Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 8th July 2019
w/c 8th July 2019
A heavy tasting schedule this week has revealed some well-made and – our raison d’être – good value wines across the price range.
We keep saying this but there are still too many (over 50% this week) which simply do not deliver on a price tag of £8, £10 or even £12 and above. Despite what certain online retailers would have you believe, the bottom end of the market is intensely competitive and there is value to be found. Too often, it seems, retailers are looking to make their overall category margins by adding a pound or three to mid-range wines. Anyway, we pretty much taste them all so you can avoid not just the shockers but also the rip-offs. 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.
We start with an example of a £5.00 wine which is excellent value. Sainsbury’s have been on a bit of a roll recently with their Italian buying and this is no exception. An entry level “House Chianti” that over-delivers!
Tasting note:Simple, genuine glugging wine with red cherries and sloe fruit.
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!
£5.01 – £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. Rueda is one of the under-appreciated wine regions of Spain. Yes, there’s some dilute generic Verdejo around but this is an impressive example, made with fruit from old vines within the delineated Rueda DO, equivalent to AOC in France. It’s a great alternative summer white to Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio and our Wine of the Week.
From: Lidl Price: £6.49 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Inviting ripe peach on the nose. Gastronomic, textured palate with good weight and a tangy grapefruit finish.
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. From a little further West in Spain, on the cool climate Galician coast comes this excellent and competitively-priced Albarino. Rias Baixas, the “DO” heartland of Albarino, has become rather fashionable (read expensive) recently but this is an exception and well worth looking out. Perfect with seafood!
From: ASDA Price: £8.00 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £8.50
Tasting note:Good, gastronomic wine with fresh apples, sweet nectarines, white flowers and wild herbs.
£10.00 & 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.
Lastly, we suggest a really rather lovely Malbec from Waitrose. It’s on special offer at the moment so do check online or with your local store, but this is a classy and structured wine which you could happily put away in the cellar for three to five years if you have somewhere suitable.