This week has made me think once again about the contrasts in the world of wine. It’s a broad church and there’s something for everyone whether it’s big bucks Bordeaux or zany Zinfandel.
One morning I attended a tasting organised by Koshu producers in Japan. Koshu is a pretty pink skinned grape which makes delicate, ethereal wines. Think Muscadet but even lighter. The front-woman for Koshu in the UK, the enthusiastic Lynne Sherriff MW (Master of Wine), told the tasters that Koshu was never going to be ‘mass market’ in the UK and she was comfortable with that. We’re not talking mega-money here but at £20+ a bottle, that’s around four times as much as the average Brit spends on a bottle of wine.
That same day I also tried the Tavernello trio (as I’ve christened them.) Tavernello is Italy’s number one selling wine brand and they’ve just launched in the, UK selling affordable wines via Morrisons.
I was sent three wine samples to try. Two whites – a Trebbiano Chardonnay 2012 and a Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011 and a red from Sangiovese 2011. I was rather disappointed by the Garganega Pinot Grigio. It was floral and peachy – drinkable but forgettable. The Analyst said it was “much too sharp.” The Sangiovese didn’t really float my boat either. It was fruity and quaffable – but lacked any substance and seemed a bit too sweet (although it is a dry wine).
Our top of the trio was the Trebbiano Chardonnay 2012. This wine had a bit more about it. An appley/lemony aroma, some creamy apple and pear flavours and a bit of texture too. It’s dry, but not bone dry and it is pleasantly gluggable with a bit of length. There’s no oak – so don’t worry about being overwhelmed by clumsy wood and vanilla.
All the wines have an alcohol level of 12%.
The Tavernello trio each cost £3.99 and I think the Trebbiano Chardonnay ‘delivers’ at that price.
W.O.W. Factor 6
(The Garganega Pinot Grigio 2011 the Sangiovese 2011 would get half a W.O.W. Factor mark less.)