Wine faves

This is my growing list of select favourite wines:

White wines

Black Cottage Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
Cost: £10.99
Lovely crisp, fruity white wine. Can only be described as having the personality of some of my favourite red wines – packing some punch!

Split Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2011
Grape: Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
Cost: £9.99 (Laithwaites)
Easy-drinking, notes of gooseberry and citrus. Crisp, fresh, fruity and smooth.

 

Red wines

Porta 6 2012 Lisboa
Grape: Castelão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
Origin: Alenquer and Cadaval mountain regions, north of Lisbon, Portugal
Cost: £9.99
Full-bodied with smells and tastes of forest fruit flavours and touches of spice. Goes down far too easily! 🙂

Churchill Estates 2008/2009 Douro
Grape: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca
Origin: Portugal
Cost: £11.49 (Special offer £9.99)
Smooth, fruity, full-bodied, velvety red.

Red Heads Rack 1 Shiraz Cabernet 2008
Grape: Shiraz
Origin: McLaren Vale, Australia
Cost: £9.99 (Laithwaites)
Immense, dark, fruity flavour with an interesting layer of toasty vanilla complexity. A big, ripe wine with lovely structure.

Wolf Blass Red Label Shiraz Cabernet 2008
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz
Origin: South Eastern Australia
Cost: £7.49 (Special offer £5.99)
A sumptuous, juicy red delivering plenty of ripe plum and red berry fruit flavours on both nose and palate, lifted by a subtle hint of spice and soft tannins on the finish.

Trio Reserva 2009
Grape: Cabernet Franc, Shiraz
Origin: Chile (D.O. Maipo Valley)
Cost: £8.99
A three grape blend that has distinct tastes of blackcurrant, plum and cherry. The Cabernet Franc adds something a bit different to add to the silkiness.

Montgras Reserva 2011
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon – Syrah
Origin: Chile (Colchagua Valley)
Cost: £8.99 (Waitrose special £6.74)
Medium-full bodied, deep red wine with rich berry flavours and subtle cocoa and spice aromas.

 

Sparkling

Codorníu Reina Maria Cristina Blanc de Noirs 2010
Grape: Pinot Noir (Austria)
Cost: £14.99 (Special offer £9.99)
A lovely Cava that beats many higher priced champagnes hands down. Rich, creamy, full flavour, not too fizzy with dense bubbles.