|Heritage Vineyards (California) Red 1999|
Here's another wine from the mostly cheap and cheerful collection at SPAR grocers shops that is extremely easy to recommend for its delicious drinking at a very modest price. This anonymous blend of red grape varieties is presented in attractive, classy packaging and has a big, inviting, opulent nose of sweet vanilla, spice and lush blackberry and plum fruit. It is a bit like super-charged Rioja on the nose, and onto the palate which is chewy and densely-fruited with a chocolaty depth of sweet, ripe and juicy fruit. There's that slick of spicy oak and just a little tannic bite keeping it fresh enough. Nothing complex here, but your dinner party guests won't know this fruit and character-packed red comes at such a keen price. Terrific stuff.
£3.99 SPAR branches