Wines for the January blues

McVitie's Digestive Biscuits. Picture: iNews TIN-170521-i18350302

McVitie’s are shrinking their biscuit packets because of ‘rising costs’

Have your say

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 ( £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