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For the weekend: Great value wines

Decanter’s tasting team search the key tastings to hunt down the best value wines the supermarkets, high street and wine merchants can offer.

Try one of these great value Italian reds this weekend, without breaking the bank

See the top five wines in the collection below…



Each week we bring you new wines, so you can branch out from your usual choices, without breaking the bank – especially if you’re one of the wine drinkers who stick to the same wine for a decade.

Don’t forget to look at our selections of supermarket wines.


 

Contero, Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy, 2016

Contero, Brachetto d’Acqui, Piedmont, Italy, 2016

This light-bodied, low-alcohol sparkler is the perfect summer tipple to enjoy in your garden on a Sunday afternoon: it’s fresh and grapey with rose petal hints mingled with wild strawberry fruit. Sweet but surprisingly refreshing – and dangerously quaffable.

Points 90
Cigliuti, Vigna Serraboella, Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, 2014

Cigliuti, Vigna Serraboella, Barbera d'Alba, Piedmont, 2014

An impressive Barbera whose grapes are from the Barbaresco cru Serraboella, one of the most famous vineyards in the east of Neive. It’s deliciously fruity, full of red cherry and floral notes with a juicy intensity on the palate. Lots of grip and energy for a long life ahead.

Points 90
Andrea Oberto, Vantrino Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, 2015

Andrea Oberto, Vantrino Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, 2015

From a 16ha family-run business in La Morra, this is easy-drinking and delightful, with scented red and black cherry fruits and spice. A vibrant palate with crunchy black fruit and spicy characters balanced by firm tannins. A very enjoyable wine not to miss out on.

Points 91
Masciarelli, Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2013

Masciarelli, Marina Cvetic, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, 2013

This family concern has grown from 2.5ha to more than 300ha since the early 1980s. Created in 1997, this flagship wine is full of character: medium-weight with black fruit flavours, firm tannins balanced by floral scents and refreshing acidity. A great all-round foodie wine.

Points 91
Tenute Rubino, Lamo Ottavianello, Puglia, Italy, 2015

Tenute Rubino, Lamo Ottavianello, Puglia, Italy, 2015

Ottavianello is the Italian name for Cinsault. This is pretty and elegant with floral scents, red cherry and pomegranate fruit. It has a delicate palate with bright fruit characters and vivid acidity on the finish. A crowd-pleaser, to be enjoyed with light Italian pasta dishes.

Points 90
Gasper, Malvazija, Slovenia, 2014

Gasper, Malvazija, Slovenia, 2014

This smart offering is a joint venture between the local co-op and the talented Gasper Carman, named Slovenia’s Best Sommelier in 2015. This Malvasia has floral and stone-fruit aromas with lime overtones. The fresh, zesty palate has spring floral characters, yet is well rounded with almond and honey intensity.

Points 91