Top Ten Wines Under £10

Following our re-pricing efforts at the turn of the year we wanted to bring you a definitive list of some of our best value wines; ones that represent true value for money by surpassing all expectations despite the modest price. Last week we brought you our Top Ten Wines Under £8, so this week and continuing the revolutionary theme of listing Top Ten’s, we thought we would bring you a selection (ten) of our best wines Under £10.

Kleine Zalze Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 {£8.99} £7.60 (Save 15%)
The Independent suggested the 2010 vintage of this wine was one to “…warm our souls in the bleak midwinter…full of characteristic tobacco and leather flavours with a hint of mint…”, and the 2011 version, currently on offer, is of similar ilk. This is a lingeringly delicious and hearty red wine perfect for those lazy Sunday afternoons in front of *insert television programme of choice here* and the ideal partner to wash your weekend roast down. Jancis Robinson once wrote that, "South African Cabernet is, as they say in France, en pleine evolution…" and this scrumptious bottle of red is very drinkable evidence of that hindsight.

Blackstone Merlot 2011 £8.49
One of our most popular wines and a real winner at consumer tastings, the Blackstone Merlot is very easy drinking and incredibly versatile. Ideal for parties and certainly an excellent wedding wine, this Californian Merlot is very smooth and has a lovely weighted poise in the mouth. Boasting typically plummy Merlot characteristics and driven by dark cherry and berry flavours, this lovely red works very well with food and will appease a very wide audience.

Mirabeau Rosé 2012 £8.99
A deliciously vibrant and refreshing Provence Rosé from one of the most forward-thinking and exciting producers on our list, the Mirabeau Rosé is an absolute belter. Widely acclaimed by some of the country’s top critics, it is a classic Provence blend of Syrah, Grenache and Cinsault, with abiding aromas of wild strawberries, raspberry and redcurrant. At just £8.99 you will almost certainly be coming back for more and if that doesn’t sway you, take a look at their epic website and in particular this video, to get a flavour of why we love working with these guys.

Etchart Privado Malbec 2013 £8.99
“Good Argentine Malbec, and there is a great deal of it for Argentina is one of the world's most prolific wine producers, is deeply coloured, spicily rich with an exuberant juiciness and has as a trademark almost velvety texture...Argentine Malbec is not difficult to like." Those are the wise words of Jancis Robinson and the Etchart Privado Malbec 2013 certainly epitomises that lofty acclaim. Vibrant and fresh with resoundingly attractive aromas of plums and cherry with a slight suggestion of almonds and vanilla, this has a lovely balance and as with any good Argentine Malbec, its perfect with a juicy steak.

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2013 £8.99
An award-winning Chenin Blanc from South Africa that is definitely worth your attention particularly at this price. It is very expressive and with lovely flavours of tropical fruit, honey and spice but perhaps slightly drier than previous vintages. Purists will naturally point to the Loire and Vouvray as the natural home of Chenin Blanc but in the last decade or so South Africa has done more than most to raise the profile of this gregarious varietal. The Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc, a consistent favourite at the Sommelier Wine Awards, has intense and concentrated flavours and, unsurprisingly given its heritage and relative close proximity to the Ocean, this wine is delicious with all types of seafood.

Conti D'Arco Prosecco NV £9.99
Named after the Conti D’Arco family, who owned the medieval castle which dominates the horizon in the vineyards between Lake Garda and the Brenta Dolomites, this beautifully made Prosecco has a lively fresh mousse, plenty of luscious green apple flavours and a clean, fresh finish. Perfect for weddings and ideal as a great aperitif, this is the perfect Champagne substitute. In recent years the former has consistently outsold the latter and the Conti D'Arco is an excellent example why this is the case. Soft yet brimming with flavour this is deliciously elegant and a true bargain.

George Wyndham Shiraz-Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 £9.99
George Wyndham is one of the founding fathers of the Australian wine industry having planted Australia’s first commercial Shiraz vineyard in 1830, so it is fair to assume they a know a little bit about this much vaunted varietal. This tasty blend of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon provides the synergy for a softly rounded mid palate, finishing cleanly with fine, stylish tannins and a subtle spiciness. A winner of plenty of awards this is lingers long after the first taste and is exceptional with roast or gamey meats.

Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc 2012 £9.99
Whilst New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc can occasionally be a caricature of its former glory, there remains some absolutely sublime versions at very reasonable prices and the Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc certainly falls under that category. The region of Marlborough is famed for their balanced Sauvignon Blancs - wines that do not overdo the vibrant herbal, flinty characters nor exaggerate the archetypal tropical fruit flavours that have made this well-travelled varietal so popular. This wine is vivaciously crisp without being over the top and it showcases grapefruit, guava, lemongrass and tropical fruit flavours that linger through the refreshingly zesty finish.

Pablo Old Vine Garnacha 2012 £9.99
Voted the Best Red Under £10 (and therefore right on the money for this list) at the Wines from Spain Awards 2013, the Pablo Old Vine Garnacha honours Spain’s greatest artist and the cubist inspired label champions the 100-year-old garnacha vines, grown in high altitude vineyards in Caltayud. According to the Independent, this wine boasts “deep, smoky, dark fruit flavours, a little spice, terrific intensity, a long finish…” and this wine, with its beautifully supple and balanced tannins, is seriously delicious.

Domaine Sainte-Anne Picpoul de Pinet 2012 £9.99
A bright and effervescent white wine that has been produced in the Languedoc for centuries, Picpoul de Pinet is incredibly popular on the London restaurant scene because of its capacity to be a lively aperitif or a complex yet refreshing match for an array of different foods. The Domaine Sainte-Anne Picpoul de Pinet is sprightly but balanced and not too dissimilar to a really good Muscadet. This is another hugely popular wine on our list and for very good reason.

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Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 


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