Three supermarket wines

TaleofthreewinesThis is a quick tale of three wines in which two of them prove, if you look hard enough amongst the supermarket shelves, there are bargains to be had.

The three supermarkets which have the starring roles in this tale are as they say ‘in no particular order’ Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Aldi.

Starting with the Tesco McWilliams Hayfield Pinot Noir 2013 (£5.49). Looks like it’s currently unavailable online but there was still plenty on the shelves when I bought this. Produced by McWilliams, imported and bottled in the UK. The first thing that struck me about this when poured was how incredibly translucent it was. There was the typical Pinot aromas of Cherries and a touch of mushroom but the taste kind of let it down, lacking in fruit and a little thin in texture with noticeable tannins and a slight acidic aftertaste. Not too bad, nothing to get excited about but it is only £5 a bottle.

Next is the Marques De Almeida Ribera del Duero 2010 (£8) Now this is a different beast altogether from Northern Spain and part of the Sainbury’s’ Taste the difference’ range, a beautifully rich dark purple Ribera del Duero with heady aromas of blackberries, plums, cherries and vanilla. From the first sip it’s typically Spanish, rich, succulent, full of ripe dark berries, tannic and oaky. Well worth the £8.

Finally there is the Vignobles Rousselllet Malbec (£4.39) from Aldi. A French Malbec (with a touch of Merlot) bursting with juicy blackberries and blueberries, hint of spice and a little gamey. This is a uncompletcated easy drinking Malbec that is a Decanter Bronze medal winner and an International Wine Challenge winner in 2014. This is a real cracking wine and cheap as chips, stock up !

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McWilliams Hayfield Pinot noir  (Tesco- £5.49)

My Rating 6/10 corks

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Marques de Almeida RdD (Sainsbury’s £8)

My Rating 8/10 Corks

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Vignobles Roussellet Malbec (Aldi £4.49)

My Rating 8/10 Corks

Best value for money was the fabulously easy drinking Aldi Malbec, followed by the intensely rich Ribera Del Duero from Sainsbury’s and lastly the disappointing but still drinkable Tesco Pinot Noir.

Momo Vendimia Seleccionada, Ribera del Duero 2009

Momo RdD(337 x 599)Spain 13.5%

Back to the Wine Society for my next wine, from Ribera Del Duero the other big wine region in Spain and from the second wine of Bodegas Bohorquez comes this pretty decent Tempranillo or Tinta del País as it is also know in this part of Spain.

Although a relatively plain and understated label on the bottle which looks a lot like a do it yourself printing job , the wine is anything but plain.

Firstly let me say that I think this needs a little air before drinking and suggest leaving it for a least an hour or so to really open up. When poured the wine was a rich garnet colour and had quite intense aromas of dark plums, cherries, mocha and cinnamon. On first sip this had really bright mouth-watering acidity, full of rich ripe cherries and plums followed by a sweetish prune like flavour. Oak was there but not a noticeable as other more powerful Ribera’s and the tannins were milder.

This is a lighter style Ribera in every way, very acidic, slightly tart, slightly sweet but packed full of freshness and extremely fruity in style. A pleasant drink and I enjoyed it  a lot, considering wines from this part of Spain tend to be pretty pricey, this then comes in at around £10 and I would say pretty good value.

8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Wine Society £9.95

Legaris Roble Ribera Del Duero 2012

legaris2Spain 13.5%

Again, back to my beloved Spain for the next wine, this time it’s the Legaris Roble 2012 from the Ribera Del Duero region, home to the iconic Vega Sicilia. Doesn’t actually say on the bottle but I assume it’s made from 100% Tinto Fino otherwise known as Tempranillo.

This is a traditional old world style wine, pretty dark coloured with deep purple and violet tones. Strong aromas of dark ripe redcurrants, a little strawberry, hint of smokey Vanilla and what smelt like church incense and candle wax.

Opened this for a couple of hours before serving but took a sneaky sip straight after opening as you do and it would have been fine to drink straight away. Initially you get a big mouthful of dark red fruits along with a touch of spice, a little vanillary oak from the 3 months spent in American barrels but subtle and not overpowering. Toasty with noticeable tannins, rich, brooding, quite dry and very Spanish in flavour.

I enjoyed this (as did all the family) with a brilliant roasted leg of lamb lunch but I would quite happily drink this on its own and allow myself to be transported to a sleepy Spanish bar, church bells ringing with faint echoes of Flamenco music in the air.

Lovely stuff !

8corksMy Rating 8/10 Corks

Wine Rack £9.99

Tesco Finest Ribera del Duero Reserva 2009

Riberadelduerores(450 x 600)Spain 14%

A recent addition to The Tesco Finest range this Ribera del Duero Tempranillo from northern Spain is not for the fainthearted, bold, full of vanillary oak and I liked it !

Straight out of the bottle aromas of blackberries and dark plums hit you and that initial taste of rich rustic fruit and in your face oak set the taste buds tingling.

Maybe a little bold for some to start with, I decided to decant this for a couple of hours in which time it had settled into a much smoother and palatable drink although it still retained the hefty kick of oak. Left for a while it did seem to mute some of it’s initial aromas but this didn’t detract from what is a lovely tasting drink that would have some longevity.

Finally, for me, this needed food and the Roast lamb with Rosemary and Garlic that I had with it paired beautifully. If you like Big bold, oaky wines full of Spanish charm, this would be perfect.

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My Rating 8/10 Corks            Tesco Currently 25% off at £7.49