Valle de Aconcagua, Chile
From the bottle
'Cool fermented and lightly oaked. Aromas of fresh strawberries and cherries complemented by a touch of violets and damp earth. Light bodied and crisp with soft tannins and a pleasing well rounded finish. Serve with grilled salmon or tuna or cold avocado soup'
Price Available from Asda (£10.45) or Majestic £11.99 (£7.99 when two bottles brought in same offer)
Well I don't know about you, but I do find it rather helpful when there is a serving suggestion on a label. Not only does it help me understand the wine a little more, if it's a particular goodun, it might even shake up what I throw into my food basket (depending on whether it sounds like too much effort after a 10 hour day at work)
'Grilled salmon' I read. Mmmm yeah yummy and healthy, not much work involved, great idea I think. 'Tuna' Ohh nice, makes a change to beef steak and I haven't had it in a while.
'Cold avocado soup' Erm, come again?
Now I'm no food prude. I love a good gazpacho, on a hot summers day and a ripe avocado that spreads like butter is blissful on toast will marmite (don't knock it till you've tried it). But cold avocado soup? Come on mate, let's not be silly. You are basically suggesting I eat a meal just consisting of Guacamole. I am a grown woman. I need more sustenance than that.
Food pairings aside, when opened up this wine has aromas of cherry jam with a slight smokiness and indeed a hint of damp earth. The palate matches the aroma profile with slight acidity following through. Light bodied with just noticeable tannins. A perfectly good example of warm climate Pinot, but it just didn't knock my socks off. Maybe I should have drunk it with the avocado soup after all...
Rating - Wouldn't turn down a free glass
D.O Valle Del Maule - Chile
From the bottle
This noble wine is made from Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Heavy rains were experience during the late harvest of the grapes, bringing as a consequence a higher level of sugar than normal in these. The result is a wine with complex taste of honey, together with a special feeling of mature fruit.. Perfect appetizer and accompanies all sweets and desserts. Serve at 10c
Price £5.99 (Available from Budgens)
On the nose this wine gives off aromas of tropical fruits, peach and even a hint of candied orange peel., and as expected with a late harvest the smell of honey makes a welcome appearance.
Dessert wines are usually known for being very sweet and having a sticky mouth-feel, however this wine is actually quite light. This alongside the fact that it was slightly more citrus than the aroma would lead you to believe, made it surprisingly fresh. This was drunk with honeycomb and clotted cream ice-cream, however after tasting, this wine would actually be best suited to pair with something like a fruit tart... A good choice for those who don't like their dessert wine too rich or overtly sweet.
Although we are aware that you technically get less your your money, It is usual for dessert wines to be in half bottles and more expensive due to the harder process to produce a bottle.
With a taste rating of 7 and cost rating of 9 the overall rating is 7.5 buy the bottle.