2020 Leaps & Bounds Shiraz (£7 – instead of £8 until 9 August – at Sainsbury’s and 13.5% abv) has a backbone of uncomplicated prune and bramble flavours.
Those components are well supported by firm acidity (but soft tannin) and pleasing suggestions of menthol, chocolate, aniseed and liquorice.
Definitely not what you expect.
Despite both wines using the same grape variety, this Chilean gewurztraminer is a very different animal to those classic versions from Alsace.
This is more of a drink anytime wine with much less texture than Alsace options and with the volume turned down appreciably on those trademark spicy elements.
While there are indeed hints of savoury spice in 2021 Cono Sur Gewurztraminer (£6 at Tesco and 12.5%) the primary factors at work here are ripe and perfumed peach, orange and oriental fruit flavours.
That all makes this a pleasant, restrained patio wine – but remember that its modest acidity means it may seem slightly sweeter than it actually is.
A Word of Thanks
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