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This week’s top tips and current promotions

Two great value Antipodean tipples - both around the £6 mark.

Read on for two great value Antipodean wines, both around the £6 mark, plus my picks from promotions at the Co-op, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s. You’ll also find a potential tip off about the next Lidl Wine Tour.

2018 Winemakers Selection Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon (£5.99 at Lidl)

South Australia’s Coonawarra region has an ideal climate for Cabernet Sauvignon and, thanks to its world-famous terra rossa soil, perfect geological conditions too.

Sense the joys of that particular combination here. The blackcurrant and red cherry flavours are supported by good acidity, a long (chocolate and baking spice-influenced) finish and firm tannin that softens with time.

2020 New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (£6 at Tesco)

The average list prices for supermarket “premium” New Zealand Sauvignon (“Finest” etc) now top £8 so why not try this version from the next level down.

Aromatic with good citrus acidity, it delivers Sauvignon’s important characteristics, intermingling them here with attractive pear and grapefruit flavours and a rounded peach texture.

Current promotions

At Sainsbury’s

The latest promotion, mentioned in last week’s post, is now underway at Sainsbury’s and will run until 8 December. Below are some of the bottles I think are worth a look but do check online or instore for others included in the offer and any restrictions on where to buy them.

At Morrisons

A new promotion starts at Morrisons on Wednesday. Below is a selection of wines included, for the full range see online or instore before the discounts finish at the end of December.

  • The Best Grenache Blanc (Down to £6)
  • Zarper Sauvignon Blanc Gran Reserva (Drops to £6)
  • Campo Viejo Rioja Reserva (Down to £6)
  • The Best Uco Valley Malbec (Drops from £12 to £8)
  • The Best Douro Red (Down from £8 to £6)
  • The Best English Sparkling Brut Vintage (Drops £9 to £16)
  • Blandys Rich Madeira (Down from £12 to £9.50)

At Co-op

Also starting on Wednesday is a new promotion at the Co-op. The bottles below all represent good value but do check your local store as prices and availability can differ. The offers are expected to last until 8 December.

  • Weather Man Sauvignon Blanc (Down to £5.50)
  • Yealands Sauvignon Blanc (Drops to £7.50)
  • Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec (Down from £8.25 to £6.25)
  • Muriel Tempranillo Rioja (Drop to £6.50)
  • Ramon Bilbao El Viaje Rose (Down £1 to £7)

At Lidl

I am told that a new Wine Tour starts at Lidl on Thursday. If so, I will include details in future Top Tips and in my Christmas recommendations.

Drop by again on Thursday when we begin the round-up of recommended drinks for Christmas with a look at fortified and dessert wines for the festive season.

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