ALISTAIR GIBSON: Vegan-friendly wines from a trailblazing supermarketÂ
The Co-op's wine range maybe not be the largest of the high street supermarketsÂ but it more than punches above its size when it comes to what's on offer.Â
The Co-op has always been a champion of Fairtrade wines. It was the first food retailerÂ in the UK to label allergens and ingredients in its wines, and has recently turned itsÂ attention to increasing its range of vegan-friendly wines.
Peter Yealands Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Marlborough (Co-op Â£6.49 on offer fromÂ Â£9.49 untilÂ June 12) is classic Marlborough and what really appeals to me with thisÂ wine is that there isn't that lickÂ of sweetness on the finish now often found inÂ New Zealand sauvignon blanc in the sub-Â£10 range.
The nose has gooseberry,Â elderflower and a touch of peach, followed by a very fresh mouthfeel with reallyÂ well-balanced zesty acidity.
This will be a summer crowd pleaser, it's excellentÂ value while on offer and at only 12.5 per cent it's fairly low in alcohol as well.
Match withÂ some smoked salmon or simply grilled fish, you almost don't need the lemon.
IÂ read a quote the other day from an Aussie winemaker, deriding the impact of KiwiÂ sauvignon blanc onÂ Australia or the '˜Savalanche'Â as he called it.
It really does seemÂ that Marlborough sauvignon blanc is taking over the world, so if your yearning for aÂ change as well then Truly Irresistible Gavi 2017 (Co-op Â£8.49) is a good place to start.
Made from the Italian indigenous variety cortes, it has a fairly restrained nose ofÂ crisp apples, white flowers and citrus, followed by a very clean, mineral-led palate.Â
Not overly complex but a lovely wine to match with some Asian inspired dishes.Â
Sticking to alternative grape varieties, riesling is one of the most food friendlyÂ grapes, and so often overlooked.
Jim Barry is one of the great names in AustralianÂ wine and Jim Barry The Lodge Hill Riesling 2017, Clare Valley (Co-op Â£9.99) isÂ absolutely a great introduction to this style of wine and a firm favourite in myÂ house.
The bouquet is very aromatic with lime, green apple and grapefruitÂ followed by a really juicy, fresh palate with more citrus and some minerals.
It's delicious butÂ this wine is still in the first flush of its youth and if youÂ have the patience to put it away for a little while then it will offer even more overÂ the next year or so.Â Â
Again, great matched with Asian dishes or some fresh seafood.Â
Lastly, a red, Las Moras Barrel Select Malbec 2017, San Juan (Co-op Â£5.99 on fferÂ from Â£7.99 untilÂ June 12) is a really well put together wine, with the fruit notÂ overpowered by the oak, which is so often the case with Argentinian malbec at thisÂ level.
There are dark fruits, including plum and blackberry, spice, and a littleÂ chocolate followed by more dark fruit and spice and lively acidity on the palate.
It's simple, but very drinkable, and perfect with barbecued burgers on aÂ summer's evening.Â