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Wines of the week

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Juicy pear

Ferdinand Mayr, Grüner Veltliner, Niederöste­rreich, Austria 2019. £6.99, Aldi, alc 12.5%

Grüner Veltliner has been a stalwart of Aldi’s Classic Icons range since 2019. Now made by a different producer, this weighty example has broad, ripe flavours of stone fruit and juicy pear, plus a bit of spice. Available in store only.

Gentle oak char

Lea & Sandeman, Bordeaux, France 2016. £11.95, Lea & Sandeman, alc 13%

The L&S buyers source their bargain of an own-label Bordeaux from a small estate near Gensac in Entre-deuxmers. It’s soft and supple, with the right amount of gentle oak char to support its fruit flavours—juicy blue plums and black berries. There’s a fresh, herbal note running alongside the bright acidity and tannic bite.

Slight rusty edge

Bolney Estate, Pinot Noir, Sussex, England 2019. £17.99, Waitrose Cellar, alc 12.5% Strawberry jam, violet and raspberry fruit with black pepper and vanilla on the nose. Ripe red-berry juice, dark cherries and minty herbal notes on the palate; elegant acidity. Soft, textured tannins with a slight rusty edge from a short rest in oak during malolactic fermentati­on.

Brilliant food wine

Fitapreta, Palpite Reserva Branco, Alentejano, Portugal 2018. £26, Swig, alc 13% Floral and herbaceous nose of ripe citrus and stone fruit. Reminiscen­t of white Burgundy; razor-sharp acidity cuts through buttery richness. Savoury, with citrus, mellow Russet apple and fresh green apple. A brilliant food wine.

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