Top Ten White Wines of 2012

Errazuriz Wild FermentTop Ten White Wines of 2012 this week. There will also be a Paula’s Top Ten Red Wine choices of 2012 and the Top Five Sparkling Wines of 2012. But no Top Ten Rosés or After Dinner wines. Because this year has seen a dearth of great tasting and great value wines that are a delightful pink colour and an even greater lack of wines to match the cheese and nuts course. But slurpable whites at a reasonable price there have been, in abundance - which made it very hard to knock the list back to just the top ten. But here they are ranging in price from £6.79 to £12.49 listed in order of which bottle to save first if the house floods.

Paula’s Top Ten White Wines of 2012

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Errazuriz Chilean Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2010

£10.64 Cambridge Wine Merchants and £12.49 Majestic

This wine made it into last year’s list and it’s here again this year because it’s so bloomin’ ace. Flavours of creamy pineapple with a bit of honey and some orange peel just to round things off. A nice balance between sweet and sour.

Caliterra Tributo2

Jointly awarded

Caliterra Chilean Tributo Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2009

£7.75 Bin21

A nice balance of body and richness: apple, lemon, little bit of honey and a creamy ending. There’s a little bit of everything going on this high class white.

Yali Chilean Viognier 2011

£8.74 Majestic (buy 2+ bottles for £6.99 each)

This reliable brand made it into the 2011 Top Ten with their Gerwurztraminer and this year it’s their wonderfully aromatic Viognier. Sniff wild flower meadows and lemon meringue wafting out of the glass followed by fruity lemon and melon flavours with a hint of sucking on a pencil. Very good.

Barefoot Moscato3

Jointly awarded

Barefoot Californian Moscato

£6.79 Ocado

This 8.5% alcohol by volume wine is best enjoyed chilled with desserts or cheese and biscuits. Buttery apricot with a lemon zing.

Co-op Fairtrade South African Wild Ferment Chenin Blanc

£7.99 Co-op

The Co-op do some really decent wines and their fairtrade selection is top notch. This complex white tastes initially of lemon and almond followed swiftly by celery leaf and some enamel-removing sucking-on-a-pebble and ending with a dollop of crème fraiche. And all for eight quid.

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The final five wines are all awarded joint fourth as they’re all as equally good as one another

Louis Jadot French Mâcon Villages 2011 Les Roches Blancs

£9.99 Majestic (buy 2+ bottles for £7.99 each) and £9.99 Bin21

Long-lasting deep flavours of lemon meringue with some digestive biscuit and parsley.

Mas de MontagneMas des Montagnes French Terroirs d’Altitude 2011

£9.99 Majestic (buy 2+ bottles for £7.99 each)

This blend of Macabeo and Malvoisie grape varieties isn’t designed to age gracefully in the cool confines of your cellar, or cardboard box in the spare room. So drink it now and enjoy butter and toast flavours. Similar in style to Pinot Grigio.

Fillaboa Spanish Albarino 2010

£11.49 M&S (when purchased as a case of 6 bottles)

Pineapple, pears, apples and elderflowers. Makes a good aperitif or cheese and biscuit matcher.

Dopff Pinot BlancTesco Finest French Grenache Marsanne 2010

£7.49 Tesco (or 2 for £12 until January 1)

This full-bodied light peach tasting wine is similar in style to a white port or fino sherry. Enjoy with roast chicken.

Dopff au Moulin French Alsace Pinot Blanc 2011

£11.90 Slurp.co.uk

Lightly minerally with melon and crisp apple flavours. Posh and subtle.

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