Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 27th May 2019

 w/c 27th May 2019

The Wotwine panel of independent experts tastes 40 – 60 supermarket wines a week to pick out the top buys for you.

We’ve been a little light on wines at the low end of the price range recently but not this time. In fact, all four of our best value picks come in at under £7.50, with one a real bargain at well below £5.00. Also, we tried some low-price rosés and were pleasantly surprised.
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 a real bargain from Chile. For a wine at this price point, it really over-delivers with genuine Merlot fruit character.
 ALDI Andara-Chilean-Merlot
Andara Chilean Merlot 2018
From: Aldi
Price: £4.09
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £5.50
Tasting note: Balanced, typical Merlot with ripe cherries, red plums and pepper spice.

£5.00 – £7.49

This is the core of the supermarket range and should be providing well-made wines with characteristics of the grape variety and a sense of place.
Unusually, we’ve picked out three examples in this price bracket, all of which offer well-made and interesting wines at Good or Fair Value. The first is a rare beast, a rather pretty Pinot Noir currently available for only £6.00 if you buy it as part of a mixed case of six. German Pinot Noir is not to everyone’s taste – and this generated a bit of a debate among our Panelists – but we think it’s well worth a try at this price.

Sainsburys Rheinhessen Pinot Noir

Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Rheinhessen Pinot Noir 2017
From: Sainsbury’s
Price: £6.00 (As part of a mixed case)
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note: Easy drinking, light wine with raspberry and wild strawberry character, rose petals and a touch of steely minerality.


Second up is our “Wine of the Week”, from the Douro Valley in Portugal. Better known as the home of Port, the Douro is also making some excellent non-fortified wines and this is a great example at a stunning price for the quality.

Co-op Vila Real Rabelo Red 2015

Vila Real Rabelo Red 2015
From: Co-op
Price: £6.00
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £8.00
Tasting note: Interesting, well-made wine with balanced red and dark fruit character, gentle spice and earthiness.
Finally we have a classic big Aussie Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, with lots of ripe fruit and spices. Definitely a food wine and perfect with a barbecued steak!

ALDI Barossa-Valley-Shiraz

Iron Horse Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
From: Aldi
Price: £6.99
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.50
Tasting Note: Bold, jammy wine with stewed plums, cherry compote, sweet spice and medicinal herb character.

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