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The Spring Range at Majestic

by Tom Cannavan, 03/12

A selection from wines that are currently on special offer at Majestic, through until 23rd April 2012. Please note that multi-buy prices listed below will be available to Scottish customers of Majestic on single bottles. A six bottle minimum still applies in all stores, 12 bottles online.

white wines

St Hallett, Poachers Blend White 2010, Australia
St Hallett's blend of 60% Semillon, 25% Sauvignon Blanc and 15% Riesling is always a winner combining exotic, ripe-fruited drinkability and real zing. Here at its bargain price it is a Spring and Summer banker. Punchy, herb-tinged stuff, with some lime cordial and a hint of waxiness, the Riesling apparent on the nose. The palate has delicious mouth-filling fruit, just loads of flavour and texture, the pithy lemon dryness of the finish adding lovely balance. £8.99, buy 2 bottles save £8 = £4.99 and a terrific buy at that price. 86/100. Note also that Majestic in Calais is currently selling this at a crazy £2.99.

camins Winegrowers of Ara, Composite Sauvignon Blanc 2009, New Zealand
I'm not sure what the story is of a 2009 Marlborough Sauvignon just hitting Majestic shelves (the 2012s will be here in a few months), but this represents a great buy at £5.99 for a wine with genuine character. Vivacious stuff, more upfront than previous vintages with that blast of tropical fruit and button-pressing pea-shoot freshness. The palate has depth, green beans and smokiness, and a welterweight of guava and lychee fruit. Dry in the finish, this is weighty, full and classical Marlborough stuff that is properly dry and savoury. 88/100. £9.99, buy 2 bottles save £8 = £5.99

Domaine Gérard Thomas, Bourgogne Blanc 2010, France
Similar in some ways to the Bourgogne Blanc from Jean-Marc Pillot also tasted (89-points), but this has an extra layer of crushed oatmeal and nutty richness with still plenty of decisive orchard fruit crunch. Lovely palate, with a huge core of citrus even fresher than the Pillot, even more assertive and juicy with lemon and lime, and grapefruit and tangerine flashing through the finish. 90/100. £14.99, buy 2 bottles save £2 = £13.99

red wines

Raats Family, Granite Blocks Cabernet Franc 2010, South Africa
100% Cabernet Franc is matured in 2nd and 3rd fill French oak barrels for 14 months. Lovely fragrance, the lifted, floral and cherry-edged side of Cabernet Franc with some spice and green herb notes, but fruity too. The palate has a juicy, fresh fruit vitality, the crunch of the fruit staying focused and fresh despite a little toast and grippy richness. Lovely. 88/100. £9.99, 20% off South African wines = £7.99

Domaine La Borie Blanche, Terroirs d'Altitude 2007, France
This Minervois La Livinière blends 70% Syrah with 20% Mourvèdre and 10% Grenache. Crunchy, vibrant berry fruits have some real depth and sweet earth and a touch of undergrowth too. Balanced and fresh on the palate, the liquorice grip of the tannins and spicy, firm fruit give this length and big grilled lamb chop appeal. 88/100. £9.99, buy 2 bottles save £4 = £7.99

Alvaro Palacios, Camins del Priorat 2010, Spain
Aged in older French oak barrels for eight months, this blend of 50% Carignena, 40% Garnacha, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah delivers burstingly fresh black fruit with a certain floral and jammy lift of pomegranate and black cherry. There's a sense of plush depth too, and a slick of vanilla beneath. That vanilla and sweet, sweet fruit silkiness coat the palate, with a big, creamy ripeness of cherry and plum, and just delicious fruit and balance. Firm tannins and a good acidity as well as a hit of spice add some chewy seriousness on the finish. 90-91/100. £17.49, buy 2 at £13.99 each.