Wines of the week: Altitude By Duorum 2011; Domaine Astruc Pinot Noir Reserve 2012; Peter Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 16 February 2014
Altitude By Duorum 2011
A big, modern Portuguese red, made from the traditional port grape mix of Touriga Franca and others, well balanced between expressive red and black fruits, hints of cassis and a firm structure, ending in a long finish. A braised rabbit or a chicken-and-chorizo casserole would be ideal. £12.99, laithwaites.co.uk
Domaine Astruc Pinot Noir Reserve 2012
Not all French Pinot Noir is Burgundian and not all Languedoc reds are boisterously spicy blends. The result of Domaine Astruc's cooler microclimate, this has Pinot's intrinsic silky elegance but also a distinctly Mediterranean richness and depth. Lovely with any tomato-based pasta or a mushroom risotto. £8.80, addisonwines.com
Peter Yealands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Top-quality new wine from a highly respected producer, made in a terrific year from different parcels of grapes in the Awatare Valley. The result is classic Sauvignon Blanc: bone-dry, crisply refreshing but topped with flavours of guava, grapefruit and hints of green herbs. £7.49 (until 4 March; normally £9.99), Sainsbury's
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