Crappy old weather out there, so holing up at home with some fish marinated in a home-made tandoori paste. Looking at the wine rack, I didn’t fancy a Riesling or a PG – so opted for this mid-week gem:
A 2018 white St Chinian from ASDA (£8) – and a gem it really is! Made from Grenache Blanc and Marsanne, it has quite an intense nose of lemon, pear, white plum chamomile and a very delicate honeyed note. On the palate it has a really nice interplay between fruit (lemon zest, tangerine, white peach) and herbal notes (fennel, chamomile) with a lively bitter almond finish. It’s reminiscent of a good white Rhone, and although there is nothing overly complicated about it – this wine isn’t going to send you into ruminations about Baudelaire’s Fleurs du Mal – it is an honest, well made and delicious mid week white.
What’s in your glass this windy evening?