Wine Of The Week: The Florita Clare Valley Riesling, Jim Barry 2007/8; Caves Saint-Pierre Côtes-du-Rhône 2009; Domaine Mandeville Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 15 May 2011
The Florita Clare Valley Riesling, Jim Barry 2007/8
New-world Riesling is massively under-appreciated in Britain, so used are we to the more floral version of the grape from Germany. This is a very different and serious bit of wine-making from Australia, where the grape takes on an utterly different character with complex citrus, banana and melon flavours dominating the lighter floral ones. Very dry and crisp but lacking the "petrol" aromas often found in Riesling, it would be fantastic with poached salmon. £22.95 (2007), £21.15 (2008), slurp.co.uk; £23 (2007), thewinesociety.com
Caves Saint-Pierre Côtes-du-Rhône 2009
Côtes-du-Rhône has become a go-to label for many supermarket shoppers, but those anxious to quickly grab a bottle with a familiar name are often let down by indifferent, mass-produced wine. But this typical blend of Grenache, Carignan, Syrah and Mourvèdre stands out from the crowd for its straightforward, punchy red-fruit flavours, with a nice, spicy undertow and a surprisingly lingering finish. A great match for Mediterranean foods. £7.29, Tesco; £6.99, Sainsbury's
Domaine Mandeville Sauvignon Blanc 2010
Just right for the picnic coolbox is this plastic-bottled, screw-topped white from the South of France, all bright, refreshing gooseberry and lemon flavours with a clean finish. You wouldn't put it on the dinner table, but then you don't take your fine china to the beach. There's a rather decent Shiraz in the range too. £4.99 (until 31 May; normally £6.99), M&S
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