Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

And the Winner Is - Us

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

And the Winner Is - Us

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Byline: andrew campbell ON WINE

THIS Easter saw a full blown battle to attract shoppers to the booze aisles. And the winner in the supermarket price war was...us, the customers.

Asda led the field with a mass of high-quality single bottle discounts along with a 6-for-PS25 offer on well-known brands including Hardy's Nottage Hill, Wolf Blass Red Label and Casillero del Diablo. At just over PS4 a bottle it's hard to see how they were making any money.

That deal ends on April 8 but Tesco's 25 per cent off six bottles offer remains until April 21 - giving some great bargains when added to other discounts.

Sainsbury's offered some lines at 3-for-PS12. However it's with Waitrose that I begin and a top quality Chilean red that's reduced by a quarter to PS9.74 until April 14.

Errazuriz Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, pictured right, scooped an International Wine Challenge (IWC) silver last year and with very good reason. Crafted from old vines and bolstered by 12 months ageing in oak, it's a dense, super-concentrated mix of fruit and creamy vanilla with great depth and length.

Aromas of vanilla, blackcurrant, plum and hints of pencil shavings lead to a ripe palate laden with plummy fruit and some welcome acidity to finish.

This is a special wine that's great value with the discount.

Also reduced by a quarter, to PS7.49, in Waitrose, is the Errazuriz Estate Series Syrah 2013. Once again one of Chile's oldest and best wineries shows its skill in producing a fresh intense red with dark fruit and plum flavours mingled with pepper and herbs.

The syrah picked up an IWC bronze - as did the Errazuriz Estate Series Sauvignon Blanc 2014 from Chile's Aconcagua region. Also reduced to PS7.49 in Waitrose until April 14, it's a crisp sauvignon with flavours of lime, gooseberry and hints of green apple and tropical fruit.

Chile's wine industry is following spectacularly in the footsteps of New Zealand's which led the New World in its production of top quality sauvignon blanc and other international varieties.

After a patchy start, Burgundy's temperamental red grape pinot noir is now flourishing Down Under (and in Chile) with quality matching some of France's top producers but without the hugely inflated prices. …

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