This major culinary event of the year deserves the best wines says Wackus Bacchus. He tastes one red, one white and one bubbly from our three suppliers M&S, Waitrose and Majestic.
Corte Ibla Nero d’Avola Single Estate Sicily 2015 M&S, £12.50
Deep youthful ruby red, attractive rum and raisin nose, lush fruit with grainy tannins. A finely crafted wine from a top estate on this wonderful Mediterranean Island. Perfect for those who like beef at Christmas and prefer a hefty red to go with it.
Winemaker Series Shiraz Kevin O’Brien 2016 McLaren Vale Aus Majestic, £11.99, Mix six £8.99
Deep, dark, brooding red. Powerful aromas of black olive, very concentrated and more reminiscent of Northern Rhone.
Soft smooth and concentrated, with a rich long finish. Winemaker Kevin recommends it with pork. Who am I to argue?
Jackson Estate Homestead Pinot Noir Marlborough NZ 2014 Waitrose, £13.99
Lighter ruby red, gorgeous, delicate nose, with berry fruits and forest floor. A light red that really packs a punch on the palate, with seriously rich concentrations of flavour and delicious sweet ripe fruit. This would be perfect with traditional turkey and all the trimmings.
Graham Beck Brut Rose Pinot Noir Chardonnay NV Majestic, £14.99. Mix six £12.99
Pale pretty pink bubbly with a fine mousse. Lovely attractive nose, beautifully dry on the attack with attractive strawberry fruit and minerality. Really quite serious, hardly a surprise as it’s make by one of the most talented winemakers in South Africa.
Pale yellow, clean attractive, elegant nose.
Champagne Blanc de Noirs NV Waitrose, £21.99
Blanc de Noirs means white wine from black grapes, in this case, Pinot Noir and not the lesser Pinot Meuniere bouquet, with raspberry overtones, the palate is very attractive, soft and gentle bubbles and creamy, yeasty finish
Cremant De Bourgogne – Le Caves Des Hautes Cotes NV M&S, £12
Pale gold with aromas of peaches and blossom with creamy effervescent palate. It’s made in the traditional method, ie fermented in the bottle like Champagne using Pinot Noir, Aligote, Chardonnay and Gamay grapes.
Chardonnay Le Village Domaine de la Metairie d’Alon 2016 Majestic £14.99, Mix six £12.99
Pale lemon, discreet elegant nose with hints of honeysuckle. The palate is as refined as any white Burgundy (bearing in mind this is from The Aude, much further South) with citrus characters, gentle creamy texture and gorgeous mineral qualities. A finely crafted white which would accompany your fishy starters and equally your main course poultry.
Chateau Souverain Chardonnay California 2014 Waitrose, £10.99
Pale gold,again very discreet elegant nose, showing peach and apricot. Restrained palate, beautifully fresh with hints of honey, citrus and a deft touch of vanilla. Balance is the key to this impressive white, and it would weigh in nicely against creamy fish starters and the turkey itself.
Viré-Cléssé Florent Rouve Burgundy 2014 M&S, £14
Mid gold, crisp yet rounded dry white with stone fruit and citrus aromas followed by beautifully textured and mineral flavoured palate.This Viré-Clessé is made in the heart of Mâconnais, in Southern Burgundy, but has the qualities of more classic Cote d’Or appellations like Meursault. Turkey friendly.