Great wine doesn’t always cost a fortune and having run out of wine at home (horror of horrors!) I rushed over to the little Co-op up the road with zero hope of finding something that would give my tastebuds a workout. I grabbed a white from Sicily from the Grillo grape. I have to admit the ‘retro’ label did appeal in the heat of the moment, but I was well rewarded for my £7 investment.
The Vanita Grillo has lovely lemony gold hue and bags of baked lemon flavour, with a dose of dried herbs and a touch of almond skin. This gives plenty of bang for your buck. All this refreshing flavour is matched by some balancing acidity, keeping this wine zippy and bright.
Grillo – The grape variety
Grillo is a grape that finds its home in Sicily and although it’s better known as one of the key grapes that makes the fortified (usually sweet) wine Marsala, It can make simple dry whites that offer ripe lemon and yellow apple flavours and better versions can add almond and savoury herbs. Coastal vineyards may give a whiff of salinity too.
Grape Variety: Grillo
Cost: £7 (Co-op)
Recommended – 89 points