This week’s recommendations come from Tesco where there’s a very useful 25% off when you buy 6 bottles. Always a good time to buy to pop a few in the cellar/larder/garage for later. These wines suit sunny weather, though are just delicious and necessary when it’s not so favourable, and one in particular should definitely make its way into your trolley for English Wine Week from 27th May 2017.
Tesco Finest Soave Superiore DOCG 2014
The perfect spring into summer wine, this is dry and crisp with just a little more body than you might expect which comes from the bit of extended ageing it has to undergo as a ‘superiore’ Soave. Stricter vine growing regulations mean that the wine isn’t just a DOC but carries the hallowed G standing for guaranteed quality. The wine is as appealing as the area is beautiful, as elegant (even, ahem, suave) and charming as the Italians who produce it. You’ll find orange blossom and almond notes when you smell it and peachy, honeyed flavours with a lingering zingy salty finish on the taste.
Food match: Fried fish, lemon and fennel pork balls or slow roast pork, creamy pasta dishes.
Nederburg 56 Hundred Pinot Noir 2015
Pinot Noir is not the easiest grape in the world. Like a toddler, it can be endearing and unquestionably lovely and lovable or it can mean and horrid because it wasn’t treated quite right. This Pinot Noir shows the grape’s lighter, more playful side. Easy, cherry fruit and summer pudding character, soft and fruity with a lively spicy edge – another great value wine from South Africa.
Food match: Tomato salad, marinated bbq pork, summer pudding.
Chapel Down Brut Non Vintage
Tesco £19 (down from £22 until 5/6/17)
Please celebrate English Wine Week 27th May – 4th June (or anything else for that matter) with this top example of English fizz. Based in Kent, Chapel Down has been producing still and sparkling wines for 40 odd years and winning a good number of medals along the way. The grapes are those grown in Champagne and the method used to make the wine sparkling is also the same. The red apple and freshly baked bread aromas make you think of apple pie; the taste is quite layered with quince and herby notes along with a barely-ripe raspberry touch at the end.
Food match: Obviously great as an aperitif with canapés, light fish dishes and a tart, rather than sweet, apple pie.