Wine for under £10 – El Esteco

el estecoNow you would know by now that I love Tannat grape juice, e.g. wine made of the Tannat Grape.

So I had to try Marks & Spencer’s El Esteco Tannat 2008 for £5.99. A real bargain if you asked me. Normally the Tannat grape is associated with South West France, however Fabian Miranda has grown the grapes with a balanced tannic structure in Argentina. The grapes are grown in the Calchagqui Valley in the far north where the high altitude brings cold nights, which retains freshness and sunny days for the full flavour.

Product Details reveal the Tannat grape as dry, 13.5% alcohol which is equivalent to 10.1 units per bottle.
It’s clearly made with a UK palate in mind, with juicy, youthful berry fruit and chocolate. (Harpers Tasting Panel, August 2008).