Wines of the week: Santa Cecilia Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2009; Old Vines Grenache Noir 2011; Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2011
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 21 October 2012
Santa Cecilia Trebbiano d'Abruzzo DOC 2009
Cast aside any belief that Italian whites are wishy-washy with this elegantly voluptuous bottle where the Trebbiano grapes have been given structure and depth from four months of oak ageing. Flavours of peach, honey, apricot and some light spicy notes are the result. An excellent wine for, say, a salt-baked sea bass, but also full-flavoured enough for pork and chicken. £14, chixandbuck.com
Old Vines Grenache Noir 2011
Another full-on treatment of an individual grape, this time from the Côtes du Roussillon area, though here great depth of flavour comes from grapes from old vines, rather than oak, baked in the hot sun of southern France. Rich and ripe, but still retaining plenty of fresh fruit flavour and a good match for any kind of grilled meats, particularly lamb. Beware the 14.5 per cent ABV. £7.99, Marks & Spencer
Porcupine Ridge Syrah Viognier 2011
There are some good deals on South African wines at Majestic at the moment and this is one of the picks. A really robust, fulsome New World red from the Western Cape, where some of the wilder Syrah flavours are tamed by the more subtle Viognier, resulting in floral aromas and flavours of plums, blackberries and pepper. Drink with any Mediterranean foods, especially where tomatoes are involved. £6.99 (each, for two bottles as part of a minimum purchase of six mixed bottles; normally £8.74), majestic.co.uk
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