Tescos have a large range of wines on offer this Christmas. Most within budget. Along with all the usual classics like Sancerre and Chateauneuf Du Pape, I came across a few at their recent tasting that are definitely worth a mention especially if you are not sure on what to go for this festive season or want something a little different.
Picture it.. Christmas Day, 2 o clock, full house, kids running around, dinner almost ready, presents everywhere.. What’s the first thing you would like to be handed .. Bubbly!
Tescos finest* Prosecco from Veneto Italy. Made from 100% Glera grapes 11.5% alcohol €17.99. One of the nicest Proseccos I have had in a while. Fresh floral notes on the nose followed by beautiful refreshing pear on the palate. Suitable for vegetarians.
Or you can be that bit more extravagant and go for tescos finest* vintage Champagne made from 100% Chardonnay grapes. 12.5% alcohol, priced at €32. Vintage Champagnes are only produced in great years using the best quality grapes. This Champagne is dry and full bodied with minerality, complexity and elegance. Suitable for vegetarians.
Both work perfectly as aperitifs and a great accompaniment to hors d’œuvre
Tescos finest* Albariño
Bodega Martin Codax 12.5% alcohol, priced at €12:99 made with 100% Albariño grapes. Crisp, clean, with plenty of peach and apricot fruit. Suitable for vegetarians. Perfect for light starter courses.
Swingbridge Margaret River Chardonnay. 14% alcohol, priced at €10. Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes. Displaying stone fruit, hazelnuts and citrus notes on the palate with a creamy mouthfeel and crisp finish. This wine could easily carry the White wine drinker through Christmas dinner.
From Australia we got good ol’ Jacobs Creek. This is a first release of their Sangiovese. 14.2% in alcohol and priced at €11.99. Medium bodied with lifted red cherry notes, savoury towards the end with some smokiness. Great food wine.
From Spain, Maximo Limitada 100% Tempranillo priced at €10 and 13.5% alcohol. Alluring, deep, full of rich red berries wrapped up in vanilla and caramel notes with a long finish.
DaDa Fincas Las Moras from Mendoza in Argentina. Made from Malbec and Bonarda grapes. 12.9% in alcohol and priced at €12 medium bodied off dry style tonnes of vanilla and red fruits.
Terrunyo Carmenere from Chile. 14% alcohol priced at €19.99. This is more of a serious wine with great structure. Masculine, with dark fruits, earthiness and coffee. Long finish.
Spier Vintage selection Cabernet Sauvignon from South Africa. Priced at €13 with 13.5% alcohol. This is a lovely wine showing lots of red and black fruit, oak influence and dark chocolate. Chewy tannins and great structure. Big food wine.
A couple of interesting wines that stuck with me after the tasting:
Palais Des Ancien Gaillac Perle White
From Cave de Labastide. Made from Loin de l’oeil, Mauzac and Sauvignon Blanc. 12% in alcohol and costs €9. Its got gooseberry, green apple and citrus flavours with an almost salty crisp clean finish. What’s more it’s got spritz! Definitely a palate cleanser either way!:)
For the chocolate lover in all of us, I present you with Dark Horse Chardonnay and Dark Horse Cabernet Sauvignon from E & J Gallo. Yes good ol’ Gallo. These are big bold American wines, less about sophistication and more about flavour.
I’ve never tasted a Chardonnay quite like this. Completing malolactic fermentation and lees ageing for 6 months this wine is smooth with a creamy mouthfeel full of toffee apples, brown sugar, caramel, nutmeg and butterscotch. It’s like deconstructed white chocolate in a wine bottle.
Their Cabernet Sauvignon equally as unctuous is full of black cherries, mocha, vanilla and slight coffee notes. If you have ever been trying to convert that one friend to wine.. These American offerings might be worth a go. If not .. Christmas cocktails coming soon;)