As we all tighten our belts and wait desperately for the first pay-cheque of the new year to hit the bank account, the need for budget wines is more pressing now than at any other time of the year.
With this in mind, and to help to get you through to the end of the month, I have picked out below four great budget wines for January.
In terms of quality/price ratio these delicious and interesting wines all punch way above their weight and more importantly they won’t break the bank.
Pasqua are among the leading family-owned wineries in Italy, so it should come as no surprise that theirs is an excellent Pinot Grigio. Aromas of ripe pear and white peach are perfectly balanced with the zesty finish.
From a sixth generation family-owned winery in the Durbanville region of South Africa, Atlantic Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is packed with everything this racy variety has to offer: Gooseberries, juicy tropical fruit, and zesty lime flavours, from the first sip until the last drop in the glass. Distinctive aromas support a wonderfully balanced palate, showing purity of ripe fruit, coupled with a refreshing finish.
On to the reds with a really interesting Tempranillo/Petit Verdot blend from central Spain, whose name Más Buscados, meaning Most Wanted, was inspired by three growers, all called Paco, whose grapes were "most wanted" for their quality and concentration. This high-quality fruit has yielded a wine which is succulent, juicy and bursting with ripe blackberry and spice character.
For my last choice, I am going with a with a wine made by the multi-award winning winemaker, Gérard Bertrand. This Malbec is jam-packed with flavours of ripe bramble fruit, vanilla, cocoa and dark plum, all wrapped in a silk-smooth mouthfeel.