Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 15th July 2019
w/c 15th July 2019
With summer returning this week, our Tasting Panel have taken a look at some sparkling wines and unearthed a few delicious and tastily-priced bargains. To start, though, we’ve picked a couple of still wines from Aldi in the £5 and under category that really stand out. 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 under £5.00 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. Our first pick is an attractive and very well-priced red from near the beautiful medieval city of Carcassone in southern France. A genuine, easy-drinking wine and a great buy at this price.
Tasting note:Juicy, fruity, refreshing wine with ripe cherries and plums. Very gluggable summer red.
We’ve picked out a second wine in the £5 and under category that also outperforms. This Californian Chardonnay exhibits all the characteristics you would expect to pay rather more than £4.99 for and is excellent value.
From: Aldi Price: £4.99 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £6.50
Tasting note:Reasonable, decent Chardonnay with ripe apples, sweet lemon and a clean, creamy palate.
£5.01 – £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. Both Proseccos, The first is an excellent value non-vintage, whilst the second, from the same producer, has a little more restraint and elegance and is a superb buy.
Tasting Note:Well made, drier style, lemony wine with a fresh palate, good weight and a delicate apple blossom and nectarine aroma.
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. Finally, a relatively unusual wine on the shelves of UK supermarkets that is well worth trying. Blanquette de Limoux, from the hills of Languedoc in southern France, is reputed to be the first ever sparkling wine, dating from 1531 so a good 100 years before Champagne. Even at the normal price of £9.00, we rate it as Good Value but with £1.00 off until 29 July it is a bargain and our Wine of the Week!