Tasting table

04 September, 2008

What the OLN imbibers have been sampling this month

Marqués de la Concordia Magister Durius 2002, Bacchalia TWS, rrp £35

Rich oak, blackcurrant and strawberry nose; good structure, a

full-bodied palate,

with smoke and

bacon notes. Long finish. Perfect with comfort food . CB

Vergelegen Sauvignon Blanc 2008 ,

rrp £12.99

Grapes from a single vineyard are given 18 hours' skin contact and cool-fermented at 14-16ºC. Restrained, fresh, light and eleg ant with pronounced melon and pineapple notes, as well as citrus and green fruit . Worth holding on to. CB

Sainsbury's Hungarian Pinot Grigio 2007

It might have a

short finish, but this

crisp, summery wine has intense tropical fruits on the nose, with ripe apple, pineapple and citrus fruits on the palate.

Perfect match with delicately flavoured foods

such as salad or grilled chicken.LC

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