Weekly Wine Picks: Fruity Wine Time!
We’re about to go into September, and while the weather hasn’t cheered up this is the season where wine gets really exciting. Complex, full-bodied white wines and deliciously rich, luxurious reds are so exciting nowadays – and the quality of them young means you don’t have to twiddle your thumbs while they cellar age either.
But getting a full-bodied wine that shows great fruit isn’t as easy as you may think. Everything with wine is a gamble, unless you’ve tried it before, and even then you need to be careful about storage and vintage influence.
Don’t worry. I’ve sourced two truly brilliant, fruit-forward wines that are both available widely in the UK from the supermarket Waitrose. Both at around £10, these are wines to treat yourself to without breaking the bank.
Cave de Buxy Montagny Premier Cru Les Corères 2013
I had a drink of this yesterday with some cous-cous stuffed grilled peppers. Melon and grapefruit on the nose with a strong oak influence, it’s a full and complex Chardonnay. The melon carries through on the palette alongside apricot and zesty notes. Very refreshing but also creamy and ideal with food.
It’s an ideal treat with chicken, grilled veg, or even a lamb roast if you fancy white wine over red. After all it’s still quite muggy about. For only £11.24 (until 15 September) it’s a good price for an oaked-white wine of this quality. Well integrated but would cellar for a couple of years, too.
Aemilia Shiraz Vranec Petit Verdot 2013
From Macedonia, this is a strange blend that works against the usual blackberry-forward fruit of Shiraz. Instead the element of Petit Verdot adds a wild card character. Blueberry becomes the flavour at the forefront of the wine. Bright purple, it looks young, but the fruity elements mean this is exactly the state it’s best drunk in.
You can buy this wine in the UK for under a tenner, which shows that little known wine countries are producing excellent quality that surpasses most of its competition. Enjoy on its own.
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