I’ve been under the weather with costochondritis (no, me neither! ). Still, managed to enjoy a few nice bottles - I’m nothing if not stoic…!
Anyway, yesterday - a smashing little number, nothing complicated, but a solid and enjoyable example of a white Bojo and for just over a tenner good value too:
Quite a muted nose, but with a little bit of warmth and energetic swirling delicate notes of peaches, satsuma and honey came through. Lovely on the palate - honeyed and rounded with a nice chewy texture, the fruit was a mix of peaches and pears. Balanced acidity and a decent finish which had a citrus pith feel to it made sure this wasn’t flabby. I’ve got one more - and it probably wants drinking soon.
The Palo Cortado, new on Waitrose’s list, was a charming little number too, if not particularly complex to my palate:
A mix of silan, walnuts and burnt sugar on both nose and palate, it was savoury and tangy, but with a hint of sweetness on the finish that I wasn’t too enamoured with. Nevertheless, it will definitely be a repeat purchase - for just over a tenner it’s a no brainer as an everyday Palo Cortado (is there such a category? ).
This evening, to accompany prawn and crab tartlets and some salad:
Bought EP, this is the sort of Viognier the other half eulogises about. Full flavoured, as per WS notes, but nothing blowsy about it whatsoever. Fab nose of honeysuckle, citrus blossom, peach and spice.
The palate is rich but well measured, with lovely notes of fresh apricots, ripe peaches and maybe even a hint of mango. There’s fantastic minerality and fragrant blossom in the background, and a hint of ginger. Lots going on! Can’t wait to see how it works with the food.
But first, an aperitif - and this, based on first glass, is excellent!
MCC often seems to tick the value-for-money box with aplomb! This is rich, leesy and delicious, with a sort of apple strudel note - orchard fruit mixed with spice and buttery pastry. Value for money off the scale for us!
Looking forward to reading other people’s wines and food this weekend!