THE WINE EDIT OUR FAVOURITE BUYS
DON’T BUY A THING UNTIL YOU’VE CHECKED OUT OUR LATEST PICKS – AS SELECTED BY CHRISTELLE GUIBERT, TASTING DIRECTOR OF Decanter
KWV Grenache blanc, Western Cape, South Africa 2016 13.5%, £7.99, Co-op Produced by the leading brand in South Africa, this tastes exactly as it says on the label: glorious and gorgeous! It’s lovely and floral and fresh, with crisp apple flavours. The palate has a zippy acidity with a well-rounded mouthfeel, thanks to the 40% oak ageing. bodegas ontañón tierras del Isasa rioja, Spain 2016 12%, £11, M&S
The grapes used to be sold to larger companies until Gabriel Pérez Cuevas took the rein of the family business and started bottling his own wine. This is a modern take on Rioja, with intense peachy and pear fruits and a hint of lemon zest. Fresh and full of flavour. Waimea estate elara Albariño, Nelson, New Zealand 2016 12%, £12.99, Majestic Not a country associated with Albariño, but more and more wineries are experimenting, and with stunning results. This delight is aromatic with a jasmine scent and peachy fruit aromas. Zesty and quaffable, it’s the perfect match to seafood or on its own on a sunny afternoon. M de Minuty rosé, Côtes de provence, France 2016 13%, £12.99, Majestic
This great-value Provence rosé is from the St
Tropez Peninsula, overlooking the Mediterranean. It’s the perfect summer wine – crisp, lively and fresh, and wonderfully fruity with strawberry characters. There is enough weight to pair with a delicious salad. Andrea oberto Vantrino Dolcetto d’Alba, piedmont, Italy 2015 14.5%, £16.50, leaand sandeman.co.uk From a 16-hectare family-run-business based in La Morra comes this easydrinking, delightful Dolcetto. Its vibrant palate is packed with crunchy black fruit and spicy characters, which are balanced by firm tannins. A very enjoyable wine. Henry Fessy brouilly, beaujolais, France 2015 12.5%, £12.99, Waitrose Fessy owns 70 hectares across nine of the 10 crus in Beaujolais. From the most southerly of all comes this great expression of Gamay, displaying ample red juicy fruit aromas. This is refined and silky with gorgeous summer berry characters. A must buy from a stunning vintage.