The Hunts Post Wines of the Week

Wines of the Week

 

Morrisons The Best range Chilean Chardonnay and Pinot Noir 2010/11 (both reduced to £5.99 until June 10). Two very drinkable, flavoursome, lightly oaked wines (with deceptive 13.5 per cent alcohol). Citrus led, melon Chardonnay plus fresh raspberry, cherry fruited Pinot. Both went down well with Fenstanton Family Butchers roast Norfolk chicken.

 

Hardy’s VR Chardonnay, Shiraz and Rose 2011, Australia (each reduced to £4 when any 3 for £12 at Sainsbury’s until June 12). Three straightforward, consistently easy drinking, fruity Aussies. Rich, tropical, yet dry, melon and peach Chardonnay plus full bodied, smooth blackberry and plum, slightly peppery Shiraz. Then a refreshing, red berry fruited rose.

 

Whites, Reds & Rose

Co-operative Explorer’s Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2011, New Zealand (reduced to £6.99 until June 12). Richer than usual Sauvignon with citrus, gooseberry and passion fruit emerging.

 

Stork’s Landing Fernao Pires Chardonnay and Pinot Noir Shiraz 2011/10, Portugal (better than half price, £4.45 at selected Co-ops). two full bodied, fruity blends. Ripe orchard fruit balanced by crisp, refreshing citrus. Plus a smooth, lightly spicy Red with raspberry and forest fruit aromas and flavours.

 

Kumala Chenin Blanc/Chardonnay/Semillon and Pinotage Rose 2011, South Africa (both half price, £4.99 at Tesco while stocks last). Appealing, unusual white blend with rich tropical aromas and flavours, nicely balanced by good acidity, followed by a tasty rose with ripe strawberry and melon notes, but refreshing too.

 

Plantagenet Samson’s Range Sauvignon Semillon and Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon 2011/9, Australia (both reduced to £7.49 at Waitrose until June 26). Crisp, clean, grassy blend with lasting citrus, grapefruit flavours. Then a spicy, peppery, powerful (14 per cent alcohol) berry fruited Red - made for hearty meat stews.

 

Sparklers

 

Heidsieck Monopole Blue Top Brut NV Champagne (One third off to £19.99 at Sainsbury’s until June 12). Fresh and flavoursome with zesty lemon flavours and biscuity undertones.

 

Cave de Lugny Sparkling Burgundy Blanc de Blancs NV, France (reduced to £8.99 at Waitrose until June 26). Chardonnay based sparkler, rich and biscuity, gentle fizz, slightly creamy yet fresh and citrussy.