Heaven in a glass: topping the class at the International Wine Awards
Two major international wine awards – namely the International Wine Challenge (IWC) and the International Wine and Spirits Competition (IWSC) – found these two samples worthy winners...
Asda Extra Special Selection Pinot Noir 2016, New Zealand (£8.50, Asda): A plush, perfumed Pinot and another finalist at the IWC, what's not to love about this strawberry scented, softly delicious red with raspberry, cherry and strawberry flavours? It has a silky elegance and can be served chilled – pop in the fridge before serving.
Tesco Finest Premier Cru Champagne NV, France
This IWC Great Value Champion Sparkling Gold medal winner is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. It's bright, fresh and toasty with layers of pristine citrus fruits, complex yeasty notes, a lovely creamy mousse and long, succulent finish. It is intense and creamy, with more than a hint of tarte-tatin and marzipan. It's not the cheapest supermarket option, but you get a touch of class for your money.
WINE OF THE WEEK
Casillero Del Diablo Merlot (£7.50 Sainsbury's):
Chilean wine at its best from Casillero del Diablo – one of the best value brands in the world. This is a smooth, medium-bodied Merlot that perfectly combines plum and red berry flavours with smoky, cedar wood aromas.
Ideal to match with pasta, risotto and lightly spiced red meat dishes. I'm a big fan of rich, deep reds and this brand never fails to impress.