Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 11th August 2019
w/c 11th August 2019
A busy few days has seen the Tasting Panel review 70 wines and, happily, there are some serious bargains to be had across the price range. Disappointingly, we found only around half of them to be Good Value or Fair Value so there is still some work to do!
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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. First up is an absolute bargain from Morrisons. Beaujolais suffers from rather variable quality but this is a well-made example, bursting with fruit, at a remarkable price. For sheer outstanding value, it is our Wine of the Week.
Tasting note:Nicely made, bright and fruity wine with ripe cherries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries.
£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.
In most weeks, this would have won the “Wine of the Week” accolade, but unfortunately there is no second prize. Nonetheless, this is an excellent example of Argentinian Malbec and is also outstanding value at the reduced “rollback” price of £6.00.
From: ASDA Price: £6.00 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £10.00
Tasting note: Intense, concentrated wine with lots of tangy mulberry, dense ripe plums and a lift of acidity on the finish.
£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. Another excellent value wine is this offering from Lidl. 2015 was a warm year in Tuscany, producing generous, fruity wines that are drinking well now and this is a classy example. It is a Riserva, so has some extra ageing prior to release, providing additional complexity to the wine.
From: Lidl Price: £7.49 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £10.00
Tasting note:Well made, bright wine with cherry and hedgerow fruits, rose petals and warm spices.
£10 & 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. Aldi is carrying an interesting range of champagnes from less well-known producer Philizot, under the Veuve Monsigny label, but our pick is the 2006 vintage. It’s more expensive than the standard Brut NV but really delivers. Avoid the Organic version of the NV though, which is priced at a large premium and is simply not worth the additional money.