Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Laborie Blanc de Blancs 2011 South Africa
I enjoyed a bottle of this South African sparkler at the weekend which a friend bought and it was an absolute delight! A Blanc de Blancs - so only made from Chardonnay grapes - it is yeasty, complex and with rich apple notes. Complex yet elegant, it is made in the same method as Champagne; the traditional method so has those lovely bready notes but with a touch more ripeness and lovely bottle age. Highly recommended.
Lot Series Finca La Pampa Barrel Selected Red Blend 2018
This is one of my fave Aldi reds and is currrently down to £7.99 which for a wine of this quality is an absolute steal! It is a blend of 60% Malbec, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Cabernet Franc and has a rich, deep colour and on the palate there is spice, liquorice, black fruits, coffee and mocha. It is very attractive with slightly punchy alcohol at 14.5%. Delicious though.