Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Exquisite Collection Lyme Block 2018 England
This fantastic wine from Aldi is picking up plaudits left, right and centre and has just been awarded yet another Silver medal from the GB Awards to go with its Silver Medal from this years International Wine Challenge. Two silver medals for a wine that costs under £10.........So why is it so good? It's very distinctively English with lifted citrus acidity and notes of elderflower, hedgerows and greengage. Fresh, tingly, distinctive and full of flavour, this is a blend of 48% Bacchus with some Pinot Blanc, Solaris and other weird and wacky varieties! It is pretty much an English summer in a glass and comes highly recommended. Get some before it goes.
Studio by Miraval Rosé 2018 France
One of my very favourite rosé wines is the Brangelina Miraval; housed in it's distinctive and beautiful bottle and with more body and character than a lot of pink wines. I thought it was ingenious therefore to release a cheaper, 'second' wine that costs almost half as much as the Miraval, which usually retails for £19.99. There's no doubt that it isn't quite as delicious as it's more expensive sibling with tighter fruit and acidity but it is still very much a lovely wine, redolent of raspberry pip, peach and rhubarb. Delicious summer sipping!