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Best Value White Wine

Best Value Sparkling Wine

Casa De Vila Nova Vila Nova Alvarinho

KWV Laborie Blanc de Blancs Method Cap Classique

MINHO PORTUGAL 2018

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t must, at least sometimes, be a little galling for the inhabitants of northern Portugal that the world’s wine drinkers have fallen in love with one of their native grape varieties but that most of those fans only recognise it when it is presented to them with a Spanish spelling. But here is prooof that Portuguese Alvarinho can be every bit as compelling as Spanish Albariño. It’s made by one of western Iberia’s best exponents of the variety, a company owned by a family so entrenched in the winemaking lands of Vinho Verde country that their idea of a “new house” (or “Casa Nova”) is one built in the 17th century on land the family has owned since the 12th century. The wine itself wowed the Top 100 2019 judges with its “honeyed, balanced flavours and aromas of acacia and lime. It carries its sweetness well, it’s quite commercial and rich, and it’s just the kind of wine you need for matching a variety of occasions, with that tangy, fresh acidity making it so lively.”

Boutinot RRP £11.49

ABV 12.5%

WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA 2011

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n a sparkling wine scene that has never been more competitive, you need something special to stand out from the fizzy crowd. Or, as in the case of KWV’s 100% Chardonnay fizz, three things. The first? Well, when so many producers are rushing out their cuvées onto the bandwagon before they’re remotely ready, here’s a wine that has had plenty of time both on the lees – three years –and in the bottle post-disgorgement. The second: despite all that time in the cellar, the price is extraordinarily fair: how many mature sparkling wines come with an RRP under £15? And the third: well, as the Top 100 judges said, it’s a “really delicious and satisfying wine”. They added: “There’s an intriguing chalky texture and lots of richness, with dried fruit and raisin notes. “All that comes with really beautiful acidic support. This would be an excellent and characterful addition to any range of sparkling wine.”

North South Wines RRP £14.99 ABV 12.5%

The Wine Merchant Top 100

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The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019  

The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019

The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019  

The Wine Merchant Top 100 Winners Supplement 2019

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