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A Double Treat from Tesco and Majestic

A rich Italian red and zesty but sweet edged chardonnay lead the parade in today’s Top Tips selections.

Time, gentle reader, for another search for great value Top Tips among the hyped descriptions, tempting promotions and sheer volume of choices that go to make up High Street wine aisles.

Sticking resolutely to the task, I think I have found a couple around the £6.50 to £7 mark that will offer you several glassfuls of drinking pleasure.

The first is an Italian red that uses specially dried grapes to provide textured and concentrated wine with a pleasingly varied flavour range.

Its companion white is a more traditional but multi-layered chardonnay from Romania.

I hope they both “deliver the goods” for you.

As normal, pictures and hyperlinks are provided where possible to guide you straight to the right wine on shelf or web page.

Intense and rich

Appassimento is a (largely Italian) de-hydration technique that dries harvested grapes to increase the concentration of the resulting wine.

Here 2021 Aprimondo Appassimento Sangiovese (£7 – instead of £8 until 5 September at Tesco) produces red wine with rounded tannin and acidity, bramble aromas plus prune and raisin flavours.

The richness of that flavour cocktail together with the wine’s suggestions of vanilla, herbs and figs all combine to moderate its 14.5% alcohol. 

Romania continues to impress

Alongside its splendid red wines and local grape variety whites, Romania can make enjoyable chardonnay too.

This example reinforces that point brilliantly.

With pleasing levels of texture, 2021 Incanta Chardonnay (from £6.49 at Majestic and 13%) contains sweet-edged peach, melon and cooked apple flavours supported by good tangerine acidity and an underlying zestiness.

My next post (on Thursday) contains details of promotions at major supermarkets and presents my choices for Friday Night Treats and Sunday Best options – join me then.

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2 Responses

  1. Hi Brian

    Picked up a bottle of the Sangiovese at Tesco yesterday as part of the 25% off for six promotion. £5.25 for a wine of this reliable depth and quality is ridiculous.

  2. Agreed 100% Carl. Anyone intending to do the same as you should remember, though, that the “25% off” promotion ends today (and has already done so for online purchases).

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