Wotwine best value wines of the week – Waitrose & Partners Special
Waitrose & Partners Special
Our team have been travelling this week so we have again decided to do something a little different. It has long been a complaint of ours that too many of the wines that on “special offer” at supermarkets are merely being marked down to the price they really should be and there’s really not anything special about the deal at all. We decided to put that to the test and do a spot check on the red wines Waitrose has on its current Offers list. And the news is not too good!
Of the 25 wines where we have a current rating, nine don’t meet the basic quality threshold we have to recommend a wine, irrespective of price. Six are Fair Value but fifteen are still Poor Value even with, in most cases, 25% off. So there are only four wines out of 25 that we rate as Good Value, which is pretty disappointing, to be honest. Come on Waitrose, you should be doing better than that!
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!
PLEASE NOTE: Since writing Waitrose & Partners have amended thier offers so current price online / in-store may differ from the prices listed.
£5.00 – £7.49
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.
The first wine is a generous and attractive Californian Shiraz, currently 25% off.
Tasting note:Bold, warming wine with intense baked fruit and sweet oak on the palate.
£7.50 – £9.99
Wines in this price rage should be clearly characteristic of variety and origin, with the best examples exhibiting skilled wine-making such as appropriate and deft use of oak. With the Cricket World Cup in full swing, what better to accompany it than a wine from none other than Sir Ian Botham! This Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon is good value even at normal list price but, with 25% off at the moment, it’s a real bargain and our “Wine of the Week”. You could say it’s 6 for 48 … which even Beefy would regard as a pretty good return!
Tasting note:Very good, powerful wine with ripe cassis and eucalyptus character on the balanced but intense, meaty palate.
In the same price bracket is an excellent Chianti from what was an outstanding vintage in Tuscany. In most weeks, this would take the top billing but the Botham 80 is such a great deal at the moment that this has to take the runner up spot.
Tasting note:Nicely made, typical Chianti with bright red fruits, forest floor earthiness and gentle oak. Classy.
£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. Finally, we have another South Australian red, this time from Barossa Valley rather than Coonawarra. It’s a good buy at £3 per bottle off the normal price but then then Botham 80 is £3 cheaper and we rate them the same. Maybe buy a bottle of each and see what you think. Let us know!