Hello! The Mothership here. Sarah has asked me to review another wine. She tells me that my previous review for the Toro Loco Tempanillo from Aldi has been getting lots of visits so she’s handed over the keyboard once again.
This time I’ve been asked to comment on Asda’s Extra Special Viognier 2011.
The wine is a delicate, clear, buttermilk colour. I found it dry and rounded – not too acidic. It was quite aromatic and smelled of over-ripe pear or melon. I thought it had a little bit of liveliness on the tongue (that might just be me says Sarah!) The wine was refreshing with flavours of apple and peach. It had a gently spicy finish with a touch of liquorice root and woodiness (Sarah adds: I think this is probably down to the fact that, according to the winemaker’s notes, during fermentation the wine comes into contact with some toasted French oak staves.)
I note that the alcohol level is a reasonably moderate 12.5%.
This is a characterful white wine, which I will endeavour to remember – although that can be a little tricky at my age! If this wine were playing a role in Les Miserables I’d say that it’s more your Jean Valjean than chorus soldier. So it’s not “One day more” but “One glass more!”
Imbibe and enjoy!
Extra Special Viognier 2011 costs £6.97 but the Asda people have told Sarah it’s on offer from this weekend until 20 February for £5.
W.O.W. Factor 7
P.S. I also tried Asda’s Wine Selection French Viognier which costs £4. It was OK for the money but the Extra Special one was more interesting and defined.