Wines of the week: Nativa Organic Carmenère 2009; Domaine Des Grands Bois Viognier 2012; Castillo de Marqueda 2009
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 23 June 2013
Nativa Organic Carmenère 2009
The first Chilean wine to be made from certified organic grapes, this is carmenère at its purest – a well-balanced mix of a dark-chocolate underpinning, a topping of spicy fresh fruit, a great purity of flavour and a long finish. A good match for roast spring lamb. £10.25, coodencellars.co.uk; £8.25, thefinewinecompany.co.uk (minimum order 12 bottles)
Domaine Des Grands Bois Viognier 2012
Praised by wine guru Robert Parker as delivering exceptional value for money, this gorgeous Viognier from a highly regarded southern Rhône estate certainly punches above its weight. Enticingly creamy, spicy and smoky, and an ideal foil for shellfish, substantial summer salads and white-meat dishes. £9.95 (minimum order six mixed bottles), fromvineyardsdirect.com
Castillo de Marqueda 2009
From the Carinena area of Aragon, one of the oldest delimited wine-growing areas in Europe, comes a very traditional, oak-aged red blend of Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon and Garnacha. Soft and easy to drink, with lots of baked and dried-fruit flavours. £4.99 (until June 25; normally £5.99), Co-op stores
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