Wine & Food

    Wines of the week: three top picks for under £12

    2 August 2019

    2018 Waitrose Sauvignon Blanc, Villa Maria, 12.5%vol, (£7.99 down from £10.99 until 13th August; Waitrose)

    Villa Maria is New Zealand’s most awarded winery and with reason: its wines – from entry level to icon – are first rate. And this little gem from Marlborough, made in cahoots with Waitrose’s own buyers, is no exception. Fresh, vibrant and tropical it’s crammed with gooseberry fruit and is bang on as a summer aperitif.

    2014 Von Kesseltstatt Riesling Kabinett, 9%vol, (£12.00; Co-op)

    Also ideal for summer this, a delectably well-made Riesling from a fine producer in the Mosel. With whiffs of crisp green apples and typical petrol on the nose, the palate is full of said apples plus pears, lemons ‘n’ limes and stone fruit. It’s exhilaratingly fresh and starts sweetish in the mouth but finishes off-dry. At just 9% vol, it’s just so disarming and, I’m told, makes a scrumptious slush puppy.

    2018 Casa Felipe Carménère, 13%vol, (£7.95; Corney & Barrow)

    If you’re looking for something cheap ‘n’ cheerful for the barbecue, then look no further. From Luis Felipe Edwards’s vineyards in Chile’s Central Valley and made expressly for C&B, it’s full of plummy, spicy, ripe fruit with a long, juicy, slightly savoury finish. It’s cracking value and although I’m no fan of barbecues (I’ve a cooker in the kitchen, thanks) I’m a huge fan of this.