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Get the best from that 25% off deal

Sainsbury's "25% off when you buy any six wines" deal may have less than 48 hours to run but here are four bottles that drop to almost give away prices for everyone taking up the offer.

Sainsbury’s current promotions (shown next to the wines below) run though to 11 August but outside Scotland there is an extra 25% off even the discounted prices if you buy six or more bottles (mixed any way) today or tomorrow. Here then are a few high spots from those promotions

Although all these price reductions are time limited, my judgements on the wines themselves should hold good for at least three months from the date of the post.

Click on any of the bottles shown for an enlarged image to help you pinpoint the wine on a crowded shelf.

Kiwi Sauvignon with a difference

 Savoury herbal touches
Savoury herbal touches

While most mid priced Marlborough sauvignon tempers its “full on” acidity with hints of textured sweetness, this one does so with savouriness.

There are distinctive grassy, mint and herbal influences in 2014 Taste the Difference Coolwater Bay Sauvignon Blanc (£7 – instead of £8) with its zingy grapefruit and kumquat fruit but contrasting asparagus background.

Intense “big boy” Shiraz

Look particularly for the 2013 vintage
Look particularly for the 2013 vintage

If you like your shiraz full, rich and intense this is for you – courtesy in part of the unhurried and gentle basket pressing techniques used.

2013 Bellingham Bernard Series Syrah (£10.50 – instead of £12) has textured blackberry and mulberry fruit, hints of white pepper and chocolate, shrewdly judged tannin levels and a shimmer of acidity.

Purists look away now

Gentle with strawberry touches
Gentle with strawberry touches

Wine geeks may be horrified but for undemanding, fun fizz with plenty to offset its 14 grams of residual sugar, this is ideal “garden wine”.

Light and gentle, 2014 Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Sparkling Pinot Rosé (£7 – instead of £10) has attractive, dry and spicy strawberry fruit that fully counterbalances its slightly confected candy floss components and “up and over” effervescence.


….. and as I was saying last time ….

I gave you the heads up last week on 2011 Vinedos Barrihuelo Rioja Crianza (£5.50 – instead of £8) but Rioja fans – and many others – will welcome my repeating the message.

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