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Dedicated readers will have realised by now that we have switched the column to a fortnightly rota. So as to work up a thirst, you understand!

And if there are wines that you have bought locally in-between time, that you rate, why not drop me a line at http://www.sussexwinelist.co.uk

Now I promised to keep Bexhill readers in mind, and throw in a recommendation from Ravenside every so often…

Well we went there today to find some teething granules for the youngest, and I took the opportunity to slope off and check out what little gems Tesco might have on offer.

For those of you with expensive tastes, I heard over the tannoy that they are selling Dom Perignon champagne at half price.

But I digress. What I found up high on the shelves was an uninspiring looking label, but a real treat for white wine lovers.

Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Australia, is famous for its Semillon wines. The grape is a favourite of mine, and makes up one half of the traditional White Bordeaux blend.

This 2010 Denman Vineyard Semillon (selected by Tesco) was a lovely medium lemon colour with an interesting first set of aromas – marmalade, apples and more exotic fruit. After a swirl in the glass they were fresher and crisper, giving a whiff of lemon sherbet.

Dry and full bodied on the palate, it had the most detailed flavours of ripe lemons – from the rind, through the flesh, to the lemonade that it might make for a hot summer’s day.

It will keep and develop in bottle if you can stop yourself from drinking it now. And will be a very good partner to a meaty fish, or a Thai supper. Down £2 to £7.99, it is on offer until 6 September.

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Wednesday lunchtime.  I only had a few minutes in the Tesco at Ravenside…

I had to get some salad and a chicken breast for my no carbs lunch, newborn formula milk powder and toilet roll. 

Would I have space to between the third and fourth fingers on my right hand to grab a bottle neck and shuffle my way over to a cashier without dropping the lot? 

You’d be proud of me.  I completed the no-basket-challenge without any breakages and what’s more, bagged a pearler of a wine bargain, which my partner enjoyed with her blended ratatouille on Thursday night.

Gran Conti, Rosso del Molise, DOC, Riserva 2007, (selected by Tesco), 13% vol, £4.99 at Bexhill Tesco’s

This was in the offers section – half price – and the offer is on (I think) until 21 June.

Here’s my tasting note, followed by info from the label:

Appearance
Clear, medium‾ ruby

Nose
Clean, developing in the bottle; medium+ intensity; first aromas – black cherries, prunes, molasses, leather, woodland smells; second nose was more closed (bizarrely), but similar

Palate
Dry, medium+ acidity, medium tannins; medium+ alcohol, medium body, medium+ flavours – smoke, dried figs, blackcurrant, more leather; medium+ length

Conclusions
Good, inexpensive; drink now although will keep for a bit (label says no longer than a couple of years after purchase; I reckon at least by the next General Election)

Label also says
‘A generous and richly textured dry red wine.  Made from a blend of Montepulciano and Aglianico grape varieties grown in the hilly Molise region of Central Italy, it exudes bramble fruit flavours and its richness is balanced by sweet spiced notes.’

Although we had it with the aubergine-based baby food and rice, this would be a terrific accompaniment to your favourite pizza!  And I’m a big fan of the ‘up-and-coming’ Aglianico grape.

Perry Points 7/10.  Excellent value for money.  Make sure to decant it, or serve it in big glasses so that it can breathe well…

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