McWilliam’s Mount Very pleasant

Mount Pleasant semillon

I’ve been singing the praises of Aldi wines in my last post but this time it’s a big round of applause for Tesco with this superb tasting 10-year-old Aussie Semillon currently selling at an unbelievable £5.99.

My only regret is that I didn’t try this earlier because unfortunately this wine will be unavailable soon, so I’ve been scouring the Tesco shelves buying up what I can at this brilliant price because ‘when it’s gone it’s gone’.

The wine in question is the McWilliams Mount Pleasant Elizabeth Semillon 2005 from the Hunter Valley, Australia.

Lovely deep golden colour, a little greenish with pronounced aromas of apples, limes and tangerines with a petrol oilyness not too dissimilar to Riesling.

On first taste it’s a little spritzy, dry, very fresh and acidic considering its age. A mouthful of apples and limes along with that wonderful waxy, oily aftertaste. Complex flavours that change as the wine warms up, buttered toast and nutty but still retaining the sharp citrus fruits.

Ten years old now but still fresh and probably still has a few more years left yet to mature. Cleared my local Tesco of what was on the shelf and now currently looking around to find more.

So if you see any in the Hertfordshire area, hands off, leave me a comment telling me where and I happily take it off their hands.

Seriously though, if you’re a fan of Semillon and you find a bottle treat yourself you won’t be disappointed.

8.5corks

 

My Rating 8.5/10 Corks

Tesco Currently £5.99 (until 6/10/2015)

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Aldi hits the spot, again !

Aldi Cabernet Sauvignon

Starting to get a bit of a buzz when walking around Aldi at the moment, especially when I turn down the wine aisle. Ok, it may not be the most tidiest of supermarkets but there is something comforting about seeing those wine bottles still in their boxes, arranged in no particular order with an almost warehouse look about it.

Compared to the manicured wine aisles in most other supermarkets with their suspect half price offers on mass-produced plonk, Aldi is a breath of fresh air and judging by the conversations I’ve had with Aldi customers (mostly in the wine section) there is an enthusiasm for buying wine I’ve not seen in other supermarkets.

Customers don’t just buy a bottle or two, most of them are loading boxes into their trolleys, maybe just maybe it’s due to the fact that most of their wines especially the ones I’ve tasted so far have been pretty damn good !

This latest bottle I opened to accompany a roast lamb dinner continues the trend of not having a wine from Aldi I’ve disliked yet. It’s a beautiful dark purple in the glass with aromas of black currants, forest pine, menthol, herbs and on first sip it just feels comforting, a mouthful of black currants again mixed with a little mocha and dry but not too overpowering tannins along with a mix of eucalyptus, herbs and wood.

Left to breathe for a while everything softened and as the label says it was exquisite and for just over £6 better than most Cabernets at a similar price and better than a lot at double the price.

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My Rating 8/10 Corks

Aldi £6.49

 

 

Portuguese Beauty

porta 6

Porta 6 Vinho Tinto Portugal

Hauke Vagt
Hauke Vagt paintings of Alfama district in Lisbon

First tasted this in the Majestic store in Calais a few months back, it was on the tasting counter and one of their featured wines. I was initially drawn by the bright cartoon like label which was painted by Portuguese artist Hauke Vagt.

This wine was also featured on the food show Saturday Kitchen when Wine expert Susie Barrie MW picked it out as a perfect match for a lamb dish and prompted James Martin to announce that it is one of the nicest reds he has tasted in ten years of doing the show and that he had just bought three cases of it online.

I must admit when I initially tasted this in Calais I thought it was pretty decent but for some unknown reason I didn’t buy any which in hindsight was a mistake as everyone I know who has tasted it since have really enjoyed it.

The Porta 6 is  a blend of Tinta Roriz (aka Tempranillo), Castelao and Touriga Nacional, in the glass it’s a dark crimson colour and smells of dark forest fruits and Vanilla. When you first sip this there is an explosion of sweet juicy jammy fruits along with that creamy vanilla and a little spice. Not very tannic although there is a soft gripiness about it but soft dark cherries, red currant and raspberries are what really stand out.

A lot of people will and do like this wine and I can understand why but if I had to make a small criticism it would be that it’s perhaps a touch too sweet for me. Nevertheless this is, for the price a brilliant wine and one I would highly recommend.

8.5corks

 

My Rating 8.5/10 corks

Majestic 7.49 on Multi Buy

 

The Baron and another noble wine

BdL Camino del Monte Rioja

Spain 13.5%

From the heart of Rioja next to the banks of the river Ebro, the ‘Monastery of Imas’ Baron de Ley’s headquarters is home to some brilliant wines including this made especially for British Supermarkets.

For me, the Baron can do no wrong and this bottle the ‘Camino Del Monte 2001‘ is no exception, from its brightly coloured label to what’s actually inside everything just works.

Imagine sitting in an old church in a sleepy Spanish town surrounded by aromas of incense, candle wax and wooden benches with flamenco music playing outside, well, this is exactly what this wine conjures up.

Darkish garnet in colour with a rusty tinge around the edge. The first mouthful tastes of red cherries, plums and strawberries, spicy and a little smokey. Mildish tannins and a generous hit of Vanilla / oak with a very long finish.

Bottle looks typically Spanish, smells Spanish and tastes Spanish. A classic Rioja all round with age and won’t break the Banco coming in at a full price of around £12 but often on offer for less.

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My rating 8/10 Corks

Morrisons around £12 (look for offers)