As MOTHER’S DAY looms large on the horizon and thus some celebratory imbibing may be de rigueur, off I duly headed to an underrated supermarket provider, namely Morrisons in downtown Bognor Regis.
My first foray into the white wine section led me to a 2017 Lindeman ‘s Bin 65 Chardonnay priced at £5.50 and whose easy-drinking style was most evident.
It proved to be refreshingly clean on the palate with peach and melon flavours to the fore and had almost a mineral feel and, at this price, is jolly good value for money.
The Morrison 2016 The Best Gavi on offer at a reduced £6.50 sported an apple and blossom nose and exuded pear and stone fruit flavours and was decidedly light and elegant and well balanced and well worth a punt, especially as we are approaching, fingers crossed , warmer climes!
My final two white selections were at the heady price of eight readies and again were part of the Best collection and I will commence with the 2017 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc from the Awatere Valley which is a classic Sauvignon with gooseberry and fresh herbs prevalent and one worthy of your attention, although the Villa Maria at just £6 is undoubtedly more of a bargain!
My white wine pick of the week, however, is the Morrison 2015 White Burgundy which punched well above its weight and turned out to be fragrant and complex, slightly creamy in texture with green apple and grass complementing delightful white peach flavours and a wine of distinction and one to snap up!
In terms of reds, the 2016 Villa Verde Montepulciano D’Abruzzo, priced at a modest £4.50, proved irresistible as my red wine of the week with fresh tar and cherry in abundance – a no-brainer as a purchase and a great pair to spaghetti bolognaise! Priced under £7, the 2013 Marqués de Los Río Rioja Reserva had a big, oaky nose and exceeded expectations!
Viñalba 2016 Malbec at a reduced price of £7.50 was eminently quaffable and the Patagonia Argentina 2015 Malbec added a touch of refinement to justify an outlay of £9-plus.
In terms of next Sunday , you can avail yourself of a Lanson Champagne for just £24 or a Taittinger for a further £4 expended!