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Golf Today Wines of the Month from Superplonk.

Welcome to the Golf Today Wines of the month, brought to you by Malcolm Gluck's Superplonk.com. Malcolm Gluck is the Guardian's wine correspondent and each year publishes his Superplonk guide to the best value wines on the high street. Every wine is rated on the Superplonk scale, representing a combination of quality and superb value for money. You can learn more about the Superplonk ratings on www.superplonk.com but rest assured that 16 points or better represents outstanding wines so you wont go wrong with anything here.

New World, Old World, Red, White or Sparkling, there is something for everyone here to crack open at the 19th hole.

All of the featured wines are among Malcolm's current top recommendations this month. Click on the link for each wine to take you to Superplonk, where can learn more about these and thousands of other great wines. You will find a "Click to Buy" link for each one that takes your fancy.

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The Whites.

Quiltro Sauvignon Blanc 2001
http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=7455 (Chile): 16.5 points, £3.99, Oddbins .Superb nutty fruit, not classic tangy gooseberry, but delicious pear/pineapple/gooseberry. Fantastic quality of tongue-wear for the money.

Rosemount Chardonnay 2000 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=4527
(Australia): 17 points, available for £4.95 at Asda until 19th May, or for £6.99 at Tesco, Thresher, Virgin Wines, Wine Rack and Bottoms Up.
Rich yet subtle. Superb class.

Jackson Estate Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2001 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=6321
(New Zealand): 15.5 points, £8.99, Tesco, Oddbins
More screwcapped brilliance from the Kiwis. Very fine gooseberry fruit here of great richness.

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Fairview Viognier 2001 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=6518
(South Africa): 16.5 points, £8.99, Waitrose, Sainsbury's.
The loveliest viognier in Africa? Possibly. Has smoky peach and apricot fruit with lovely acids. Overall, it's subtle and delicate yet wonderfully persistent.

Domaine Plantade Chardonnay/Viognier VdP d'Oc 2001 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=7262
(France): 16 points, £4.49, Majestic
Wonderfully fine and minerally with great citrus and apricot length. Made to be drunk in the sunshine.

The Reds

Top Dog Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=7457
(Chile): 17 points, £6.99, Oddbins
Superb depth of chocolate, nuts, tannins, cassis and cherries. Wonderful texture and ripeness but it's the sheer depth of the liquid which makes the drinker gag with pleasure.

Domaine des Bouziers Cabernet Franc VdP d'Oc 2000 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=5042
(France): 16.5 points, £4.99, Sainsbury's.
Quite superb class to the texture, hints (heavy) of black cherries, plums and blackberries, good tannins (well integrated) and an overall concentrated richness of calm, controlled deliciousness. Selected stores.

Labeye Cuvee Guilhem Minervois 2000 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=6574
(France): 17.5 points, £4.99, Oddbins.
A 100% syrah masterpiece of tobacco, grilled tannins, chocolate, herbs and cocoa on the finish.

Tim Adams Shiraz 1999 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=4524
(Australia): 17 points, £8.99, Tesco.
One of Oz's class acts with its texture, evolved tannins and build-up of exciting textures in the throat. A lovely wine of class and distinction. Unerringly delicious and well-balanced. Great value here considering how obscenely priced some Aussie shirazes have become. Selected stores.

Inycon Merlot 2000 http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=6176
(Italy): 16.5 points, £4.99, Tesco, Safeway, Co-op, Morrisons, Somerfield. One of Italy's most satisfyingly structured and sanely priced merlots offering terrific texture and rich fruit of immediacy yet complex depth.

The Sparklers

Cava Brut NV, Somerfield http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=653
(Spain): 16.5 points, £4.99, Somerfield.
What a seductive cracker of a bubbly this is! It has superb nutty dryness, a hint of under-ripe melon (or is it gooseberry?) and it has an elegant, paradoxical dry/soft finish of style and wit. Better than numerous champagnes at twice or even three times the price.

Pelorus 1996, Cloudy Bay http://www.superplonk.com/reviews/winefinder_moreinfo.asp?spid=4411
(New Zealand): 17 points, £15.99, Unwins, Virgin, Majestic
Has the insouciance to imitate Krug and better it. Has the tang of wild raspberry and croissants but with the classic crisp finish. One of civilisation's great wines under £20.


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