Top Ten Wines Under £8

Never let it be said that CellarVie Wines don’t defy convention. Whilst our beloved chancellor is on the cusp of hiking taxes on the trade yet again, in an effort to appease our loyal customers we have lowered our prices on more than 160 wines. With that lovely, albeit cheap, sentiment in mind we bring you our Top Ten Wines Under £8

Luis Felipe Edwards Lot 24 Carmenère 2012 (£6.99)
At just £6.99 we have gone the extra mile (one pound) to include this abundantly juicy Carmenère, Chile’s signature grape, on this list. From the International Wine Challenge's Chilean Wine Producer of the Year 2013, the Luis Felipe Edwards Lot 24 Carmenère boasts all the hallmarks of this idiosyncratic grape varietal; intense black ruby colour, expressive nose of ripe red fruit, cassis and tobacco aromas, a rounded and harmoniously fruity palate and a beautifully soft, supple tannin finish. It’s fair to say that Carmenère is to Chile what Malbec is to Argentina in that it has been a bit of game changer for their wine industry. It is on the cusp of surpassing Merlot as Chile’s second most planted varietal behind Cabernet Sauvignon and although it can be a little too herbaceous in the wrong hands, that is definitely not the case in this instance.
Hardys The Riddle Chardonnay-Semillon 2013 (£6.99)
Two Old World grape varietals blended in the New World, the Riddle within the name refers to the skill required to successfully combine the Chardonnay and Semillon in this delicious wine. This vibrant and refreshing white is a modern wine made with the consumer in mind; effortlessly drinkable, versatile with food and excellent value for money.
Kleine Zalze Bush Vines Chenin Blanc 2013 (£7.49)
The 2012 vintage of this quintessentially South African Chenin Blanc won countless awards and worthy scores from the likes of Jancis Robinson and Wine Spectator Magazine and the 2013 vintage is more than its predecessor’s equal. Slight honey, light floral and elderflower with some leesy notes this is a beautifully crafted wine that has delicious and bountiful tropical fruit flavours seeping from its every pore. Harvested from old, low yield-bearing bush vines, from the Helderberg region of Stellenbosch this is a really lovely wine to pair with seafood or grilled white meat.
Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2012 (£7.99)
La Pièce de résistance of CellarVie Wines according to our customers, who regularly make this the most popular wine on our list. We have knocked down the price on this effortlessly drinkable Carignan from the Languedoc-Roussillon but don’t let that fool you; it’s absolutely delicious for all occasions. With food, without food, on a Monday, on a Sunday, this concentrated red wine is jam-packed full of fruit that lingers long after you have tasted it and it is subsequently so versatile. For three years running this has been one of our most loved wines and now you can get your hands on it for just £7.99 a bottle.
Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 2012 (£7.99)
Another from the Rare Vineyards range, the Marsanne-Viognier is as drinkable as its red counterpart and another wine that works well in any occasion. Unoaked, this blend of white Rhône varieties cultivated in the warm vineyards of Southern France is fresh and lively with an inviting acidity. Lots of ripe peach and melon on the finish and to be honest, the whole Rare Vineyards range is worth exploring if you haven’t already.
La Campagne Viognier 2012 (£7.99)
A delicious and classic example of the Viognier grape made in the balmier Mediterranean climates of Southern France, this fresh and youthful white wine has typical stone fruit notes of peach and apricot with a soft acidity. Viognier tends to produce wines with a similar weight to Chardonnay but with more peach and apricot characters, and generally more perfume and body, which perhaps explains why it has successfully travelled so far from its native France. La Campagne Viognier is a very good food wine in that it accompanies seasonal fare like roast chicken or indeed spicy food equally well and this wine is made in a very approachable, aromatic style.
Don Jacobo Rioja Blanco 2012 (£7.99)
A multi-awarding-winning wine that was recently named the best white Rioja by the region’s tourist board and who are we to argue? Although one immediately thinks of robust red wines when referring to this iconic region this delicious aromatic, clean, and crisp white wine that is made from the indigenous Viura grapes is reason to think again. Expertly grafted by Don Jacobo’s hugely talented winemaker Javier Martinez, this is slightly honeyed with a lovely minerality and a lingering poise.
Callia Malbec 2013 (7.99)
UK consumers continue to covet Argentinian Malbec and the Callia Malbec is an excellent place to start for those starting their discovery of this delicious varietal. This deep purple wine has a purposefully upfront and inviting wild berry character, with hints of baking spices and cassis. The intense and generous palate has plenty of redcurrant and black cherry supported by sweet, round tannins and an enveloping ripeness. A lovely wine that is delicious with grilled or better, barbequed, meats.
La Dentelière Côtes du Rhône (£7.99)
Soft and peppery, this Grenache blend made with some Syrah, Cinsault and Mourvèdre gives a typically warm, ripe-flavoured red wine with a hearty palate. Elegant, with hints of warm summer fruits, and a touch of pepper and cloves this is the perfect red wine as winter turns to spring. Caves Saint-Pierre have been operating in the Rhône Valley, a hotbed for winemaking talent, since the early 1950s in a winery that is over 2,000 years old and this wine is a testament to their excellence.
The Vintner Shiraz-Viognier 2010 (£7.99)
The practice of blending a white grape with a red one stems from the Rhône Valley and the Vintner incarnation is an inviting marriage between the full-bodied and peppery Shiraz with the uplifting and perfumed Viognier. This type of blend is increasingly common in the UK market and this wine is evidence why; robust and fruity but with a lovely finesse courtesy of the Viognier and it suits flavoursome foods.

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Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 


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