by Martin Lury
Continuing my ongoing mission to locate quality wine at the lowest possible price, I have to hail the gallant knight of M&S in their apparent November offer to keep us stocked up with their most welcome quality discounted wine at an alluring 25 per cent off six bottles .
So your intrepid wine researcher duly headed off to M&S and initially espied a Sauvignon Blanc, namely a Craft 3 2015 at a discounted price of £6.75, the sort of price I like for such wines!
This example is perfectly palatable, should not offend any guest and would be an ideal accompaniment to salmon .
My second and final white wine selection was a 2015 Mâcon – Villages Uchizy, golden in colour with good apple and citrus flavours and essence of cream and cream soda.
This wine has balanced acidity, is both round and buttery and is truly a well-crafted wine and at £8.63 is a very good buy!
In my quest for further bargains the red counter beckoned and I looked to Spain as provenance and chanced upon a 2015 Marques De Alarcon 2015 Tempranillo – Syrah.
This is a wine to be drunk young and is priced at two for £12 and then further discounted to £4.50, if part of six bottles.
I thought this was a veritable find with black cherry and mulberry flavours to the fore and a delicately oaked blend of old- vine Tempranillo and Syrah grown on the high sunny plains of Castilla La Mancha.
This wine would complement any tapas dish and is a bargain at this offer price!
Upping my outlay to a whopping £6.75 with the offer, I happened upon a Tapa Roja 2015 Vecla, recommended to me by a fellow wine enthusiast.
This wine is delightfully aromatic with light cherry and plum fruit flavours and hints of tea, leather and lavender. It is a tad alcoholic at 14.5 volume. Grab a bottle – it should not disappoint !
I then noticed an old favourite of mine in the form of a 2013 Les Voiles de Paulilles Collioure at a discounted price of under £7.50. This is a wine characterised by ripe red fruits and complex spice notes which I believe to be a veritable potpourri to regale your taste buds.
I next elected to sample a Château Les Croisille 2013 Cahors which proved to be rich, plummy and full – bodied with yummy velvety smooth notes of warm spices and a hint of cinnamon. At an offer price of £8.75 this is a rather attractive prospect!
Post Scriptum – if you wend your way to the flourishing pubs in Nyetimber, then order the Chablis in The Lion, the Pouilly Fuissé in the Lamb and the Malbec in the Bear which, at £15, is a treat to behold along with a sublime roast beef – local fayre to be cherished! A la prochaine!