Tuesday, 23 June 2015
Summer Savings: 3 Bargain White Wines
So it's pretty safe to say summer is officially here. No seriously, we've had blue sky and everything! Nothing beats a nice cold white on a hot day. But what's this, you've bought your Glasto ticket, you've paid for your weeks holiday abroad and now there's no money left for good wine?!
Well that's not strictly true. Granted, you might not be able to afford that saucy little 2002 Chassagne Montrachet that's been eyeing you up in the local wine merchants for the last couple of weeks, but there's some lovely whites to be had for less than £7!
Torres Vina Sol 2014, Catalunya (currently £4.99 at Majestic, usually £7.99)
The Torres family are one of the oldest wine producing families in Spain. Made from the indigenous Parrelada grape, this is a pale lemon coloured wine that has bags of citrus fruit on the nose with a slightly floral edge. Flavours of lemon, peach and honeysuckle, racy acidity and a bit of a honeyed edge, this is a cracking summer drop.
Currently on offer at Majestic for £4.99
Jacques Depagneux Chardonnay 2013, Vin de France (£6.50 at The Wine Society)
Quite often people can be put off by non DOC wines. Well, quite simply, don't be. Just because something doesn't have a pedigree, doesn't mean it's bad. With parcels of grapes sourced from Languedoc and Beaujolais, this wine has an impressive weight whilst maintaining an elegant finesse.
A bone dry, unoaked Chardonnay with lashing of stone fruit, honey and citrus all coming together with a soft texture and a touch of butter.
£6.50 a bottle from The Wine Society.
The Venturer Series Vermentino, Sicily (£4.79 at Aldi)
Aldi are officially one of the big players in the wine market now and, to be perfectly honest, it's no wonder when they're selling wine of this quality for this price tag!
This pale lemon-green Vermentino is a fantastic example not only of the quality of their range but also of the grape variety. Floral on the nose with rose petal and subtle nuttiness, this goes fantastically with a light pasta dish, a nutty salad or a vast array of nibbles.
£4.79 from Aldi.