Followed a couple of recent wine tips on Twitter and came up trumps each time. Blake Creedon (@blakecreedon) had recommended Villa Maria’s reduced price Sauvignon Blanc while Tom Doorley (@tomdoorley) had highlighted Macon Villages.

Picked up the Villa Maria SB in Tesco Mahon. Colour is light strawy and the nose is aromatic. On the palate it is fruity, yet dry and tangy, and generously flavored on the long finish.

Villa Maria is New Zealand’s largest family owned company in the wine business and this bottle, from their Private Bin, is their third series wine.

Found the Macon Village 2009 in Aldi as Tom suggested and noted it that it is a Decanter Bronze medal winner. Again, the colour of this Chardonnay is pale straw and the nose is aromatic, moderately so. In the mouth, it is crisply fruity (apples, I think) but with a stony acidity and a rewarding finish. Lovely stuff at the price, as Tom says.

Villa Maria Private Bin Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2010, 13%, Tesco €8.00 (down from over 12). PR: 88
Macon Villages (Chardonnay) Henri de Lorgere, 13%, Aldi €6.95. PR: 90. Tom also recommended Aldi’s Bushland’s Gewurz but it wasn’t available at my local Aldi.