I wish you a bubbly Christmas

Posted On October 26, 2006

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Excuse my excitement. It’s not that long until Christmas and about now I usually start looking around for ways to top up my cache of Champagnes and fizz. It’s a bit like squirrels hiding acorns (only more rewarding, I feel).

There are offers everywhere. Oddbins has six Champers for the price of five and Morrisons, offer cuts of up to £3.50 a bottle on 20 sparkling bottles, including nine Champagnes, until November 12.

Meanwhile, the pick of this week’s offerings are: Tatachilla 2005 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc Chenin Blanc (£5.49, Waitrose) a three-way blend lovingly amalgamated into a delicious white with a nose reminiscent of squeezed limes and mineral smoke. It’s almost sherbety and great with shellfish.

Chileno Gold 2004 Shiraz Cabernet (£5.99, Somerfield) smells of sweetened grapefruit, with a crush of nettle leaves in a rounded and very elegant white.

Leopard’s Leap 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon (£6.99, Threshers, three for price of two) is packed with blackcurrant, blueberry and plum aromas and is soft and ripe-fruited, finishing dry. It’ll love bangers and mash.

Considering Candela Inspiration 2005 Unoaked Chardonnay (£5.99, Threshers, or three for the price of two) hasn’t been matured in oak barrels, this Argentinian is spectacularly buttery, with flashes of citrus cutting through. And the ripe fruit stands out a mile. Decadent.

I’m not long back from Germany and the devastatingly dry rieslings of the Rheingau, so the “off-dry sweetness” in Leitz Rudesheimer Rosengarten 2005 Riesling Kabinett (£7.99, Waitrose) certainly seemed different. Happily, there’s acidity aplenty to balance it all out though.