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SAINSBURY'S 2018/19 TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY


SUMMARY
Really good Taste The Difference range - if in doubt plump for one of these. Also really good in the £7 to £9 price bracket across the board and top value fizz. Some prices may be temporary offer prices and are subject to change.


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


Up to £5
Alvorado Vinho Verde £5.00 /89
Green, fresh, hedgerow, hint of sweetness brings out the perfume



£5 to £10
Taste The Difference Bordeaux Rosé £7.50 rating 89
Hint of rose petal on nose, good body, fruity and fresh
Taste the Difference Cotes de Provence Rosé £9.50 rating 89
Lovely loloking light pink, nice bottlle, zippy and fresh, redcurrant and raspberry
Winemakers Selection Les Jardiniers Cotes du Rhone Rosé £6.50 rating 89
Very pale and subtle rosé, light floral notes, rose petal and raspberry sharpness
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Rosé (SA) £7.50 rating 90
Good light raspberry, hint of redcurrant, fresh and light, solid rosé

Blason Macon Villages (Fra) £10.00 rating 90
Open white blossom nose, good minerality on palate, very good
Taste the Difference Touraine Sauvignon Blanc (Fra) £8.00 rating 85
Elderflower stalk nose, good fruit on palate, peach and grapefruit
Taste the Difference Coolwater Bay Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc (NZ) £8.00 rating 89
Top stuff at the prices, classic Marlborough style, big and expressive
Taste the Difference Albarino (Por) £8.50 rating 88
Ripe elegant wine, white blossom and white stone fruit,hint of minerality
Taste the Difference German Pinot Blanc £7.50 rating 90
Melon and fruit salad nose, good body, fresh fruit palate, lovely refreshing
Comuna Pinot Grigio (Arg) £7.00 rating 89
At last! An interesting pinot grigio, lovely ripe fruit, touch tropical
Taste the Difference Godello (Spa) £9.00 rating 89
Fresh and floral, lime pith, white stone fruit
Taste the Gavi (Ita) £8.50 rating 90
Fresh green apple and grass, lovely orchard nose, mineral palate, great value
Taste the Difference Gruner Veltliner 2017 £8.00
Everyone’s doing a Gruner at the moment and why not? White peach aromatics, touch of white pepper
Taste the Difference Languedoc Blanc (Fra) £7.50 rating 90
Grassy minerality, good mouth - feel, love it, nice acidity
Taste the Difference Austrian Riesling 2017 £8.50
Classy looking, pear & apple nose, delightful aromatics, little hit of apricot on palate, dry, pleasing
Plaimont Cotes de Gascoigne 2017 £7.50
Aromatic, elderflower and hedgerow nose, gooseberry palate, if you like Kiwi Sauvignon this is for you
Taste the Difference Petit Chablis 2017 £10.00
Flinty mineral to the fore supported by citrus and apple and racy acidity

Taste the Difference Macon Villages 2017 £9.50
Lots of wine for the money, blossom aromatics, good body and weight, great value
Taste the Difference Cotes du Rhone White 2017 £7.00
Reassuringly grapey, lime zest and white pepper spice, amazing value (I’d buy this)
Bruce Jack Sauvignon Blanc 2018 £7.00
Expressive sauvignon, elderflower and grapefruit, one for Kiwi lovers, great price
Taste the Difference Fairtrade South African Azana White Blend 2017 £9.00
Nice looking wax seal, oaky nose, vanilla and coconut, tropical fruit notes, passionfruit
Taste the Difference Casablanca Chilean Sauvignon Blanc 2018 £7.00
Ripe grapefruit and a touch of asparagus on the nose, big and expressive sauvignon, great price
Oyster Bay Pinot Gris 2017 £9.50
Peach and apricot nose, lovely peppery spice and full body, great wine at the price
Taste the Difference Verdicchio Classico (ITA) £7.00rating 89
Tropical fruit, melon and peach, full on refreshing acidity, great price
Elegant Frog Viognier (FRA) £0 ra8.0ting 88
Apples and freshly cut grass, soft oaky notes, good value

Taste the Difference Alsace Gewrtztraminer £9.00 rating 89
Really pleasing wine,open perfumed nose, tropical flowers and fruit, off dry
Taste the Difference Limoux Chardonnay £10.00 /90
Soft easy drinker, hint of oak, good holding fruit, green apple, lovely
Bellingham The Bernard Series Roussanne (SA) £10.00 rating 91
Good ripe fruit and coconut nose, fresh, full on, body, balanced
Caminada Malbec £5.00 /89
Easy, straightforward wine, good bold fruit palate, easy tannins, bargain
Les Calcaires Pinot Noir £7.00 rating 89
Great value pinot nior, fruit driven with a touch of spice and black pepper
Pavillon La Tourelle Medoc £10.00 rating 90
Cracked black pepper nose, bramble and damson palate, nicely made

Taste the Difference Fairtrade Pinotage (SA) £7.50 rating 90
Hint of burnt rubber, soft sweet fruit, ripe blackcurrant, well made
Taste the Difference Saint Chinian Syrah Grenache £9.00 rating 89
Wonderful pencil lead/shaving nose, good oak backbone, great stuff
Taste the Difference Fairtrade South African Shiraz £7.50 rating 90
Big mouthful of soft ripe black stewed fruit, deep and rewarding. Amazing value!
Taste the Difference Barbera D'Asti
(ita) £7.50 rating 91
Deep intense black fruit nose, soft tannin, fruit compote, winter wine

Contaldo Chianti DOCG £5.75 rating 90

Soft ripe black fruit, well judged oak, brilliant price
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Morador Malbec £8.50 rating 89
Lovely intense, inky malbec, full on black fruit, mouthwatering

Taste the Difference Primitivo IGT Salento £7.00 rating 89
Lovely soft easy fruit, blackberry and balckcurrant, easy integrated tannins

Taste the Difference Chilean Pinot Noir £8.00 rating 90
Good light new leather, soft redcurrant nice use of oak
Taste the Difference Pic St Loup £9.00 /89
Oak, tobacco and smoke, good light fruit, beautiful
Taste the Difference Fairtrade Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot (SA) £7.50 rating 90
Ripe cherry and blackcurrant nose, full on body and intense fruit, Bordeaux on steroids
Baron de la Vinas Rioja Reserva £7.50 /91
Developing, complex nose, deep and intense, oak, black cherry, cedar, leather

Taste the Difference Chianti Classico 2015 £9.00
Savoury development on the nose, jam and tar on the palate, good stuff
Domaine des Tourelles Bekaa Red 2015 £10.00
Terrible looking bottle but a lovely wine, plum and black cherry work well with integrated tannins
Bruce Jack Shiraz 2018 £7.00
Very pleasing big old shiraz, concentrated blackberry and blueberry, uncomplex, sound

Taste the Difference Prosecco Conegliano £10.00 /89 offer price
Frothy sherbet, just enough sweetness, light peach, good price
Taste the Difference Pignoletto £8.00
Apricot aroma and fruit salad palate, dry, well made, lovely wine at the price

Sainsbury's Cava Rose (spa) £5.75 rating 89
Lovely hit of red friut on nose, goof fresh Cava, raspberry, light, bargain


Over £10
Taste the Difference Chablis £11.00 rating 89
Apples and flint, zesty acidity,lovely floral finish
Chateau Tanunda Barossa Riesling £18.00 rating 90
Expressive reisling nose, floral and a touch oily, clear lines, clean, crisp and classy

Taste the Difference Pouilly Fume 2017 £13.00
Light floral nose and a touch of struck flint. Sound wine, very well made, long finish
Sancerre La Moussiere 2017 £18.00
Very classy wine, grassy sauvignon notes, minerality and very good use of oak, expensive but tip top
Taste the Difference Chablis 2017 £11.00
Solid classic Chablis, mineral, refined palate, the real deal
Chablis Premier Cru Mont de Milieu Sainte Celine Domaines Brocard 2015 £22.00
So much going on here. Lime, citrus, chalky mineral, complex, deep and developing
Stellenrust Barrel Chenin Blanc 2017 £13.00
Toasty oak nose, white peach and pear nose, tidy if a touch pricey

Ascheri Gavi di Gavi £16.00 rating 90
Very good example of Gavi and a great price, depth, perfume, fruit
Taste the Difference Pouilly Fuisse (fra) £18.00 rating 89
Light nose, fresh green fruit, hint of coconut and vanilla, grassy
Diabolo Dark Red (Chi) £12.00 rating 91
Deep and inky, powerful, smoky, intense full on wine, perfect for a BBQ
Taste the Difference Barbaresco £13.00 rating 90
Light brick red, black cherry, tar and tobacco, lovely

Chateau Barreyres Haut-Medoc
(Fra) £13.00 rating 91
Good intense Bordeaux nose, black pepper, black fruit, Xmas Day Claret
Taste the Difference Chateauneuf du Pape £15.00
Big, powerful wine, plum and bramble, spice, cedar, lots here, good example of the wine at the price
Taste the Difference Valpolicella Ripasso £11.00
First rate, big and ballsy with tobacco and concentrated black fruit, beauty
Taste the Difference Chateau les Bouysses Cahors £13.00 rating 89
Proper winter wine, deep spiced fruit compote, warming oak

La Terrasse de la Garde Pessac Leognan £15.00 /89
Black pepper and sweet bramble, good tannins, tar and earth, may develop
Taste the Difference Amarone della Valpolicella £16.00 rating 93
Deep and inky, fully structured, power, concntrated fruit, all you could ask of a wine

Bellingham Bernard Series Syrah £14.00 rating 89
Light black pepper nose, concentrated black fruit palate, tobacco and smoke, long finish

Taste the Difference Cremant de Loire (Fra) £11.00 rating 90
Approachable, soft and easy cremant, good fruit and tight yeasty notes
Freixinet Prosecco £12.00 rating 89
Beautiful bottle, looks great, lovely wine, fresh, peachy and light
Chapel Down Classic Sparkling Rosé (Eng) £26.00 rating 91
Lovely raspberry nose, deep fresh bread character on palate, beautiful

Sainsbury’s Blanc de Noirs Brut NV £18.00 /89 (offer price limited time only)
Toasty pinot noir nose, red apple, really classy wine, well packaged and priced
Sixteen Ridges Signature Cuvee (Worcestershire) 2013 £23.00
Classy looking and classy tasting, fresh and springlike, English hedgerow, hint of red berries, super
Taste the Difference English Sparkling Brut (Denbies) 2014 £20.00
Nice brioche nose, baked apple and honeysuckle, very good, really good value
Taste the Difference Cremant de Loire Rose NV £11.00
Solid pink fizz, nice touch of red berry, well priced
Taste the Difference NV Brut Champagne £18.00
Big, over ripe apple nose, dry and crisp a proper brut Champagne, very good



Also try their great new range of canned Craft Beers labeled Hyde And Wilde, in particular the Craft Lager, Craft American IPA and Craft Stout. Their Pravha Pilsner in bottles is made by Staropramen and is first class.
In terms of gin look out for a really classy looking bottle City of London Christopher Wren (£30 but well worth it) and Marylebone Gin at an eye watering £35 but also very, very good.
Also seek out their Kirk and Sweeny 12 Year Old Rum, again at £30 not cheap but really lovlely and with the shape of the bottle it' impossible ot pour yourself a small measure.