Cupid may well have shot his final arrow for the year , but there are always reasons for celebration and thus off I duly headed in the direction of a local Tesco store to see what I could recommend for your next tipple.
South Africa, a wine area with a burgeoning reputation, was my first port of call in the form of a 2017 Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc from the Western Cape and priced most competitively at £4.50, if you purchase two bottles thereof!
This bargain is pleasingly aromatic and, despite possibly being a tad sharp initially, has lemon and lime fruit flavours with passion fruit to boot and is full of fruit on the aftertaste.
For £7 expended, a 2017 Tesco finest Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc region of Southern France oozed pear and apple fruit flavours with a slight spritz and lemony zing and is dry and beautifully refreshing!
A wine from the Yarra Valley, located east of Melbourne, Australia, next enticed me – namely the Tesco finest Chardonnay of 2016 vintage at an offer price of £7.50, if one of two.
This refreshing, dry white wine balances stone fruit flavours with floral aromas, vanilla hints and a lengthy finish and is one I unreservedly commend to you. It drinks beautifully on its own, but would complement pasta, shellfish or hard cheese – un vrai délice!
For my final white wine choice, I selected a Tesco finest 2014 Bouchard Aîné et Fils Viré-Clessé for the princely sum of £11. 2014 was a challenging year in Burgundy.
But a stunning September rescued many wines and this particular wine proved to be elegant and decidedly creamy with apple and citrus flavours and pleasing minerality culminating in a long finish.
The partial ageing in new oak barrels adds complexity enhancing the mid- palate flavour and this most quaffable wine would pair beautifully with poultry, seafood or softer cheeses – a good example of affordable white burgundy!
In terms of red wines, I failed to resist a £6.50 Tesco finest 2015 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo from the Abruzzo hills overlooking the Adriatic Coast in la bella Italia.
This wine has a lovely purple colour with ripe plum and blackberry aromas and the black fruit in the mouth is accompanied by dark chocolate notes and a hint of spice. Eminently quaffable, this smooth wine yet again exceeded my expectations!
For a mere £8, the 2015 Trivento Private Reserve Malbec is the ideal accompaniment to a juicy steak, being silky smooth in the mouth and exuding deep forest fruits, soft tannins and ending in a pleasant finish of medium length. Dry with notes of leather and increased levels of spice as the wine breathe , this big, fruity number deserves your consideration!
Finally, breaking the bank, with a hefty outlay of 19 smackers, I availed myself of a 2012 Esprit de La Commanderie Pomerol. Pomerol is the smallest of the major fine wine regions in Bordeaux and just one seventh of the size of its neighbour Saint Émilion, being of similar size to the smallest Left Bank commune of Saint Julien.
Pomerol’s Château Pétrus is the star performer now, although virtually unheard of 30 or so years ago, and its unusually old vines have contributed to it being one of the world’s rarest and most expensive wines.
This 2012 Pomerol wine is nestled in the village of Catusseau in the heart of the Pomerol region and benefits from mature vines and is fruity, round and soft with cedary perfume on the nose and ripe Merlot overtones – one well worth a punt and a fitting end to this week’s epistle!