Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 23rd September 2019
w/c 23rd September 2019
This week, our Panel tasted an eclectic selection of wines from around the world, covering all the main styles. That is reflected in our recommendations which range from a fruity red from the Adriatic coast to an excellent sparkling wine from England.
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 wine is from Abruzzo, on the Adriatic coast of Italy, and genuinely over-delivers at this price tag. It’s relatively simple but is well-made and enjoyable, with lively fruit.
Tasting note:Good, sound, basic wine with juicy sour cherries and bramble fruit. A nice match with pasta and pizza.
£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. Next up is a decent Cotes du Rhone that is fairly-priced and lives up to its promise. It’s showing as not available on line at Morrison’s but we can see our users are still scanning it so look out for it in store.
J Boulard Cotes du Rhone Debat Royal 2017
Not available online
Price: £7.00 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Well made, bright and balanced wine with fresh cherries and good intensity.
£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. We always get excited when we find a really good Cremant, an alternative to Champagne, made the same way and with a complexity you simply don’t get from Prosecco. This is an excellent example from Alsace and something of a bargain. That means it deservedly gets our Wine of the Week accolade!
From: ALDI Price: £8.29 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £11.00
Tasting note:Peachy, fruity wine with a light, clean palate and reasonable length.
£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 have an impressive English sparkling wine from the excellent 2010 vintage. Again it’s not showing on line at Morrison’s but is apparently still on the shelves. Definitely one to snap up before it disappears!
Morrisons English Sparkling Grand Vintage 2010
Not available online
Wotwine thinks this is worth: £22.00
Tasting Note:Nicely made, balanced wine with apple, grapefruit character, creamy brioche notes and chalky minerality.