Week­day wines

Look­ing to try some­thing dif­fer­ent or ad­ven­tur­ous, but don’t want to make an ex­pen­sive mis­take? De­can­ter’s as­so­ciate editor Tina Gel­lie has done the hard work for you, pick­ing out 25 ex­cit­ing and ac­ces­si­ble wines avail­able in the UK for £25 or less

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Tina Gel­lie rec­om­mends 25 great-value wines you can find on the UK shelves for un­der £25

Si­mon­net-Fe­b­vre, Cré­mant de Bour­gogne Brut, Bur­gundy, France NV 91 £15.99 Hay­wood Wines, In­ver­ar­ity One to One, The Drink Shop This win­ery has made cré­mants since the 1840s. Its Pinot Noir and Chardon­nay blend shows toasty or­chard fruit aro­mas that con­tinue on a creamy palate with yeasty com­plex­ity and a pineap­ple fin­ish. Al­co­hol 12% An­gel Se­queiros, Quinta Gav­iñeira Al­bar­iño, Rías Baixas, Spain 2014 91 £15.25 Mas­ter of Malt, Top Se­lec­tion An­gel Se­queiros bought this es­tate in 1960. To­day its cen­tury-old Al­bar­iño vine­yards are man­aged by his son Cle­ment. Zesty and mouth­fill­ing with great aro­matic lift and palate weight, packed with musky peach, cashew tones and a saline, min­eral tang. Alc 13% Clos Ro­cailleux, Far from the Eye, Gail­lac, South­west France 2016 91 £18 Red Squir­rel Len de l’El is a grape that’s lo­cal to Gail­lac, but it was al­most wiped out by phyl­lox­era. It’s usu­ally made as a sweet wine (and of­ten blended with Mauzac), but this is a de­li­ciously dry va­ri­etal ver­sion with for­ward ap­p­ley fresh­ness. Lim­ited stock. Alc 12% Banfi, Rosa Re­gale, Bra­chetto d’Aqui, Pied­mont, Italy 2017 91 £16.99 Ann et Vin, Flag­ship Wines, Just in Cases, Weavers, Winedi­rect This sweet, frothy rasp­berry nec­tar is a guilty plea­sure! Plush straw­berry, grena­dine and flo­ral notes are kept in line by fruit tan­nins and fresh acid­ity. A quirky fizz, per­fect along­side birth­day cake, or with blue cheese or choco­late. Alc 7% Bioweingut Di­wald, Gross­rieden­thaler Löss, Wa­gram, Aus­tria 2017 91 £17 Red Squir­rel A pi­o­neer­ing win­ery in Wa­gram – or­ganic since the 1980s – now run by Martin Di­wald. Un­oaked to let the Grüner Velt­liner fruit (from clay Löss soil) shine, the rich ap­ple and pear flavours show real vi­tal­ity and bright­ness, lifted by a tickle of gin­ger and white pep­per. Alc 12% Crit­ten­den Es­tate, Penin­sula Chardon­nay, Morn­ing­ton Penin­sula, Vic­to­ria, Aus­tralia 2016 91 £18.80-£22 Berry Bros & Rudd, Field & Fawcett, Noble Green Rollo Crit­ten­den is mak­ing great strides at this es­tate, founded in 1982 by his pi­o­neer­ing fa­ther Gary. A beau­ti­ful cool-cli­mate Chardon­nay: taut, tangy and savoury with green ap­ple fruit and bak­ing spices. Alc 13%

Parés Balta, Cal­cari Xarel-lo, Penedès, Spain 2016 91 £15 Top Se­lec­tion A crack­ing bio­dy­namic Xarel-lo (one of the three tra­di­tional Cava grapes) that would flum­mox most in a blind tast­ing. Long lees age­ing has given great creami­ness to the broad pear fruit, kept vi­brant by cit­rus acid­ity. Beau­ti­ful fo­cus and orig­i­nal­ity. Alc 12.5% Hay Shed Hill, Chardon­nay, Mar­garet River, Western Aus­tralia 2016 90 £18.99 Hand­ford, Oz Wines This prop­erty was once a farm for re­turned WWI sol­diers, the hay shed of its name dat­ing from then. Made from free-run juice, this was aged for 11 months, giv­ing a re­strained yet vi­brant palate of melon and or­chard fruit with a leafy edge. Alc 13% Reh Ken­der­mann, Ter­roir Series Ries­ling Vom Löss Trocken, Pfalz, Ger­many 2017 88 £8 Mor­risons A mod­ern ex­pres­sion of dry Ger­man Ries­ling, show­ing fresh kiwi fruit, wet stone and soft trop­i­cal notes. It’s not overly com­plex, but the aro­matic fruit is bal­anced by bright acid­ity and it of­fers fine value for money, with good va­ri­etal char­ac­ter. Alc 12.5% Pi­etradolce, Etna Rosato, Si­cily, Italy 2017 90 £16.50 Ar­mit Wines, Baglio Wines A se­ri­ous rosé from a sin­gle vine­yard of old bush vines on the north­ern slopes of Mt Etna. Wild herbs, bit­ter or­ange and pep­pery io­dine notes com­bine with high acid­ity on a rich, tex­tured palate, with struc­ture and spice from three months’ oak age­ing. Alc 13.5% Astro­labe, Wrekin Vine­yard Chenin Blanc, Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand 2016 90 £18.40 Ar­mit, Hic Si­mon and Jane Waghorn’s com­plex, partly bar­relfer­mented Chenin Blanc shows that it’s not just South Africa that can im­press with this Loire va­ri­ety. Rich, creamy, leesy notes join honeyed ap­ple crum­ble flavours and a squeeze of le­mon acid­ity. Alc 14% Rimapere, Sin­gle Vine­yard Sau­vi­gnon Blanc, Marl­bor­ough, New Zealand 2017 89 £17 Cheers Rimapere is Maori for ‘five ar­rows’, the Roth­schild fam­ily em­blem, as the win­ery is a joint ven­ture be­tween Baron Ben­jamin de Roth­schild and Terry Pe­abody, owner of Craggy Range. In­tense pas­sion fruit and goose­berry notes, with zingy acid­ity. Alc 13% Cantina Or­sogna, Lu­naria Ramoro Pinot Gri­gio, Terre di Chi­eti, Abruzzo, Italy 2017 90 £15 Red Squir­rel Pinot Gri­gio, but not as you know it! Skin con­tact (as with or­ange wines) has given the cop­per-pink hue plus tex­ture and bags of flavour: peaches, red­cur­rants and aro­matic flo­ral notes with an Aperol-like, herbal cit­rus hint. Alc 13.5% Can­tine To­maso Giano­lio, Neb­bi­olo d’Alba, Pied­mont, Italy 2016 92 £20 Top Se­lec­tion Sheer drink­a­bil­ity here from this fam­ily pro­ducer. Tart red cherry fruit, lifted flo­ral and dried herb notes are sup­ported by bright acid­ity and el­e­gant tan­nins from 12 months’ age­ing in large Slavo­nian oak bar­rels, which gives this wine the struc­ture to age too. Alc 13.5%

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