Two great value sub-£10.00 whites - recommended by both Jancis Robinson and The Wine Advocate

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Two great value sub-£10.00 whites - recommended by both Jancis Robinson and The Wine Advocate


Two great value whites, but don’t take our word for it.

couple of our least expensive white wines were highlighted in the press last week, so we’re discreetly turning your attention towards them, like a hairdresser adjusting the tilt of your head without you even noticing.

The Adega de Pegoes 2016 (£9.95) is a wine we have followed year in, year out, because it never fails to astonish with its price/quality correlation. It’s a blend of local Portuguese grape varieties, but tastes like a high quality Cotes du Rhone Blanc or a Viognier from the Northern Rhone. Jancis Robinson’s team know a bargain when they see one and have just cited as being ‘Very Good Value’.

Our Galician white, the Formigo Blanco 2016, was given an ‘Outstanding’ rating by The Wine Advocate, which is quite a coup for a wine that we are putting on offer for just £9.95 (normally £11.95). I’ll wear out the ribbon on my typewriter if I list all the grape varieties in the blend, but Albariño and Palomino are the leading players. It’s wonderfully bright and citrussy and refreshing (“etched”, “bony” and “stony” says Jancis Robinson). Avoid narcolepsy, by drinking this instead of other unoaked whites like Pinot Grigio or Colombard.

Mixed Case (6 bottles of each) - £119.40

Adega de Pegoes, Selected Harvest, Setubal, Portugal 2016 - £9.95
They say that you should try everything once, except incest and Morris dancing. It’s probably fair to assume that you haven’t tried a blend of Arinto, Verdelho, Antão Vaz and Chardonnay before, but if this wine is anything to go by, then you shouldn't waste another moment. It's a blissfulcombination, bearing a striking resemblance to Pierre Gaillard’s wonderful Cotes du Rhone Blanc ‘Les Gendrines’ with its delicate and dainty aromas of honeysuckle, cream soda, jasmine and apricot. There’s a suggestion of Viognier both on the nose and palate, which shows a delicate ripeness of yellow- and orange-fleshed stone fruits, lemon meringue and a wisp of vanilla thanks to the 3 months spent in French and American oak. The packaging is as elegant as the wine itself and we strongly recommend buying this by the case. 13% alc. Drink now-2018.

Jancis Robinson: "Patisserie and lemon curd. Soft, tangy passion-fruit brightness that spreads easily over the palate. A dab of vanilla cream. Easy and friendly and charming. Drink 2017-2018. Very Good Value. 16/20 points

Formigo Blanco, Manuel Formigo, Ribeiro, Spain 2016 - £9.95 (reduced from £11.95)
A terrific little bargain from Galicia, which is our go-to region for unoaked white wines. It's as refreshing as the sea breeze that blows across the vineyards and is a summery blend of Palomino, Albariño, Treixadura, Godello, Torrontés and Loureira made by King Midas (aka Manuel Formigo). 

The Wine Advocate: “The fresh and affordable white 2016 Formigo is a blend of different grapes from different vineyards. He uses all the Palomino grapes here (about 10% of the total land under vine for the winery) that represent half of the volume of the wine, and the rest is Treixadura, Godello, Torrontes, Albariño and Loureira, which he tries to ferment separately. The soils are granite-based and quite degraded (sábrego); the wines fermented in stainless steel with neutral yeasts and were blended and bottled without any work of the lees. The nose is not very showy, with shy notes of white fruit and flowers that open up with some time in the glass. It's fresh and with a serious, strict palate with the austerity of the granite. It's very tasty, with an almost salty finish. It develops a leesy, faintly smoky note with time in the glass.” 90 points

Jancis Robinson: “Green guava nose. Etched and sharp on the palate, as if cut out of green glass. Bony, a little stony, lime and verbena. If you need a wine for ceviche, this has to be it. Drink now-2019." 16/20 points

Mixed Case (6 bottles of each) - £119.40

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