Wines of the week: Jim Barry The Cover Drive 2008; Vinarius Tempranillo 2008; Henri De Lorgere Macon Villages 2010
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 25 March 2012
Jim Barry The Cover Drive 2008
This reassuringly rich and full-bodied red from South Australia derives its name from the cricket pitch in Coonawarra next to where the Cabernet Sauvignon vines were planted in 1996. Given enough time to develop in the bottle, there is tobacco and cedar on the nose, a very soft mouthfeel and flavours of black cherries and cassis with a touch of oak. Rare roast beef ought to be the order of the day. £11.95, slurp.co.uk; £11.99 (or £10.19 each when bought as case of six), drinksdirect.co.uk
Vinarius Tempranillo 2008
If you are cooking Spain's national dish to celebrate National Paella Day on Tuesday, try it with this single-estate Tempranillo – the Rioja grape – from the Castilla y Leon area. Fresh on the palate, it is packed with almost Pinot Noir-like crunchy-berry fruit flavours that give way to a surprisingly complex nature and really spicy finish. A terrific price for such an interesting wine. £6.95, fromvineyardsdirect.com
Henri De Lorgere Macon Villages 2010
It is not surprising that this budget-priced Burgundy has picked up so many awards, because in a blind tasting you might be tested to distinguish it from much more expensive whites. Appealing and highly drinkable, it offers lots of creamy apricot and yellow-melon flavours and a good long, lingering finish. Ideal with shellfish, salads and pasta with white sauces. £4.99, Aldi
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