Every week the Decanter editorial team are busy tasting the latest best value wines, from supermarkets and wine merchants. Combined with recommendations from our experts, we’ve picked out an exciting range of some of the best wines for under £20 to seek out.
Best red wines under £20
In our latest selection, some of the best red wines come in at under £10, such as a ‘gorgeous’ Chilean Merlot and a Rioja Crianza with ‘ elegant red berry fruits, black tea and ripe tannins on the palate.’
Argentina is often a good place to look to for great value wines, and below there is a Malbec that’s ‘a good value blend from vineyards in different parts of the Uco Valley, part-aged in French oak.’
For a ‘light-bodied summer red, perfect for chilling, for under £5′, look no further than the Pierre Jaurant, Limited Edition Beaujolais 2018 from Aldi, which ‘punches above its weight for the price.’
At the top end of our price limit, there’s a ‘terrific’ Southern Rhône for £18 from the Wine Society, which is ‘full of appeal, bursting with spicy red fruits and yes, a definite note of fig, warm, with structure and depth of flavour’. There’s also a Rioja Reserva from a ‘great vintage and reliable producer’, from Bodegas Muga, at £19.99.
Best white wines under £20
One of our top white wines to seek out is a Chablis from established producer J Moreau & Fils, made for Sainsbury’s, which is ‘great value for the price’ at £15 a bottle.
Or if you’re looking to try something a bit different, there’s a ‘moreish’ Greek white wine, which will please those who are a fan of Torrontès or Alsace Gewurztraminer.
There’s also a ‘really inviting, bright Chardonnay at an excellent price,’ from Awatere Valley, a Washington State Riesling, that’s ‘with floral, honeyed apple and peach notes’ and a Muscadet with ‘crisp lemon and green apple peel on the palate, plus a grassy, white pepper spiced undertone. ‘
In the way of the best sparkling wine under £20, if you want something made in the traditional method, there’s a very drinkable cava that’s ‘fresh, harmonious and faintly toasty’, or a Crémant with ‘creamy, yeasty aromas, with hints of citrus, beeswax and nuts.’
As well as Prosecco, there’s a more unusual Italian sparkling, there’s a Lambrusco which is a perfect accompaniment to ‘dry-cured meats and chunks of aged Parmigiano’.
With summer here, it’s time to look for some of the best rosé wines – one that would be a good conversation piece, there’s ‘a vibrant, upbeat English still rosé made by blending Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, Chardonnay, Bacchus, Reichensteiner, Schönburger and Dornfelder.’
Or transport yourself to the south of France with Aldi’s Languedoc rosé, with ‘bright aromas and flavours of tangy summer pudding fruit and soft spice.’