Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 20th May 2019
w/c 20th May 2019
The Wotwine panel of independent experts tastes 40 – 60 supermarket wines a week to pick out the top buys for you.
Another week with some exciting bargains to share with you. All are from Asda, our first clean sweep since we started highlighting our “Wines of the Week”. One is currently showing as out of stock online but it looks to us like a relatively new release so it could be temporary issue or local to where we searched as it has been scanned in the last few days.
The Wotwine panel of independent experts tastes a wide range of supermarket wines every week to pick out the top buys for you. We won’t recommend a wine unless it is at least “Fair Value”, so worth within 10% either way of the retail price, but we try to find those that give you a bit of a bargain. Happy and great-value drinking… in moderation of course!
£5.00 & Under
Wines at £5.00 or less per bottle are likely to be simple but we look for something solidly-made, free of any obvious faults with some characteristics of the grape variety.
This week we have an interesting Chardonnay/Viognier blend from Chile, which has an impressive character for a wine retailing at £5.00. In our email earlier this week it was showing as unavailable online in London, at least, but we are pleased to say it’s now available online! (UPDATE – However the price has been increased to £7.00 – but still fair value at this price)
Tasting note:Nicely made, interesting wine with good weight and balance, gently floral character and juicy peach and red apple flavours.
£5.00 – £7.49
This is the core of supermarket range and should be providing well-made wines with characteristics of the grape variety and a sense of place. Our “Wine of the Week” is a Pecorino from Abruzzo on the east coast of Italy.It’s still a relatively unknown variety, which is a shame as it makes attractive wines and is often excellent value.This example is a genuine bargain and strongly recommended!
From: ASDA Price: £5.25 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £8.00
Tasting note:Discreet, textural wine with gentle white flower, green herb and citrus character.
£7.50 – £9.99
Wines in this price range should be clearly characteristic of variety and origin, with the best examples exhibiting skilled wine-making such as appropriate and deft use of oak. Staying in Italy, this is another white wine which shows or has appealing aromatics and texture.More of a food wine than the Pecorino, it has some extra weight and riper fruit. Fair Value at £7.50.
From: ASDA Price: £7.50 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £8.00
Tasting note:Attractive, subtly floral wine with meadow flowers, ripe apples and peach skin character. Good food wine, it would be great with cheese.
£10 and over
Above £10.00, the wine should be delivering extra intensity and complexity, often also reflecting higher costs of production such as barrel fermentation or extended bottle ageing.
This Rioja Gran Reserva has long been one of our favourites.We have followed the successive vintages through from the 2005 which is one of our top 10 all-time best value wines.The latest release, the 2009, doesn’t quite hit those (admittedly very lofty) heights but, at £11.50, you are getting a serious wine for your money with this.