Wines of the week: Stanley Estates Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010; Domaine Les Yeuses 'les Epices' Syrah 2009; Trivento Malbec 2009
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 24 July 2011
Stanley Estates Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010
The first of three winners from the 2011 International Wine Challenge (IWC), this topped both the New Zealand and International Sauvignon Blanc categories – some achievement given the stiff local competition for a winery that is a relatively recent venture by an expat British couple. The bottle is remarkable: vibrant and refreshing on the palate, with stunning, intense flavours of lime, gooseberry, elderflower and green peppers. £10.95, herculeswines.co.uk; £12.50, ampsfinewines.co.uk
Domaine Les Yeuses 'les Epices' Syrah 2009
Though made by the Mediterranean in Languedoc-Roussillon, this has the lush fruit flavours of a northern Rhône wine, which, as the name suggests, is nicely offset with lots of typical Syrah pepper and spices, with a tinge of violets. The IWC Great Value Red Under £12 wine is the perfect accompaniment to almost any grilled meats or tomato-based pasta dishes. £8.99, majestic.co.uk (buy two for £6.99 each as part of a minimum order of six varied bottles)
Trivento Malbec 2009
Winner of the IWC Great Value Red Under £7 award, this bargain from Asda's Extra Special range is a great no-frills Malbec, easy to glug down in the garden this summer. With characteristic, powerful flavours of ripe berry and dried fruits, coupled with a smoky, tarry, lengthy finish, it would be great with barbecued lamb or chicken – and would not disgrace the dinner table. £6.48, Asda
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