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3 Best wines from the High Street; Wine seller with Brian Elliott.

Byline: Brian Elliott

2014 Baron Amarillo Rioja Reserva PS5.79 at Aldi Reserva is second highest level in Rioja's maturation hierarchy, so it is rare to find an example this good at this price. Luxuriate then in the wine's rich, plum and dark cherry fruit, mild acidity, gentle tannin and chocolate depth that also provides hints of vanilla and baking spice.

2017 Rios de los Andes Malbec PS6.50 at SPAR Malbec is Argentina's lead grape variety, accounting for around a third of all red wine produced there. This example - made for SPAR by, I think, the huge Santa Ana operation - is impressive because it complements the wine's fruit forward brightness with savoury, liquorice elements without compromising its ripe cherry and loganberry fruit or the soft tannin, good acidity and suggestions of clove

ON-WINE SHOPPING: 2017 Rod Easthope Level 185 Hawke's Bay Sauvignon Blanc PS8.99 at Whatever happens to its coalition with Majestic, the Naked Wines concept is interesting and novel. Subscribers become "Angels" helping new producers financially in return for discounted prices on the eventual wine. The PS8.99 quoted is indeed an "Angel price". For that, you get this aromatic New Zealand sauvignon with lime influenced acidity, grapefruit and melon flavours and hints of tropical fruit yet counterbalancing green pepper depth.

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 3, 2019
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