Mid-week tipple: An exquisite Chardonnay and a South African with a punch

Each week John Wilson picks two wines to try at home, this week The Exquisite Collection Chardonnay 2014 and a Kaapzicht Estate Red 2011

The Exquisite Collection Chardonnay 2014, Limestone Coast, Australia


€8.49 from Aldi

Aldi have a range of wines under the title ‘Exquisite Collection’ . I wouldn’t go quite that far, but some of the wines are very drinkable, and all are inexpensive. From the Limestone Coast, one of the lesser-known but highly-rated regions of Australia, this is an unoaked Chardonnay. It has very palatable fresh plump pear fruits, with plenty of zesty acidity to back it up. This would make a good summer glugger, to drink on its own, or with fish, chicken and salads.


Kaapzicht Estate Red 2011, Stellenbosch, South Africa


€14.95 from Whelehan’s Wines, Loughlinstown

I featured the white Chenin Blanc from this producer last year; it is an excellent fruit-filled dry white and worth buying to go alongside this red. If you enjoy light, restrained and elegant red wines, look away now. The Kaapzicht Estate red, made from a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, is an intense experience. Full-bodied wine and rich with concentrated smooth mint and cassis fruits. It packs a fair punch; this would be ideal with barbequed red meats.