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MAJESTIC WINES SELECTION 2018

SUMMARY
Top selection of really well priced whites in the £5 to £10 section. Also some really great value quality wines from Spain and Italy coming to the fore. On the downside Germany seems to be missing. Wines from Majestic are particularly good value when bought as part of their Mix Six offer, all the following wines are listed offer price (also watch out for variations in price as there are frequent new offers).

A few of the Definition range is listed here, but they're all pretty much spot on stylistically and well priced to boot. There's also a new Majestic Loves range, all at £5.99, some really well made good value wines.The search tool on the Majestic website is not what it was so you might need a bit of perseverance or see them in the shop to find some of these wines. Also worth checking out the sister companies in Naked Wines and Lay and Wheeler.


KEY
The reds are written up in this colour
The whites in this colour
Pink in this colour
The fizz in this colour
Sweets and forts in this colour


Up to £10

Paul Jaboulet Aine, Viognier £8.99 rating 90
Almond blossom, peach and pear, perfectly balanced, real value wine
Nord Est Vermentino, Sardinia
£8.99 rating 91
Open tropical fruit nose, peach, mango and pear, bursting with fruit, amazing
Pinot Grigio Nottambulo £5.99 rating 89
Really pleasing wine, citrus, pear and apple, white pepper and blossom
Surani Fiano, Pietraicca £8.99 rating 89
Gooseberry and greengage, fresh and stalky (in a good way), top stuff
Macon Villages Domaine Des Marechaudes 2015 £8.99 rating 88
Lemon peel nose, light and easy, zesty citrus palate, solid Macon
Devil's Creek Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc £7.49 rating 90
Nicely restrained Kiwi Sauvignon, good elderflower notes and some tropicality
Krasno Sauvignon Blanc Ribolla
(Slo) £7.99 rating 89
Lovely white blossom nose, understated fruit, chalky mineral finish
Vinhas do Silvado Branco (Por) £5.99 rating 87
Simple, primary wine, straightforward but very pleasing, refreshing and grassy
Morande One to One Gewertztraminer £7.99 rating 88
Lovely aromatic nose, floral blossom, lychee, melon and jasmine
Morande M Chardonnay Casablanca Valley £6.99 /88
Lovely open green apple chardonnay nose, citrus, pear and pineapple -palate, solid
Villa Maria Private Bin Riesling Marlborough £9.49 rating 89
Superb steely mineral riesling, lovely floral notes, really well made
Porcupine Ridge Chenin Blanc £7.99 rating 89
Vibrant fruity nose, peach and nectarine, pineapple palate, refreshing
Majestic Loves Chardonnay £5.99 rating 89
Good warm climate chardonnay, tropical fruit and citrus dominate
Planalto White Reserva (Por) £6.99 / 89 (offer price)

Great looking bottle, classy little wine, orange peel, white blossom, bargain
Alamos Uco Valley Viognier (Arg) £8.99 rating 89
Lovely light fresh wine, zippy acidity, lime peel, hint of pear and melon
Tasca Regaleali Bianco di Sicilia £8.99 /89
Good green fresh hedgerow aroma, apple, peach and grapefruit palate
Villemarin Picpoul de Pinet (FRA) £7.99 /90
Good depth, nice minerality, hint of citrus, lovely wine
Araldica Gavi 2016  £8.99 rating 89
Green fruit and blossom, hint of peach, lovely wine

Rey Noble Organic Garnacha £8.99 rating 89
Generous ripe black fruit, really good BBQ wine, hint of wood smoke
El Brindis, Monstant 2015 £9.99 rating 90
Powerful stuff, wood smoke, bold fruit, structure and heat
Morgon Chateau de Pizay £9.99 rating 91
Really classy Beaujolais, raspberry and savoury notes, well structured mouth-watering
La Baume Grande Olivette Malbec
(Fra) £6.99 rating 88
Primary black fruit, straight forward wine, but very solid, party red
Petite Perdigal Rouge £6.79 rating 88
Vibrant plum, firm tannins, lovely bitter chocolate finish
Majestic Loves Merlot £5.99 rating 88
Good BBQ bargain, forward and easy drinking merlot, full on fruit easy tannin
Majestic Loves Shiraz £5.99 rating 89
Big black fruit nose, full on black pepper and spice, good structure
Definition Cotes du Rhone £8.99 rating 89
Vibrant forward fruity nose, intense bramble, hint of violet
Domaine Les Yeuses Les Epices Syrah Pays d'Oc £8.99 rating 89
BBQ stunner, robust, spice and black pepper, big fruit palate
The Guv'nor (Spa) £6.99 rating 89
Satisfying wine, full on generous black fruit and a good touch of oak
Papa Luna Calatayud £8.99 rating 90
Classy looking bottle, powerful yet graceful, black cherry
Porta 6 Lisboa £7.99 rating 89
Light and soft, plum and damson, good for a BBQ
Porta 6 Reserva £9.99 rating 90
Good deep black fruit palate, nice use of oak, tight tannins
Nero Oro Appassimento (Ita) £7.99 rating 90
Astonishing wine at the price, concentrated, soft ripe black fruit, rich and dark
Surani Costarossa 2015 Primitivo di Manduria (Ita) £9.99 /91
Good deep oaky nose, vanilla and coconut, rich, rewarding wine, generous
Bosman Adama Red Fairtrade (SA) £9.99 /91
Deep inky wine, bramble and spice, classy, tar and tobacco, very good indeed
Dolcetto d'Alba De Forville £9.99 /88
Ripe black cherry, soft spice, pepper and tar, lovely light, fresh
Definition Zinfandel, Lodi (USA) £8.99 rating 89
Full ripe Zin, muscular, bold ripe concentrated black fruit, lovely spicy finish
Barista Pinotage, Western Cape
(SA) £8.49 rating 90
Open fruit nose, hint of tobacco, floral palate, lovely interesting wine
Trebuchet Red 2014 £7.99 rating 89
Bold open fruity nose, soft tannins, straight forward but lots of wine at the price
Mister Shiraz 2016(Chil) £6.99 rating 89
Eucalyptus nose, beautiful complex black fruit and development, lovely menthol back note
Primitivo Natale Verga (ITA) £6.99 /90
Lovely spiced fruit compote, very well made, very drinkable

Zingo Malbec Rosť £7.99 rating 90
A darker pink, a little earthy, peppered strawberry and raspberry
Porta 6 Rosť £7.99 rating 89
Beautiful red-currant scented wine, light and fresh, very easy drinking
Majestic Loves Rosť £5.99 rating 88
Proper pink looking pink, forward cherry and strawberry palate, rosť that tastes of something
The Ned Rosť (NZ)
£9.99 rating 89
Straightforward rose, good hintof rqaspberry, very drinkable

Majestic Loves Fizz £6.99 rating 88
Proper simple light Italian fizz (sicily), peach and orange blossom
Rivamonte Prosecco Frizzante £6.49 rating 88
Screw-cap, light fizz, easy drinking party wine, well made
Prosecco La Gioiosa et Amarosa (ITA) £8.99 /89
Open peach blossom, dry and peachy, good value fizz



£10 to £15
Santa Rita Medalla Real Chardonnay 2016 £10.79 rating 90
Green apple and oak, lovely body and balance, poised wine

Domaine du Vaux Chenonceaux £12.99 rating 92
Ripe, deep and complex, pear and apple nose, mango and pineapple palate, class
Montagny 1er Cru Les Millieres Cave des Vignerons de Buxy
£11.99 rating 90
Lovely nose, green apple and grass, depth and quality, lemon zest, sophisticated wine
Chablis Elodie Dupres 2016 (Fra) £14.99 /91
Lovely wine, austere mineral backbone, some green apple and citrus

Arc de Pedra, Priorat £12.99 rating 91
Beautiful spice on the nose, some minerality, good forward fruit, well balanced
Les Hauts Vignes Cairanne, Rhone £11.99 rating 92
Spiced plum compote, intense and rewarding, pepper and damson
Martinborough Vineyard Te Tera (NZ) £14.99 /90
Lovely full on fruit, bold black pepper, hot finish
Parcel Series Central Otago Pinot Noir (NZ) £13.49 /89
Inky bramble nose, soft ripe red fruit, summer pudding, light tannin
Edna Valley Pinot Noir California
£13.99 rating 92
Classy looking, interesting nose, redcurrant and leather, big but balanced for a pinot

Chateau de Berne Rosť Cotes de Provence £13.99 /90
Square bottle, beautiful light elegant rose, classy

Chateau La Sauvageonne Rosť (FRA) £14.99 /89
Lovely looking bottle, glass stopper, good fruit a cut above

Fonseca Bin 27 NV Port £12.99 /92
Lovely rich Port, integrated alcohol, big fruit, as it should be at a great price



Over £15

Rioja Lanzaga Compania de Vinos Telmo Rodriguez 2011 £21.99 rating 93
Properly classy Rioja, developing well, pricey but worth every penny
Kangarilla Road Geology Series Shiraz, McLaren Vale £15.99 rating 91
Big, complex, full on Aussie shiraz, smoke, spice and big fruit

Chateauneuf du Pape Prestige de Princes £18.99 rating 90
Bold juicy fruit, development potential, big tannins, powerful stuff
De Forville Barbaresco 2014 £15.99 rating 90
Lovely earhty nose, oak and clay, deep complex fruit, food wine

Decoy Zinfandel, Sonoma County £22.00
Bright forward black fruit nose, firm tannins, oak and blueberry palate
Parcel Series English Fizz £22.48 rating 92
Too frivolous a name for such a good wine, fresh baked bread and green apple
Augusta Brut Devaux NV (Fra) £20.99 rating 91
Lovely autolysis, fresh bread and yeast, crisp green apple, finesse
Drappier Premier Cru Brut NV £23.49 rating 90
Lovely yeasty autolytic nose, open green apple, high acidity, classy
J de Telmont Grande Reserve NV (Fra) £17.99 rating 90
Lovely apple nose, hint of peach, lots of class for the price