While not exactly one of life’s major mysteries, there is a hint of the unexpected in today’s post.
One concerns the location that provides the featured white wine.
While the red wine was the subject of mistaken identity in South America for decades.
What is beyond question, though, is that both wines are offerings most MidWeekers will enjoy.
Read on to discover more about them.
In the usual way, hyperlinks and pictures are used where possible to help you locate the bottle in question.
A mildly surprising location
2022 Paul Mas Sauvignon Blanc (£8 at Asda and 12% abv):
Sunny Languedoc is not an obvious source of sauvignon blanc.
However, with the right (relatively cool) location and – as here – winemaker, it can provide understated (almost Loire-like) versions like this.
Soft with a long finish, it delivers restrained apple, melon and white peach flavours.
Enjoy too the accompanying ripeness, grassiness and gentle grapefruit acidity.
Identity now definitively established
2021 Irresistible Carmenere (£7 at the Co-op and 14%):
Wine book authors revel in the early confusion in Chile between merlot and carmenere vines.
Admittedly, their appearances and Bordeaux origins are similar, but it is amazing that so much carmenere was once wrongly labelled as merlot.
DNA put matters right, and carmenere is now a much-appreciated Chilean signature grape – as this version from the Maipo Valley testifies.
Aromatic and smooth, it is centred on skilfully integrated cherry, plum and date flavours.
Those are neatly supplemented by balanced tannin (but firm acidity) and suggestions of chocolate, paprika and allspice.
See you again on Thursday when the focus switches to red wines for BBQ events.
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