Week­day wines

Look­ing but don’t to want try some­thing to make an dif­fer­ent ex­pen­sive or mis­take? ad­ven­tur­ous, De­canter’s tast­ings direc­tor Chris­telle Guib­ert has done the hard work for you, pick­ing out 25 ex­cit­ing and ac­ces­si­ble wines avail­able in the UK for £25 or les

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Chris­telle Guib­ert rec­om­mends 25 great-value wines on the UK shelves for un­der £25

Valentin Zus­slin, Brut Zéro, Cré­mant d’Al­sace France NV 89 £19.50 Waud Wines If bone-dry fizz is your style, then this zero dosage with no sul­phur added is one to try. The nose opens up to ripe fruits with notes of apricots and peaches. A nicely re­fined style with quite pro­nounced acid­ity, a gen­tle seam of min­er­al­ity and a tangy fin­ish. Al­co­hol 12.5% Colomé, Tor­rontés, Salta, Ar­gentina 2016 91 £12 Booths Founded in 1831, Ar­gentina’s old­est win­ery is owner of the high­est vines in the world at 3,111m above sea level. This is made from grapes grown at 1,700m, giv­ing fresh aro­mas and bright flo­ral notes mixed with cit­rus and spice. An ab­so­lute cracker – re­fresh­ing and vi­brant, which makes it ideal as an aper­i­tif or with Asian food. Alc 13.5%

Pax­ton Ti­zon, Ex­tra­mundi, Ribeiro, Spain 2015 91 £15.25 Booths Hail­ing from fash­ion­able Gali­cia, Ex­tra­mundi refers to the area’s oth­er­worldly char­ac­ter. Made by Os­car Aragón, this is a blend of Treixadura, Al­bar­iño, Godello and Loureira, with a beau­ti­ful saline mouth­feel, plus apri­cot and peach fruit. A stylish and so­phis­ti­cated wine to en­joy with food. Alc 13% Cheru­bino, Faire Field Blend, Lais­sez Pem­ber­ton, Australia 2014 West­ern 91 £18.99 Hay­wood Wines, Noel Named Young af­ter Wines, their Stricly phi­los­o­phy Wines of min­i­mal in­ter­ven­tion, this is a field blend of Pinot Gri­gio, Gewurz­traminer, Sau­vi­gnon Gris and Ries­ling. De­light­ful, with se­duc­tive, aro­matic notes of ripe apri­cot, peach and pineap­ple. Alc 13%

Fran­k­land Es­tate, Berry Bros & Rudd Aus­tralian Chardon­nay, Fran­k­land River, West­ern Australia 2016 91 £12.50 Berry Bros & Rudd Fresh, lean, crisp and el­e­gant, with am­ple clean acid­ity and per­sis­tence. Tex­tured oak is bal­anced by crisp ap­ple char­ac­ter and min­eral ten­sion. Fab­u­lous value. Alc 13%

Re­ichs­graf Von Kes­sel­statt, Goldtröpfchen Ries­ling Kabi­nett, Mosel, Ger­many 2014 91 £10.99 Co-op Flo­ral, with white fruit, this is very quaf­fa­ble; plenty of acid­ity keeps the palate re­fresh­ing and zesty. An el­e­gant style which will com­ple­ment spicy food but also sal­ads and soft cheeses. And at only 8.5%, it’s a per­fect lunchtime tip­ple. Alc 8.5%

Waterk­loof, Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Stel­len­bosch, Africa 2016 91 South £21.99 Amps Fine Wines, The Vine­yard This is Waterk­loof’s (Dork­ing), Wood­Win­ters flag­ship white, vine­yards sourced cer­ti­fied from bio­dy­namic coastal since 2015. A very re­strained and el­e­gant style with a vivid min­eral core. A se­ri­ous Sau­vi­gnon Blanc with re­fresh­ing acid­ity. Alc 13.5%

Costers del Sio, Petit Sió, Costers del Se­gre, Spain 2016 90 £12 Rober­son From Cat­alo­nia, this fresh and juicy of­fer­ing is burst­ing with white flow­ers, ex­otic fruits and cit­rus blos­som. Mostly Viog­nier, blended with Chardon­nay and a hint of Mus­cat. Made from or­ganic grapes, this is a fresh and zesty aper­i­tif tip­ple and also a good match for spicy Thai food. Alc 14%

Syming­ton Fam­ily Es­tates, Al­tano, Douro, Por­tu­gal 2016 90 £9.99 Au­riol Wines, Tan­ners, winedi­rect.co.uk, The Wine So­ci­ety Best-known for pro­duc­ing Gra­ham’s Port, the Syming­ton sta­ble also in­cludes this fresh and zingy white from lo­cal va­ri­eties grown in high-al­ti­tude vine­yards. Crisp and dry with plenty of cit­rus char­ac­ter, it’s an easy-drink­ing wine. Alc 12.5%

Viñedo Pan de Azú­car, Bouza Ries­ling, Uruguay 2015 89 £19.95 Jer­oboams A rel­a­tive new­comer, Uruguay is start­ing to make a name for it­self with red Tan­nat but also with its aro­matic whites. This is a re­strained style of Ries­ling with crisp ap­ple and lemon zest flavours. A fo­cused wine with bright acid­ity and a rich and weighty tex­ture, lead­ing to a taut, lemony fin­ish. Alc 13% Christophe Cordier, Vieilles Vignes, Mâ­con Char­nay, Bur­gundy White 2015 90 £17.50 Lea & San­de­man Part of Christophe Cordier’s small né­go­ciant range, this cu­vée is al­ways sourced from his neigh­bour’s vine­yard. An el­e­gant Mâ­con dom­i­nated by flow­ers and ripe ap­ple. The palate is ripe and con­cen­trated but re­tains good fo­cus and pre­ci­sion. Alc 13.5%

Hill-Smith Es­tate, Chardon­nay, Eden Val­ley, Australia 2015 90 £11 Waitrose Over five gen­er­a­tions, Hil­lSmith has be­come one of the most re­spected names in the Aus­tralian wine in­dus­try. This very el­e­gant Chardon­nay has sub­tle stone fruits and cit­rus. Creamy and tex­tured palate with well-judged oak and an acid­ity-driven fin­ish. Alc 13.5%

Royal Tokaji, Dry Spe­cial Re­serve, Hun­gary 2015 89 £11.99 Laith­waites Founded in 1990, this win­ery is a part­ner­ship be­tween a small group of in­vestors, in­clud­ing Hugh John­son, and lo­cal grow­ers. This del­i­cate, fresh and fruity wine is an ideal aper­i­tif. The palate is quite weighty with un­der­ly­ing acid­ity. Makes a great al­ter­na­tive to Sau­vi­gnon Blanc. Alc 13%

Su­sana Balbo, Sig­na­ture, Uco Val­ley, Ar­gentina 2016 91 £18.45 The Whisky Ex­change Made by the tal­ented Su­sana Balbo, this is ex­quis­ite, with wild straw­berry and flo­ral aro­mas. The palate shows ten­sion and com­plex­ity with fine acid­ity and pure red fruit. This is a fine and se­ri­ous rosé to ri­val Provence. Great on its own or with Mediter­raneanstyle dishes. Alc 12.5%

Tan­ners Rosé, Côtes de Gascogne, France 2016 90 £8.20 Tan­ners An ex­pres­sive sum­mer fruit blend with sweet straw­berry aro­mas dom­i­nat­ing. It’s quaf­fa­ble, fresh, dry and mor­eish. The palate is sur­pris­ingly full-bod­ied, which makes it ideal to en­joy with Mediter­ranean starters. A great standby rosé to have at the ready in the fridge. Alc 12%

Bode­gas Muriel, Tem­pranillo, Rioja, Spain 2014 90 £8.49 Co-op With a rep­u­ta­tion for cre­at­ing great-value Rioja, Muriel has a his­tory dat­ing back to 1926; though this is text­book mod­ern-style Rioja. Ex­pres­sive nose of sweet and sour cherry fruit, with a hint of vanilla. El­e­gant and re­fined palate with silky tan­nins and a good length of fruit rich­ness. Alc 13.5%

De Forville, Dol­cetto d’Alba, Pied­mont, Italy 2016 90 £11.99 Ma­jes­tic This is sim­ply de­li­cious, with bright, juicy, red cherry fruit aro­mas and spice. The up­lift­ing palate has dark cherry notes, a juicy mouth­feel and a pleas­ing fin­ish. This is friendly, easy­go­ing and adapt­able. Drink it along­side cold meats, Mediter­ranean sal­ads or a mid­week pizza. Alc 13%

Waterk­loof, Se­ri­ously Cool Cin­sault, Stel­len­bosch, South Africa 2016 90 £13.99 Boutinot An­other win­ner from this very trust­wor­thy es­tate. Made from old, dry-farmed bush vines, this medium-bod­ied wine is best served slightly chilled, when it ex­hibits sub­tle aro­mas of red cherry and rasp­berry. Com­plex and lively; a great al­ter­na­tive to Beau­jo­lais. Alc 12.5% Do­maine Caro­belle, Gigondas, Rhône, France 2016 91 £18.99 Ma­jes­tic Farmed or­gan­i­cally with grapes from old vines, this is a classic south­ern Rhône with red and black fruit characters and sweet spice. Big and bold palate with a firm struc­ture; this will pair well with fil­let steak. A great al­ter­na­tive to Châteauneuf-du-Pape and will eas­ily age for an­other five years. Alc 15%

Cave de Ro­que­brun, Les Hauts de St Martin, St-Chinian, Langue­doc, France 2015 90 £6.99 Co-op South­ern France is home to some of the best value reds and this of­fer­ing is packed with juicy black cherry fruit, spice and a leafy edge. With no in­ter­fer­ence from the oak, this is pure fruit in the glass, with a smooth fin­ish. Pair with grilled meat. Alc 12.5%

Viñalba, Re­serve Mal­bec, Patag­o­nia, Ar­gentina 2014 90 £12.49 Waitrose In terms of con­sis­tency and value, Viñalba comes very high on the list, so it’s hard to be­lieve this suc­cess­ful brand was set up by a Bordeaux fam­ily only 10 years ago. Big and spicy; com­bines punch with fresh­ness. Black cherry fruit and a hint of flo­ral el­e­gance. Per­fect with bangers and mash. Alc 14.5%

Cerro del Masso, Pog­giotondo, Chi­anti, Tus­cany 2015 89 £7.99 Waitrose Look be­yond the plonk in a straw-wrapped bot­tle and Chi­anti is among the finest wines in the world, of­fer­ing ex­cel­lent value for money. This ver­sa­tile red is a re­fresh­ing style with firm tan­nins, yet smooth and el­e­gant. Pair it with toma­to­based dishes and it is a match made in heaven. Alc 12%

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