Wine & Food

    Wines of the week: try white rioja

    26 July 2019

    2018 The Society’s White Rioja, 12.5%vol, (£8.50; Wine Society)

    A perfect summer wine this and corking good value to boot. Made by Bodega Classica in Rioja Alta overseen by the Wine Society’s head buyer, Pierre Mansour, it’s a blend of Viura (mainly) and Malvasia (a touch) and commendably approachable. Although fresh and easy-going, gentle oak-ageing of part of the blend has added texture and colour and the result is a wine of quite some style.

    2015 Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon, 14%vol, (£8.99 down from £12.99 until 13th August; Waitrose)


    The entry level wines of Viña Errazuriz are famously fine and this, from the next level up, is a cracker. A Cab Sauv (with splashes of Cab Franc and Petit Verdot) from the Aconcagua Valley, it’s juicily cassis-laden, fresh, spicy and beautifully textured with a long, sophisticated finish. A claret of similar quality would be twice the RRP.

    2019 Tio Pepe Fino En Rama Sherry, 15%vol, (£15.95; Lea & Sandeman)

    If you like bone-dry sherry of real class, you will love this. The tenth anniversary of Tio Pepe’s first En Rama Fino, namely a sherry that’s bottled unfiltered in the spring and designed to be drunk young and fresh, it’s gloriously elegant and sophisticated. Salty, savoury and thrillingly zesty, it’s sherry ‘in the raw’ and would kick-start even the most jaded of palates. It’s stunning!