Our top ten wines under (roughly!) £10 based on store sales.
Full Price: £109.50 | Mixed Case Price: £98.55
Emiliana Adobe Reserva Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)
The complex nose presents citrusy and grapefruit and lime notes with a subtle touch of white peppers. The smooth palate bursts with citrus freshness balanced by good volume and persistence.
Emiliana Adobe Reserva Rosé (Chile)
Pale almost Provencal-pink in colour with gentle strawberry and red cherry aromas. The palate is medium in weight with fresh summer fruits and a silky yet refreshing finish. Delicate and easy to drink. Vegan.
Torre del Falasco Corvina (Italy)
A baby Valpolicella, but much more than many inferior Valpolicellas on the market. A lighter bodied wine, with cherry and raspberry notes. Purely fruit driven but with a lip-smacking edge to it that makes it great on its own or with simple pasta + ragu dishes.
Palazzo del Mare Nero d'Avola (Italy)
Nero d'Avola is 'the' black grape of Sicily. It can make light and easy drinking wines and it can make richer, earthy wines that cry out for food. This wine is in the former category. That said, it's no shrinking violet. It's got bags of raspberry and blackberry fruit, soft tannins and a lovely savoury edge. This makes it very versatile - great with or without food.
Vallemayor Rioja Blanca (Spain)
A blend of Viura (the Rioja white grape) and Sauvignon Blanc. Relaxing the rules around what grapes can be used for Rioja wines has allowed use of international grapes and the Sauvignon Blanc in this wine has freshened up what otherwise would have been a rather bland style. We are VERY impressed with this white wine. Crisp, with grassy notes and a good citrus core.
Vallemayor Rioja Tinto (Spain)
Made purely from Tempranillo this wine is stainless steel fermented and kept in bottle for 6 months prior to release. That keeps all the primary fruit notes to the fore. Strawberry, raspberry and cherry notes abound with smooth tannins and fresh but balanced acidity making it perfect with tapas.
The Wolftrap Red (South Africa)
From the guys that bring you 'The Chocolate Block' red wine, this is a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Viognier (yes a white grape in a red wine). This wine adheres to many of the principles of excellent Cotes du Rhone and as such we refer to it as a 'South African Cotes du Rhone' when we talk about it to our customers. Spicy and earthy, with blackberry and mulberry fruit notes.
Félicette Grenache Rouge (France)
'Space-cat red' as we lovingly refer to it. This is delicious. The Grenache grape, when not handled properly can make clumsy red wines - too much acidity and clunky tannins. This is as far removed from that style as can possibly be. It is a smooth, medium bodied red with plum and redcurrant fruit and well integrated tannins. Perfect as a glass on its own, this will also work very nicely with a slow cooked casserole.
Félicette Grenache Rose (France)
The rose version of the red wine. As it's made from the black Grenache grape, it gives slightly more colour to the finished wine than, say, you'll see in a Provence rose. The fruit is redcurrant and raspberry and as it's Grenache, the acidity is there giving structure to the finished wine. Refreshing and delightful on it's own, this wouldn't be out of place accompanying a salmon or red mullet dish.
Ai Galera (Portugal)
Long overlooked by the wine cognoscenti, the burgeoning interest in Portuguese wine is finally resulting in more awareness of the potential of this proud country. The previously undervalued Tejo region, lying to the south of Lisbon, is capable of producing wines of enormous value and character - something that is captured by Ai Galera. Incredible value, intriguing indigenous varieties and supreme drinkability all add up to wines that thrill.