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2011 Allegrini, Valoplicella, Veneto

( £8, 13%, Liberty Wines )

Juicy, modern Valpol with more weight than most examples of Italy’s wine bar red. Unoaked, packed with brambly, raspberry fruit and bright acidity. A wine that surprises you with its seriousness. Perfect for a screwcap closure. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-15Similar Wines: £5-£10, 86-90, Italy, Red
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2012 Grosset Polish Hill Riesling, Clare Valley, South Australia

( £23, 12.5%, Liberty Wines )

Polish Hill is always the tightest and most restrained of Jeffrey Grosset’s wines and that’s the case here, but this excellent dry Riesling seems a little more open than usual. It’s floral and delicate with lovely, minerally acidiity and notes of lime and green apple. Long and complex.

BuyDrinking window: 2012-20Similar Wines: £20-£30, 91-95, Australia, White, Riesling
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2011 Pieropan, Veneto, Soave

( £11, 12%, Liberty Wines )

Pieropan makes some of my favourite Soaves. Its single vineyard wines are sublime, but its larger, entry point blend is pretty good, too. This has a white pepper fragrance, with stony minerality on the palate and a fresh, almost saline finish. Good to see it under screwcap, too. 

BuyDrinking window: 2012-15Similar Wines: £10-£20, 86-90, Italy, White, Garganega