Graham Greene alludes to Brighton Rock and thus I spent much of Bank Holiday Weekend in Brighton (although hibernation was my Sunday resolution) observing the madding crowds and delighting in listening to Sam and Ren, pictured near right, busking to a packed street audience.
I find myself in somewhat unchartered territory this week as I set off in hot pursuit of wines priced at two bottles for £10, comprising several possible combinations at Morrison’s, Bognor Regis, conveniently adjacent to the town centre.
Ten green bottles is the song, but I – somewhat unusually – was able to find three white wine bottles encasing Chardonnay.
A McGuigan (synonymous with quality) Black Label Chardonnay was my initial selection, a wine of south-eastern Australian provenance from the Murray Valley. Lively, light and luscious, this citrussy melon-lime Chardonnay with a hint of creaminess is most palatable and a lot of flavour for your dosh!
Next, a Californian Turner Road Reserve 2017 Chardonnay caught my eye and exuded pineapple, apple and lemon flavours with some sweet vanilla oak almost conjuring up California in a glass!
My final white wine selection was that of a 2017 Rosemount Estate Diamond Chardonnay, a wine of crisp acidity allied to lemon, melon, white peach and guava flavours and fairly typical of its south-eastern Australian area!
Two McGuigan reds and one Argentinian Malbec complete my sampling this week. I must, first of all, explain the success of McGuigan wines – a combination of skilful winemaking by Neil McGuigan and the continental climate resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights.
This particular climate is a veritable strength with long sunshine hours ensuring that the fruit ripens fully and relatively low humidity reducing incidence of disease.
The 2017 McGuigan Black Label Malbec has rich flavours of spiced fruit added to layers of chocolate and does not remotely disappoint!
Similarly, the McGuigan Black Label Shira, also of 2017 vintage, is delectably well-rounded with rich flavours of ripe plum, blackcurrant and spices and is eminently quaffable with a good finish – classic Aussie Shiraz!
My final selection, another Malbec but this time from Argentina, was a 2017 Trivento Alzar Malbec which proved to be slightly sweet and fruity with peppery notes and balanced fruit and tannins and a good pairing with roast beef! So this weekend avail yourself of some of these low prices at a Morrison’s store near you!