w/c 1st July 2019
The Wotwine panel of independent experts tastes 40 – 60 supermarket wines a week to pick out the top buys for you.
After a good run, it was a disappointing week for our Tasting Panel, with only four wines rated Good or even Fair Value. The only consolation is that they pretty much cover the range of values so we have some options for you, including a couple of great value Pinot Noirs … and that’s a rarity!
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 simple but we look for something solidly-made, free of any obvious faults with some characteristics of the grape variety.
A Pinot Noir for under a fiver is almost unknown but this wine from Asda is a bargain. Don’t expect Burgundy but it is well-made and clearly identifiable with a proper varietal profile.
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £5.50
Tasting note: Simple, reasonable wine with ripe cherries and red currants.
This is an unusual wine from Umbria in Central Italy and definitely for those who are a little more adventurous in their wine buying. But at £5.00 per bottle it is hard to go too far wrong!
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £5.00
Tasting note: Medium sweet, simple wine with sweet apples and lemon curd.
£5.00 – £7.49
This is the core of the supermarket’s range and should be providing well-made wines with characteristics of the grape variety and a sense of place.
Next is another white, this time from Southern France. It’s ideal well-chilled as an aperitif but has the substance to accompany food.
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £6.50
Tasting note: Round, textural wine with cinnamon tea character from some oak aging.
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.
Finally, we have another Pinot Noir, this time from Marlborough in New Zealand. It’s really good value at the listed price but, with 25% off as part of a mixed case, it’s a stunning buy at £6.75 and our Wine of the Week. The offer lasts until 8 July so snap it up fast!