Pagham on Parade is always a great event and this year culminating in a set by the pulsating glam rockers Ballroom Blitz to the delight of the not inconsiderable crowd.
As for wine, my port of call this week is Aldi in Chichester and, in recognition of the temperatures cooling somewhat, I will concentrate on more red wines than white for the first time this hitherto heady summer.
I was initially intrigued by a Winking Owl Crisp White for a miserly outlay of just £3.49, a light wine of only 10.5 per cent alcohol volume which is pleasingly inoffensive and has a tropical fruit flavour and would be a good party wine.
My second white wine selection was that of a 2017 Gavi Del Commune Di Gavi priced at £6.99 oozing ripe peach and fresh citrus flavours without the slightest hint of sharpness – a good price for a Gavi Di Gavi and one evoking Tuscan pastoral bliss!
In terms of red wines, I was delighted to procure a 2016 Wakefield 80 Acres Shiraz Viognier of South Australian provenance for just £5.69.
This wine, priding itself on being carbon neutral, takes its name from the fact that historically rural land in South Australia was sold to settlers in 80 acre blocks and the Wakefield 80 Acres was launched by the Taylor family in 2007.
Syrah and Viognier wines come from a most unlikely partnership of a red and white wine grape with this blend first appearing in the Northern Rhône region of France (Côte Rôtie par exemple) and subsequently spreading to the New World.
The wine has 92 per cent Syrah and just eight per cent Viognier lifting the perfume and enlivening the colour of the vin. This medium-bodied wine is juicy in texture with an intense aroma of lifted spice and dark blood plum flavours with hints of vanilla and cherries dipped in dark chocolate and would pair ideally with pizza, a barbecued steak or even a curry – one definitely to snap up!
For just £5.79 expended, the 2016 South Australian Shiraz from Aldi’s Exquisite Collection (generally an indication of quality) is a blend of Shiraz with 12 per cent Cabernet and exudes super-ripe red and black fruits and has a rich, full-on style and is jammy in character with a touch of sweet spice – well worth a try, à mon avis!
Another Exquisite Collection number, namely the 2016 Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon priced at £5.99, from the valleys of Central Chile proved to be deep in colour and full of red fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla.
My final red selection was a 2017 Domaine Ferrandière Pays D’Oc Merlot also priced at £5.99 – a medium-bodied wine with abundant dark fruit flavours, good balance and relatively soft and supple and undoubtedly good value without being over complex.