Wines of the Week: Côtes du Rhône Domaine Pierre Usseglio 2010; Journey's End Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2006; Marques de la Sierra Blanco, Montilla-Moriles 2010
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 27 January 2013
It is January sales time among wine retailers as they clear shelves for new vintages. Here are three of the best online bargains around – but act fast, as stocks are mostly very limited…
Côtes du Rhône Domaine Pierre Usseglio 2010
An excellent Côtes du Rhône bottle from one of its best producers, made using mainly Grenache grapes grown close to the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area. Gorgeous herbal and floral aromas, a dark-purple colour and deep, luscious fruit flavours, a touch of pepper and plenty of backbone. Just the ticket to warm a winter's evening and wash down some confit-duck legs or a game casserole. £12.95 (was £16.95; sale ends mid-February), robersonwine.com
Journey's End Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch 2006
A big, smooth, Cabernet Sauvignon from a boutique winery in the highly regarded Schapenberg Terroir, cooled by coastal breeze. Lots of upfront fruit, with characteristic touches of cassis and mint on the palate and cedar and oak on the long and satisfying finish. Open well in advance. A great wine for beef – either long-braised oxtail or a rare steak. £9.99 (was £12.95; sale ends 18 February), tanners-wines.co.uk
Marques de la Sierra Blanco, Montilla-Moriles 2010
Sales offer a chance to try unusual wines at low prices, such as this Andalucian white, made using the same techniques as sherry, but without fortification. This blend of the classic sherry grape Pedro Ximénez and Chardonnay produces an intriguingly full-bodied white, fresh on the palate, with a firm, nutty, woody (but not oaky) flavour. Brilliant with almonds, goat's cheese or any fishy tapas. £4.99 (was £7.50; sale ends 1 February), cellarandkitchen.adnams.co.uk
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