Wines of the Week: Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011; Gran Valle de Niebla Riesling 2011; Arc Du Rhône Côtes du Rhône Villages
Terry Kirby selects the best bottles to buy
Sunday 17 February 2013
Wine Relief is the initiative among wine retailers under which a percentage of sales of certain bottles is donated to Comic Relief up until Red Nose Day on 15 March.
More than £4m has been raised this way since 1999. A full list can be found at rednoseday.com/winerelief, but here is this column's selection…
Villiera Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2011
£11.49, Marks & Spencer
A beguiling Stellenbosch Chenin Blanc that initially deceives with soft aromas of honey, apricots and apples but explodes on to the palate with a full- bodied, complex intensity that is bone-dry, with an underlying spiciness and a mouthwatering acidity. White meats such as pork escalope or a light chicken casserole are excellent here, but its real match is robust, garlicky, spicy fish dishes.
Gran Valle de Niebla Riesling 2011
From the relatively unknown area of Bio Bio, the southernmost Chilean wine-making region with a climate not unlike New Zealand, this is a stunning example of the increasing versatility of the country's wine-making. Refined and aromatic on the nose, but with that characteristic "petrol" quality and a steely intense core, it is brilliantly refreshing. Drink with simple grilled white fish, scallops or goat's cheese.
Arc Du Rhône Côtes du Rhône Villages
Reliable Côtes du Rhône from a producer that also does an excellent and more pricey Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this is a does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Grenache-dominated blend. Soft, supple, uncomplicated, full of blueberry, plum and other black-fruit flavours, it is ideal to wash down a bowl of pasta with ragu or a pizza.
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