Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Pierre Jaurant French Roussanne 2019
Some delicious new wines are now available at Aldi (a lot have sold out online during lockdown but are available in store) for Spring and Summer and this one is one of my faves. The grape is Roussanne, a French variety that is typically blended with other Southern French varieties such as Viognier and Marsanne and all are linked with the common fruit profile of apricots and peach. Succulent and summery, this wine is full of peach Melba notes and a creamy, textured mouthfeel that makes the wine wonderful both on its own and also with a number of different dishes such as fish and poultry. A bargain to boot.
Vinalba Patagonia Reserve Malbec 2018 Argentina
I do find a lot of commercial level Malbecs can be a bit hit & miss - not the deep, inky, violet scented wines I want but lighter with baked fruit and missing the oomph I want in the wine. Not so this one and I would say that I think Malbec is a grape that warrants spending a bit more money on - this is £13.99 - to make sure you get the depth and concentration in the wine that really helps the variety to sing. This is from cool climate Patagonia and reminds me a bit of a Syrah with violets, blackberry, pepper and spice. Concentrated yet elegant this is fantastically well-balanced red and is making me fall in love with Malbec all over again!