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The Hour’s World Cup wine: the final

Mon 07 Jun 2010 14:01


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Over the last few weeks The Hour has been comparing the tastiest wines from the top eight top-seeded countries in the World Cup against each other, in what has been a tense and exciting contest!

It was a fierce battle, but the tastiest tipples shone through with England’s pick winning over spain, Argentina winning over The Netherlands, Germany beating Italy and South Africa reigning over Brazil.

Now wine guru Tom Cannavan has selected a range of new wines to represent each of the countries which made it through to The Hour’s World Cup final. Here he reveals his top picks for England, Germany, Argentina and South Africa.

1. Gunderloch, Fritz's Riesling 2008, Germany, priced at £8.99 from Majestic
German organisation and precision might win the day normally, but this tasty wine selected by Tom comes from a young woman with winemaking experience in Australia.

This selection is bursting with fruit an freshness and has an off-dry but zesty flavour, with tasting cues of nuts, pears and limes.

2. Chapel Down, Bacchus 2008, England, priced at £9.99 from M&S
The plucky English might well step up the mark with this wine, made from Bacchus, a variety of grape that is popular in England, largely because it can ripen well even when the conditions are not ideal.

This particular wine has a certain Sauvignon Blanc-like character, and has tasting cues of apples, lemons, and elderflower.


3. Boschendal, 1685 Shiraz 2008, South Africa, priced at £8.49 from Sainsbury's
The host nation has made it to the final of The Hour’s World Cup wine contest, and though a bit of an unknown quantity, Shiraz is big news in the Cape and is seen by many as potentially their best red wine grape.

This, from an estate with 400 years of history, is a seductive example of what all the fuss is about. With tasting cues of chocolate, black berries and peppercorns, this full-bodied Shiraz is a real treat for the senses.

4. Vinalba, Malbec Syrah 2008, Argentina , priced at £7.62 from Asda
Arguably the world's most passionate and talented football nation, and no slouches in the vineyard either, this wine impressed even picky wine expert Tom Cannavan.

With an intriguing blend of Argentina's key grape, Malbec with Syrah made in a bold, confident style, this wine has lovely flavours of prunes, chocolate and plums.

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