Wines of the week: Terrunyo Block 27 2009 Carmenère; Cune Blanco 2011; Monterrato Rosso 2011
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 22 September 2013
Terrunyo Block 27 2009 Carmenère
From the Concha y Toro stable, drawn from selected single vineyards, with special soils and microclimates in Chile's Maipo Valley. Powerful upfront flavours of raspberries and underlying ones of chocolate and tobacco, this will mellow wonderfully with bottle ageing. Or drink now, with lighter game dishes or steak. £18.95, winedirect.co.uk; £19.95, slurp.co.uk
Cune Blanco 2011
A few months of fermentation in oak barrels gives a creamy, toasty complexity to the Viura grapes in this white Rioja, delivering a wine that is both rich and satisfying, but also retains a vivacity on the palate before a long finish. Suitable for any kind of grilled white fish or a chicken escalope. £9.90, tanners-wines.co.uk; £9.99, Waitrose, ocado.com
Monterrato Rosso 2011
A great-value everyday red here, from Piedmont in north-west Italy, made from Barbera and Merlot grapes. A versatile pizza'n'pasta wine, it is soft, fresh and juicy, with plenty of autumnal plum and blackberry flavours and more depth of flavour that might normally be expected for the price. £5.49 (until 29 September, normally £6.49), Marks & Spencer
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