Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 29th July 2019
w/c 29th July 2019
It is purely coincidental that this is being written from the rolling wooded hills north of Siena but this week we have a distinctly Tuscan feel to the recommendations. Properly made, Sangiovese has the capacity to produce outstanding, fragrant wines, with distinct yet elegant structure that pairs perfectly with flavoursome food. Our Tasting Panel have found some competitively-priced examples to help you enjoy them all the more!
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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.
We start, however, with a Rosé from the south-west of France that perhaps starts the fightback against Spanish domination of our best buy list.
Lidl Cotes de Gascogne Rose 2018
In Store only
Price: £4.99 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Bright, fruity rose with red currants and ripe berries. A perfect summer drink when well chilled.
£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.
So, having sorted out the aperitif wine, the first of the Sangiovese is a good, honest Chianti Classico. There’s a lot of rather dull, dilute wine still sold under this over-extended DOCG label, so you need to be selective, but we think this is genuinely Good Value as an entry level offering.
From: Co-op Price: £6.00 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Fresh, crunchy wine with red cherries and red plums.
£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. The second red is from the coastal region of Tuscany called Maremma where the local clone of Sangiovese is called Morellino. This is an impressive example and, with 20% off at Waitrose until 13 August, is an excellent buy. For that combination of quality and value, it is our Wine of the Week!
From: Waitrose & Partners Price: £7.99 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £9.50
Tasting note:Ripe, juicy wine with sweet black cherries, plums and violets.
£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. Finally, we are back in the Chianti Classico region with an excellent Riserva from the outstanding 2013 vintage that now has additional complexity from a few extra years maturing in bottle. It is 25% off at Waitrose until 13 August so there is plenty of time to stock up … and we recommend that you do.