Wine test: Eight drinks to pour into a May celebration

May is a month for celebration, whether it be the Royal Wedding, warmer weather or the second bank holiday weekend.

Tuesday, 8th May 2018, 2:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 8th May 2018, 2:36 pm
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Here are eight wines to get the party started.

You can’t go wrong with a crisp white and Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£11.85 from various supermarkets) captures the essence of Malborough with fresh herbs and a hint of lime,

In the same type of wine, The Cellar Selection Sauvignon Blanc 2017 (£13.85 from Majestic) is juicy and just busting with the aroma of full bodied fruit.

Push the boat out with the Reserve Clifford Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2017, at £15.95 from Sainsbury’s.

It is a classic example of a Sauvignon Blanc with plenty of flavours to explore and a refreshing finish.

It was recently World Malbec Day (yes, really) and you could do a lot worse than Tributo Malbec 2015.

It’s elegant and soft with some spicy hints in the lively red colour, but not overpoweringly so, and costs £13.30 from North and South Wines.

Dark and brooding, the Left Field Malbec 2014 is chocolatey and rich, a decadent treat on its own or a match for red meat.

It costs £17.45 from

Back to the whites, and the Left Field Albarino 2017 is recommended for spring due to its peach and melon infused flavours.

It’s available for £14.55 from Wine Rack.

Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 (£10.60, Mitchells Vinters) is rich and has an exotic feel, think guava and pineapple rather than the usual apple.

One to roll out for a day in the garden.

Hancock & Hancock Fiano 2017 is another tropical feast, but on the dry and refreshing side.

It’s recommended to go with Asian food as a contrast to all that spice and costs £14.80 from The Wine Reserve.