Wine & Food

    Wines of the week: try a red from the foothills of the Andes

    27 September 2019

    2016 Cantosán Verdejo Viñas Viejas, 12.5%vol, (£9.85 down from £12.65 until 1st Nov; Private Cellar)

    From family-owned Bodegas Grupo Yllera in Rueda, north west Spain, a crisp and refreshing 100 per cent Verdejo. Although light and zesty with the faintest of faint spritzes, it also has fine concentration of fruit so typical of old vines and its apple/melon/lime flavours really come to the fore with the second glass. Even more so with the third…

    2016 Clos de los Siete, 14%vol, (£12.99 down from £15.99 until 8th Oct; Waitrose)

    Managed by legendary wine consultant Michel Rolland and co-owned by four stellar Bordeaux producers, Clos de los Siete is an extraordinary joint project set in the foothills of the Andes in Mendoza. This is it’s 15th vintage and it’s better than ever, a lip-smackingly fine blend of Malbec (mainly), Merlot, Cab Sauv, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cab Franc. I love it.

    Hattingley Valley Classic Reserve, 12%vol, (£29; Ocado)

    Buckets of this exceptional English fizz were sunk at the Spectator’s end of summer party the other day and it went down an absolute storm. I’ve long been a fan of Hattingley’s wines (do try the 2013 Blanc de Blancs if you can) and this is a corker. A classic blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier with a dribble of Pinot Gris, it’s dry but rich, creamy, toasty and extremely moreish.