Majestic reds

Maretti Langhe Rosso 2013, Piedmont

Maretti Langhe Rosso 2013, Piedmont

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Few would argue that as Majestic has grown it contains fewer of the gems that made its name. However there are still some interesting, good value wines to be found, like these reds.

This week’s best label and name goes to Hey Malbec! 2013, Mendoza (Majestic £14.99, £9.99 for two). The wine is good as well, dark with ripe black fruits, spice and liquorice, followed by juicy, pure fruit flavours. It just needs a steak to go with it.

Spain is Europe’s best-value wine area now and Finca Carelio Tempranillo 2011, Castilla y Leon (Majestic £9.99, £6.99 for two) shows why. This is pure Spanish wine in your glass: vanilla oak, blackberries and strawberries followed by an earthy but fruit-led palate. Great value.

My top tipple this week is Maretti Langhe Rosso 2013, Piedmont (Majestic £11.99, £8.99 for two). There is 30 per cent of the region’s best red grape, Nebbiolo, in this blend. Think Barolo. Raspberry and cherry, some earthiness, a slightly sour twist. Try with a tomato-based pasta dish.

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