Top Ten White Wines over £6 of 2014 this week. There will also be a Paula’s Top Ten Red Wine choices over £6 of 2014 as well as the Top Ten Must Haves for Christmas Day. But no Top Ten Rosés, Sparkling Wines or After Dinner wines.
Because this year has seen a dearth of great tasting and great value wines that are a delightful pink colour and an even greater lack of wines to match the cheese and nuts course. But slurpable whites at a reasonable price there have been, in abundance – which made it very hard to knock the list back to just the top ten. But here they are ranging in price from £6.49 to £11.10 listed in ascending order of price.
Top Ten Whites over £6 of 2014
1 Morrisons Chilean Chardonnay
Balanced creamy-sour flavours of apple, pineapple and lemon. Very good.
2 Linda Mora Argentinean Torrontes 2013
Both floral and refreshing. Fragrant pear, orange blossom and melon.
3 Aldi Exquisite Collection Australian Riesling 2013
A high quality wine with flavours of apple, lime and coconut.
4 Indomita Chilean Gran Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013
Light gooseberry, lemon and celery astringency initially, turning creamy with hints of elderflower later.
5 Curator’s Choice South African Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Viognier 2013
£7.99 Co-op Mandarin flavours, plus apple and honey. An interesting blend.
6 Co-op Truly Irresistible French Viognier 2013
A complex white with long flavours of ripe pears, melon, lime and gooseberry. Oh and grape. Nice.
7 Chateau Le Bernet French Graves 2013
Slightly smoky orange and apple flavours. Very nice.
8 Casa Planeta Sicilian Greccanico Chardonnay 2013
Flavours of fluffy baked apples initially followed by sharp pineapple and ending with bubblegum. Complex.
9 Finca Constancia Parcela Spanish Verdejo 2012
£10.99 Oxford Wine Company, Cambridge Wine Merchants
Like an apricot sponge pudding.
10 Chateau de Parenchere French Bordeaux Blanc Sec 2013
£11.10 Peter Osborne
Sophisticated flavours of melon, apple and lemon.
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