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Great taste, great price but little known

Even I – who know what to expect – am overwhelmed by the sea of yellow “shelf talkers” that announce the latest Tesco promotions. Cut to the chase with this simple list of what really does outperform its price label.

A new three weekly cycle of Tesco promotions began yesterday and here are five from the list that are a cut above their similarly priced rivals – but start with the outstanding value Australian white in the headline.

Although these discounts end on 6 October, the judgements on the wines themselves should hold good for at least three months from the time of the post.

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

Fantastically priced semillon

Denman Semillon
Denman Semillon

Although semillon is not familar to everyone, it has long been a major component of Bordeaux whites (sweet or dry) and its adopted home – the Hunter Valley in New South Wales – makes some brilliant versions too.

The fresh but structured 2013 Finest* Denman Hunter Valley Semillon (£4.99 – instead of £8.99) is a great value example bringing you rounded, textured white wine with lime edged acidity and a trace of the honey that characterises semillon when it gets a little older.

Great everyday South African red

Current vintage has modified label
Current vintage has modified label

Although we always tend to associate South African reds with pinotage, the country also makes outstanding cabernet sauvignon and – as here – can also do a decent job with shiraz.


Seek out then the smooth and medium bodied 2014 Finest* South African Shiraz (£4.99 – instead of £6.99) with its mild tannin, soft damson and mulberry fruit, spicy acidic prickle and plum stone, mocha based depth.

Best of the Rest

Here though are other wines I have commended before but which still, in my view, punch well above their price point:

  • 2014 Finest* Cotes De Gascogne (down to £4.99 from £7.99): Delightfully fresh with apple centred acidity and pear based substance too.
  • 2015 Nederburg 5600 Pinot Grigio (down to £5.29 from £7.99): Brings welcome spice and acidity to the usual light, floral, peachy PG components.
  • 2013 Chateau Fauzan Minervois (down to £6.99 from £8.99): Acidic liveliness and herbal influences to embellish the appealing plum and raspberry fruit.


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