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TESCO TOP WINES IN PRICE CATEGORY Summer/Autumn 2022


SUMMARY
Tesco have really smartened up their branding, the bottles across the range look great and all the Finest wines have little silver labels on the neck that make them look like medal winners.
Really good, well priced range, particularly strong in the £7 to £9 price bracket across the board, top value fizz and great stuff from Argentina and South Africa. Go to the Tesco website as they have a some great value wines by the case and also a greater availability as not all wines are available in all stores.

Some of the notes here come with thanks to the brilliant Brian Elliott of Midweek Wines.

Buy all of these wines at www.tesco.com/wine



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


Visat Castelli Trebbiano d'Abruzzo £4.00 /88
Perfect summer party wine, buy lots, chill well, almond and lemon peel
Cape Kyala Chenin Blanc £3.99 /90
Candidate for summer house white, melon, grass and apple, a miracle at the price
Yalumba Y Series Viognier £8.00 /90
Great maker, very sound wine, well made, honeysuckle and mineral notes
Zalze Sauvignon/Semillion £7.50 /90
Super price, lime, lemon and grapefruit, fruit and freshness in balance
Petaluma Chardonnay £16.00 /91
Proper treat wine, one to impress the in-laws, white pepper, coconut, almond and apple
Wairu Cove Sauvignon Blanc
£7.50 /90
The sort of wine that people like, big flowery Kiwi Sauvignon well priced
Tesco Finest Monteforte Pinot Grigio
£8.00 /89
Beautiful peach blossom nose, simple and straight-forward, very well made
Tesco Vinho Verde £5.25 /90
Light, clean and crisp a bit of spritz on the palate, lovely low alcohol wine
Tesco Cotes de Gascogne Blanc £5.25 /90
Racy acidity, aromatic fresh flowers, lime peel and greengage - bloody bargain
Tesco Finest Pouilly Fume £13.00 /92
Lovely understated wine, lime and gooseberry, complex, good for Xmas day
Finest Saint Mont £7.00 /90
Lovely light green and frsh nose, green apple and grass, zippy acidity, great value
Mountain Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc £5.00 /89
Classy looking bottle, good wine, standard, good fruit elements, party wine
Taparoo Australian Chardonnay £3.99 /89
Summer party wine, buy lots of this and chill it well.
Penfolds Koonunga Hill Chardonnay £9.00 /91
Classy oak driven Aussie chardonnay, depth and complexity, very well priced
Tesco Finest Vinas del Rey Albarino £9.50 /90
Amazing lemon curd nose, very solid wine, some depth and complexity, interesting
Tesco Fiano  £5.50 /89
Floral aromatic nose, citrus blossom, fresh acidity and tropical fruit palate

Coteaux D'Aix en Provence Rosť £7.50 rating 90
A proper cut above, dlicate red berry and citrus, very pretty bottle
Tesco Finest Cotes du Provence Rosť £9.00 rating 90
Lovely combo of citrus and redcurrant, great looking bottle, super little wine
Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosť £7.50 rating 90
Dry and refreshing but with a lovely strawberry streak running through it
Caparelli Rosato Sangiovese Rubicone Blush Rosť £4.29 rating 88
Just off dry but the sweetness carries the lovely red cherry fruit character
Ramon Bilbao Rioja Rosada £8.00 rating 89
Cherry and raspberry notes, dry and fresh, great value rosť
Finest Malbec Rosť
£8.00 /89
Fruity nose and palate, dry, really well made, great value
Finest Pinot Grigio Blush £7.00 rating 89
Light, dry, pretty rosť, perfectly acceptable
Vista Castelli Montepulciano d'Abruzzo £4.75/89
Really well put together, black cherry and black pepper, enough tannic structure to balance
Yalumba Y Series Merlot £8.00/90
Very intense fruit character, black fruit compote, warm black pepper spice on finish
Trapiche Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon (Arg) £7.00/89
Big wine, bramble and black cherry, intense but not unbalanced
LFE Marea Syrah £15.00/90
Inky, intense, concentrated, tarry nose, forward black fruit
Finest Puemo Carmenere £8.00/89
Ripe cherry and redcurrant, spicy cinnamon, szechuan pepper
Finest Saint Chinian £9.00 /89
Full on intense black fruit, black cherry, black berry, pepper and spice
Finest Rioja Reserva £8.50 /90
Spice and oak, medicine cabinet and forward black fruit, good Rioja
Finest Rioja Gran Reserva - Vina del Cura £12.00 /90
Powerful stuff, full on black fruit, wood-smoke, development, long finish
Tesco Finest South African Malbec £7.50 /90
Lovely big oaky malbec, bold forward fruit, proper steak wine
Tesco Nero D'Avola £5.50 /90
Good food wine, big fruit, lovely use of oak, rich, bold tannins
Tesco Chianti £5.25 /90
Ripe black fruit, primary, easy to drink, light spice and black pepper, delight at a fiver
Tesco Finest Chianti Classico £8.00 /90
A proper step up in class, black cherry, spicy oak, plum and damson, well structured
Finest Marlborough Pinot Noir £9.00 /90
Floral and spicy nose, good fruit driven wine, would love lamb and mint sauce
Finest Montepulciano D' Abruzzo £7.00 /89
Sound black fruit and tobacco nose, tarry and dark, intense
Finest Prosecco £8.50 /89
Good solid prosecco, lots to like, peach and blossom nose, pear on palate
Finest Blanquette de Limoux £9.50 /90
Lovely apple and grass nose, good body and mousse, creamy with a hint of sweetness
Finest Premier Cru Champagne £21.00 /90
Good bready, yeasty nose, over ripe green apple palate, complex, bargain
Tesco Finest VintageCava £8.00 /90
Complex, yeasty nose, classy, lime and lychee, malty apple, fantastic


Sweet/Fortified

Finest Late Bottled Vintage Port 2011 £11.50 /91
Lovely open ripe black fruit nose, deep and complex, a bargain at the price
Finest 10 Year Old Tawny Port £12.50 /90
Good tawny look, lovely jammy wine, good deep ripe plum, top stuff