The great thing about wine is that there are always new wines to be tried, and so here are three wines that offer something slightly different for the start of the new year.
Rioja is dominated by Spain’s very own Tempranillo grape, but Campo Viejo Garnacha 2012, Rioja (Ocado £8.69, Asda £8.50) is made from Garnacha – known as Grenache in the Rhone Valley – and what a refreshing change it is, light bodied and very fresh with cherry fruit, herbs and a little spice and a nice silky finish, which works perfectly with a bowl of pasta on a chilly evening.
Gavi 2012 La Toledana (Majestic £10.99 buy 2 for £7.99) is a wonderful alternative to Chablis, very fresh with minerals, peach kernels and almond oil and bright acidity and would go very nicely with some plain grilled fish.
TOP TIPPLE: Montes Twins Malbec Cabernet Suvignon 2012, Colchagua.
Here is an interesting blend of two grapes not usually seen together; indeed Malbec is more usually seen in Argentina rather than Chile. There are black fruits, liquorice, spices and a little vanilla from some oak ageing, with some nice firm but ripe tannins, finishing with a velvety lick of fruit. Great label as well, it just needs a nice grilled steak to go with it.
Majestic £11.24, buy 2 for £8.99 each.