Wines of the week: Mark Haisma Bourgogne 2009; The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2010; Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 23 October 2011
Mark Haisma Bourgogne 2009
Burgundy is the perfect autumnal wine, with its elegant, violets-and-woodsmoke aromas, and sensual, bright, cherry flavours perfect for completing foods such as pheasant or mushrooms. Here, Australian-born and trained, but settled in the land of his mother, Mark Haisma has produced a wine that exemplifies many of the qualities that make great Burgundy without the normal high prices they attract. A name to watch. £14.45, fromvineyardsdirect.com
The Ned Waihopai River Pinot Grigio 2010
Proof, if it were needed, that the Kiwis can work the same magic on Pinot Grigio as on Sauvignon Blanc, transforming the grape from blandness into vigorousness, with refreshing, clean flavours of pears, apples and an underlying hint of spiciness. There is enough body here to marry with fuller-flavoured supper dishes such as pasta with blue cheese and walnuts or pork escalopes with grain-mustard sauce. £6.99 until 9 November (usually £9.99), Waitrose ocado.com; £9.99, majestic.co.uk (as part of a minimum purchase six mixed bottles)
Late Bottled Vintage Port 2005
M&S's own label LBV comes from Taylor's, one of the great names in port who pioneered this "second wine" style of vintage port. It is close to the time when we buy our one bottle of port for Christmas, so this is a good bargain to snap up now, when it is up to 50 per cent cheaper than when sold as Taylor's LBV. A big, rich, sweet and brambly mouthful. £9.99 (until 30 October; normally £12.99), Marks & Spencer
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