Wines for the January blues

Rachel Roddy

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Drink less but better quality would be my advice for this time of the year and here are a few wines to put that to the test.

Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc Block 5 2011, Casablanca Valley (winedirect.co.uk £14.50 or £13.50 by the case) is a mile away from the ocean of cheap Chilean sauvignon blancs that fill the shelves.

Made by Ignacio Racaberren, Chile’s leading winemaker, from a single block within a single vineyard, this has a real touch of complexity with

citrus, herbs and some minerality on the nose and a lovely juicy mouth feel with balanced acidity and a long finish.

Possibly Chile’s finest Sauvignon Blanc; try with some plain grilled fish or an aromatic curry.

Alternatively trade up a little in Rioja and you can also get some seriously delicious examples.

Cune Reserva 2009

Made from a blend of 80 per cent Tempranillo and 20% Grenache this was aged in both French and American oak for 18 months.

A really inviting nose of brambles, red fruits, spice, violets and coffee is

followed by soft tannins, bright red fruits and a silky finish. Perfect with a Sunday roast leg of lamb.

Majestic £13.99, buy 2 for £9.99, Waitrose & Ocado £12.99