Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Lot Series Ashwood Estate Pinot Gris 2017 Gisborne, New Zealand
Both of my wine recommendations this week are from Aldi and both from their top range, the Lot Series. This wine is 100% Pinot Gris and the bottle is a flute which is the first hint that this is an off-dry wine, almost in the Germanic style but don’t let the fact that it isn’t dry put you off! This is a really delicious wine full of ripe tropical fruit such as mango and banana but also with honey, vanilla, blossom, ginger, apricots and pineapple. Layered and expansive with just a touch of sweetness on the finish (almost fruit ripeness rather than ‘sweet’ sweet) this is calling out for Asian or spicy food but would be delicious on its own too or with roast pork.
Lot Series Te Haupapa Central Otago Pinot Noir 2017 New Zealand
I have had the pleasure of visiting Central Otago a couple of times and I love the region as much as I love the wines; they are seductive, perfumed, spicy and distinctive. This example is no exception, the only thing that is in fact, is the price tag as these pinot noirs usually tend to be pricey! Here however you get change from a tenner and whilst the Lot Series used to sit at £9.99 this is a bargain £8.99 and you get a lot of wine for the price. This is pure, charming, fragrant and full of raspberry, redcurrant and spice with soft tannins and a lovely length. Whilst it is more traditional to celebrate Easter with lamb and a chunkier wine like a cabernet sauvignon, this will do the job just as well, certainly if you switch the mint sauce for redcurrant.