It’s Valentine’s Day on Sunday and when you’ve got forgotten to purchase a gift don’t neglect that each one the wines retailers are nonetheless open and any of the wines beneath could be most welcome.
SuperValu’s annual Spanish Wine Truthful started final Thursday and there are some real bargains available. Final week I featured the Torres Floralis Muscat (€12) dessert wine as one of many highlights however beneath you will discover just a few extra.
SuperValu’s largest promoting pink wine area is now Spain at 30% and their wine purchaser was talking lately (over Zoom) about how shoppers are buying and selling up a little bit now that we’re all caught at residence. The Spanish sale this yr contains some new wines from much less well-known areas to encourage buyers to enterprise a little bit exterior their consolation zone. Don’t fear nonetheless there are many previous Rioja favourites within the sale too together with Faustino 1 Gran Reserva for simply €20 and Marques de Riscal Reserva for €18 and Magnums for simply €30.
Among the many visitor wines are a clutch of wines at a tenner together with a aromatic Gewurztraminer from Viñas del Vero in Somontano and a few worth reds and whites from regional Spain (see El Paular beneath). Segura Viudas Brut Reserva Cava can be diminished to €20 from €29.50 – you’ll battle to seek out higher Cava at that worth.
Additionally beneficial beneath is a Rosé Sancerre from Dunnes that’s new to me and a superb addition to their vary. Dunnes are operating a promo on fizz this weekend additionally with 25% off all Champagne and Glowing wines and a present pack of Laurent Miquel’s glorious rosé for €15 together with a wine glass.
O’Donovans have their fruity Bosca Allegro Frizzante at €10 and a wide selection of Prosecco and Champagnes at aggressive costs together with Moët Rosé (a lot better than common Moët in my e book) and Dom Pérignon if you’re feeling extravagant.
Lastly beneath is a scrumptious Pét-Nat fizz, arguably essentially the most seductive of wine kinds and essentially the most appropriate for seducing ought to this be in your thoughts this weekend. The light bubbles and creamy textures in Pét-Nat simply make you desire a second or third glass – I like to recommend shopping for two bottles. If you’re shopping for it from Beverly in L’Atitude 51 ask her about her tasting packing containers which embody wines and tapas from completely different areas – the closest we are able to get to certainly one of her glorious wine tasting evenings for the following whereas.
From certainly one of Spain’s oldest biodynamic and natural vineyards situated in Central Spain the place the dry local weather is completely suited to natural viticulture. Creamy pear and mushy apple aromas with mild vanilla and floral touches – extra pear and textured fruits on the palate and a complete discount at this worth. The El Paular Tempranillo can be beneficial for its brilliant juicy fruits.
I’ve lengthy been a fan of Martin Códax, a high-quality co-op primarily based in Salnés, the best, most northerly of the Rias Baixas subregions and this can be a little bit of a discount because it usually retails at €18 and isn’t diminished. Peach and apple fruits with a touch of ozone, rounded and full with texture and complexity and a tiny spritz of fizz so as to add to the freshness on the end.
Usually priced at round €18 this can be a form of child brother to Torres’ famed Mas La Plana Cabernet Sauvignon though this comprises a small quantity of Tempranillo. That is aged for 12 months in French Oak, 30% of which is new. Mature pink fruit aromas with touches of blackcurrant and black pepper, mushy blackberry fruits on the palate with lingering cedar and toasted flavours – excellent for wealthy pink meat dishes.
This can be a deal with together with the Salmos Priorat (additionally €20) each vying for the picks of the sale for my cash. That is from a 1770 monastery winery with Cariñena, Garnacha and Syrah and from comparable altitude to the Priorat. Barrel-aged in French Oak (40% new), with natural, pink fruit and spice aromas, elegant and layered on the palate with cocoa touches combined with berry fruits and lingering mocha notes. Advisable.
Dunnes Shops (out there in 30 shops)
The Sancerre area within the Jap Loire was higher recognized for its Pinot Noir primarily based reds and Rosé however today Pinot Noir makes up simply 20% of manufacturing. This pours a delightful pale salmon pink with floral and raspberry aromas that comply with by way of on the palate – juicy and supple with texture and good complexity. A reasonably severe rosé that additionally doesn’t skimp on pleasure.
L’Atitude 51, Bradleys, Inexperienced Man Wines, Le Caveau www.lecaveau.ie
For some cause, I don’t appear to have talked about this attractive Pét-Nat earlier than though I’ve featured the producer. This can be a Pétillant-Naturel type so the fizz comes from a main fermentation of Chenin/Sauvignon grapes within the bottle which implies the lees (lifeless yeast cells) give the wine a barely cloudy look however add to its wealthy creamy pear and citrus flavours. Seductive and scrumptious.