La Moneda Pinot Noir Reserva 2015

Been hearing lots of good things about the ‘La Moneda’ range of wines at Asda in the past few months so I thought it was about time I tried them especially as they were on special offer at £4.50.

Popped into my local store specifically looking for the highly rated and award winning ‘La Moneda Malbec’ unfortunately the Pinot Noir was the only one available at the time.

Generally Pinot Noir around this price point is a little bit hit or miss but I must say this particular bottle was more on the hit side. First of all the bottle looks good with its brushed metal like label (the Malbec and Merlot look exactly the same).

In the glass the wine is fairly translucent with aromas of fresh strawberries and cherries with a whiff of something more rural. On first sip I wasn’t entirely sold as there was a slight bitterness to the finish. There was initially, that strawberry, cherry and raspberry flavour bursting with a lovely mouth-watering acidity followed by a more farmyardy earthiness. There were some pronounced tannins but too intrusive.

Overall, I did enjoy this and it was only let down by the slight sour (bitter) finish, which did improve after a a little time in the glass but for £4.50 it’s hard to criticise too harshly.

I will be back  to Asda for the Merlot and I’m looking forward to trying the Malbec to see if it lives up to the hype.

My Rating 7/10 Corks

Asda £5.98 (on offer for £4.50)

 

 

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Chateau de Panigon Cru Bourgeois Medoc 2011

Chateau Panigon

Back to Lidl’s for my next wine, I bought this a few months ago along with a selection of other relatively cheap Bordeaux’s including the excellent Chateau Marjosse which I reviewed here.

The only trouble with Lidl’s wine is they are constantly changing their stock so when you find a nice bottle it may be worthwhile going back and buying more, sooner than later. I’ve recently been back and they had none of the Bordeaux’s I bought in the summer, shame really because the Panigon is pretty good.

I visit the store infrequently as the nearest one is around 8 miles away, what I do find though, when returning, is that the quality of their wines is always excellent and I never have trouble filling my trolley as I did a couple of weeks ago.

Right, back to this particular bottle the Chateau de Panigon 2011 which I paid £8.99 for and it happened to be money well spent ( Damn ! should have bought more I cry out). It’s a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a touch of Petit Verdot thrown in. First thing to say is that this needs decanting for a couple of hours as it was tight and tannic initially,  but after a short time exposed to air it softened beautifully.

Sticking my nose in the glass it had heady aromas of ripe dark fruits, wood shavings, menthol and smoke. Taste wise what you got was a mouthful of juicy dark ripe cherries and plums, slightly sweet and a lovely spicy, smokey long finish.

If you can find it, snap it up, for under a tenner its a pretty decent buy and credit to the buyers at Lidl’s and I for one will continue to make the trek to my nearest store as I have not been disappointed yet with any of my purchases.

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My rating 8/10 corks

Lidl £8.99

Fantastic Co-op double

Coop wines1We have a small store close by which we use for bread, milk and the odd things we forgot in our main weekly shop. I always wander down their wine section  and occasionally buy the odd bottle of wine which on the whole, so far, have all been pretty good.

I used to get some nice bargains in my local Co op on some of the better quality wines sometimes even getting them for less than half price but recently they seemed to have become a little more savvy in their pricing now only offering one or two pounds discount, still a discount is a discount.

Spotted these two wines after a little prompt on Wine writer Jamie Goode’s blog in his article about the latest Co op press tasting where he listed around 7, in his words ‘Nice affordable wines’.

Firstly the Cotes du Rhone ‘La Grange St. Martin’ 2014. This had a fairly muted nose but there was some berries and a hint of smoke. The taste is where this really shone, fresh cherries, bramble fruit, bright acidity, ash, white peppery spice and a savoury finish. Held up well on second day showing more savouriness, an altogether delicious bottle for £6.99.

Secondly the Trapiche Pure Malbec 2014, this is an unoaked Malbec hence ‘Pure’ on the label. Shared this bottle with family and friend. Very dark in colour, blackberries, blackcurrants and dark cherries on the nose. The first sip hits you like a sledgehammer, intense fruit, dry, mild dusty tannins but it’s the cherries that really come through and caused one of our tasters to cry out ‘Wow ! that’s really fruity, very nice !’ and it was, hence the bottle emptied pretty quickly. A little more expensive at £8.99 but worth every penny.

La Grange St. Martin – Cotes du Rhone 2014

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My Rating 8/10 Corks    Co op £6.99

 

Trapiche Pure Malbec 2014

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My Rating 8/10 Corks    Co op £8.99

 

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