Episode 8 – 20th May 2020
I have been fortunate to taste a huge number of bottles from Virgin Wines this week and so I have two whites, a rosé and three reds for you to enjoy. Three are under a tenner and three are over a tenner, so get stuck in!
2019 Anello, Chiaretto, Monferrato, Piemonte, Italy £9.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
This is a fabulous rosé with a juicy palate and a red cherry and raspberry theme. Pale and elegant in the glass there is a great whoosh of flavour on the nose and palate and I cannot recommend it enough for summer garden entertaining. It is superbly balanced with enough tart acidity to leave the palate wanting more.
2018 Pizo, Syrah, Cariñena, Spain £9.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
Pizo Syrah is the deepest and spiciest of the brilliant Pizo family of wines and I love the leather, earth and tobacco notes found in the centre of this deeply plummy wine. Decant it for maximum effect because this wine needs to stretch its legs before you devour it.
2019 Dragon Hills, Syrah, Romania £9.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
Unlike any other Syrah you will have tasted, this lip-smacking Romanian wine manages to capture silkiness and red fruit notes which make it lighter and more expressive than you could ever imagine. There is a cherry cola nuance here which makes it unique and also delicious and it is a perfect wine to drink with spicy south-east Asian and Indian dishes.
2019 Strout Road Vintners, White Blend, McLaren Vale, South Australia £10.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
This is an inspirational and delicious white blend of Chardonnay and other secret grapes, and I love the rich palate and creamy, floral tones. It is layered with flavour and incredibly impressive – drink it with smart fish dishes, of course, and pay special attention to the terrific and very clever label design, too!
2019 Beneficio, Cellar Reserve Shiraz, South Australia £12.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
A superb incarnation of the mighty South Aussie Shiraz model with coffee and mocha notes overlaying a dark, plummy core. Balanced and deep this wine will age well, but it sure looks good already despite its youth! Don’t hold back because this wine looks terrific.
2019 L’Emigré, Graves Blanc, Bordeaux, France £14.99 www.virginwines.co.uk
Interestingly, the label is modern and striking but the recipe is as old as time. This is a contemporary dry, white Bordeaux, made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. The lime zest and white flower notes, coupled with the slightly richer palate than you would get on a run-of-the-mill Sauvignon Blanc, make this a compelling find and one suited to main course fish dishes.