Wotwine best value wines of the week – w/c 9th September 2019
w/c 9th September 2019
This week we focus on what is the core £5.00-£7.49 price range for supermarket wines. At this level, the wines should be well made with characteristics of the grape variety and a sense of place but it is also the territory of some of the large brands, often on “special offer”, which we continue to find disappointing. Occasionally, however, we find some examples that seriously out-perform and this week, we think we’ve identified four reds that offer genuine value as well as some extra quality
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!
The first is an easy-drinking red blend from Chile, available from Aldi at what we think is an excellent price of £5.99. It is ripe in style and perhaps carries more residual sugar than we would ideally choose but that accentuates the fruit and gives it a richer, indulgent texture.
Tasting note:Nicely made, balanced and ripe wine with red plums, spiced cherries and some dusty earthiness.
The second wine is from Abruzzo on the Adriatic coast of Italy. Montepulciano (the grape variety, not to be confused with the town in Tuscany famous for its Vina Nobile which is made from Sangiovese) has historically had a reputation for rather rustic and heavily tannic wines that require extended ageing but improved winemaking means they can be more approachable in their early years.
From: ASDA Price: £5.75 – NOW ON ROLLBACK TO £5.00 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £7.00
Tasting note:Bright, spicy, earthy wine with red cherries, raspberries, a touch of forest floor and a lifted finish.
We stay on the east coast of Italy for the third wine but this time in the far south of Puglia. Malvasia Nera is rarely seen as a single varietal, certainly in the UK, but this is an attractive, intensely-flavoured wine that shows remarkable quality for its price.
From: LIDL Price: £6.99 Wotwine thinks this is worth: £8.00
Tasting note:Ripe, juicy wine with dark plums and cherries, balanced mouthfeel and a touch of spice on the finish. Nicely genuine and easy to enjoy.
Finally, we head to Portugal for our Wine of the Week. This is a particularly well-made wine at this price level, offering excellent balance and attractive complexity. Portugal often over-delivers on value and, at under £7 per bottle, this is something of a bargain.