Stars of the New World
18th Aug 2010
The prices might be low but the quality is high – 10 fantastic wines all costing no more than £10.
Hard to believe, but the sun is still shining even in the school holiday season, traditionally the month of constant rain! Let us rejoice - there is still time to indulge the great British institution that is the summer barbeque. Ahh yes, sun burn, burnt food, aunty slack bottom wants to go home, screaming kids and wasps.
Still, the drinking wine part is nice. We know it’s a cliché but how could we let the season pass without a guide to summer drinking. Many members have e-mailed us in the last month asking for wine recommendations that don’t cost the earth. The community is understandably keen for supermarket wines as they are easy to get hold of and convenient to toss in with the shopping. However, as we said to one member this week:
‘Supermarket wine is kind of like
So the following selection is available from on-line merchants, not supermarkets, but just as easily available as many of the following offer free delivery. They are some of the best examples of what countries like
2009 Zonnebloem Ltd Edition Chenin Blanc,
This is one of the most thrilling Chenin Blancs ever, at a reasonable price. Oak aged but beautifully balanced, this is a soft, rich and delicious wine with ripe apple, banana and citrus fruit on the palate with a vanilla topping. Lovely texture and a long finish. The perfect partner to BBQ fish.
Another great Chenin, although in a very different style to the wine above. Ripe apple and citrus fruit give way to a lovely mineral edge and good backbone. The acidity keeps the wine nicely balanced and refreshing to drink. A more aromatic, crisp style of wine. Try it with Shellfish and salads.
2009 Moncellier Wines Pinto Gris,
If you think Pinot Grigio means flat, neutral wine, then try this beauty from
Every sane person loves New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc and we do too. This is another classic, pungent example, with ripe citrus and melon fruit and a subtle hint of passion fruit on the palate. Perfect fodder for bbq white meats, this is one of the most impressive Sauvignons that we have come across.
2005 Victoria Greek Chardonnay,
A lot of Australian Chardonnay can be overripe and almost sickly to drink but not this one. Refreshingly un-oaked, it impresses with its strong aromas of lemon and vanilla, ripe peach and apple on the palate are balanced by a good acidity. We like it with pork and apples cooked in Cider.
2007 Carmen Rose Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon,
A strong contender for the best rosé we have tried this year, and not just for summer drinking. You can enjoy this full, rich, delicious rosé all year round. It combines the raspberry and redcurrant fruit flavours of Syrah with hints of blackcurrant and cassis. This wine is perfect for drinking without food.
2008, Dona Paula Malbec,
Malbec can make stunningly intense wines – this signature example from
2008 Nostros Reserva Carmenere,
Closely related to Merlot, this is one of
2004, Carmen Merlot Cabernet Franc,
Last but by no means least, this Merlot Cabernet Franc blend strikes the perfect balance between ripe fruit and a structured palate, this wine would continue to age well if we could bear to cellar it! Notes of plum, violet, butter and caramel dominate an intense palate – very long finish. A wine for a special occasion.