I've blogged about the wines from Spar before and had a chance recently to update myself with their latest offerings not surprisingly with the Christmas period in mind. I was certainly more impressed this time around as I think were many of my wine loving colleagues who also tasted what was on offer.
The highlights for me were two whites and one red.
The own label Gavi was a whole lot better than many cheap supermarket Gavis. Gavi suffers in the same way that Soave did some years ago, and to some extent still does. Consumers seem to have taken to it so producers produce more to meet demand with yields going up and standards and the resulting quality going down. This however had lovely aromas reminiscent of fennel, with some weight in the mouth from the use of barrels and with a lovely tangy finish. Amazing value for a Gavi at £5 during offer periods, £6 being the normal price.
Their Sancerre with the label Chene St Louis at £8.99 had appealing green apple aromas along with some grassiness. The palate was fresh and vibrant with the flavours lingering long, the sign of a well made wine.
To finish it all was the Barolo, the 2007 from Valle Vento. Pouring this into the glass made me want to drink it. It had a wonderful bright colour with aromas of rose petals and dark fruit. Lots of bramble fruit on the palate also and, all in all, a great wine at the dinner table. At £9.99 on offer I'll certainly be buying some but even at the normal price of £14.99 it is still great value for what traditionally is an expensive wine.
A enjoyable selection and I was amazed to find out that 25% of the turnover of Spar is from wine sales. That's impressive.