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Brancott Estate 'Letter Series' Sauvignon Gris 2011
Brancott Estate 'Letter Series' Sauvignon Gris 2011

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A pair of wines this week that have no connection other than the grape varieties offer something a little different.

Tempranillo may not be widely recognised on its own, partly because it seldom finds its way on to the front of the label. But it’s the red grape of Spain and in particular Rioja.

Another reason for perhaps not being so well-known despite its widespread planting is that it’s known under a number of different names including Tinto Fino, Tinta de Toro and perhaps my favourite name for any grape – Cencibel.

It’is capable of making very fine wines. Campo Viejo Tempranillo 2010, Rioja (from £8.39) is a well-made example from a major producer, with red fruits, some vanilla and spice.

Top tipple

Brancott Estate ‘Letter Series’ Sauvignon Gris 2011, Marlborough

Sounds similar to sauvignon blanc, but more restrained with flavours more akin to elderflower followed by minerals and crisp finish.

Sainsbury’s, £13.15