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Top ten: White wines under £25

Whether you’re a lover of rich oak-aged Burgundies or partial to a refreshingly zesty Sauvignon Blanc, we’ve got white wines for every palate. Here are some of our favourites: Earlier…

Whether you’re a lover of rich oak-aged Burgundies or partial to a refreshingly zesty Sauvignon Blanc, we’ve got white wines for every palate. Here are some of our favourites:

Earlier this month we tapped in the formidable knowledge in our buying team to pick the best reds under £25 on the Master of Malt shelves. Now, it’s the turn of the white wines. 

We’ve travelled all over the world for this selection from countries that are likely to be familiar to wine lovers like France and South Africa, to more obscure places like Greece and AustriaThe grape varieties too run the gamut from the household names, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, to the barely pronounceable, Hondarrabi Zuri. All of them are delicious and really over-deliver for the money. 

Our pick of white wines under £25:

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Céline et Vincent Dureuil Bourgogne Blanc 2016

One of the tricks with buying white Burgundy is to find a top producer, like this one, and then buy its everyday Bourgogne Blanc. It’s likely to punch well above its lowly appellation, just as this one does. 

How does it taste?

Honeydew melon with a refreshing citrus acidity and a long finish of hazelnuts and dark spicy notes. Try with fancy fish like turbot or Dover sole. 

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Laurent Tribut Chablis 2017

Chardonnay is such a versatile grape variety making everything from lush oaked wines to lean refreshing numbers like this Chablis. It’s produced by the excellent Laurent Tribut, a family-run French winery. 

How does it taste?

Bone dry but packed with notes of pear and lemon peel with a flash of almonds on the finish. This would make a fine partner to some tasty shellfish. 

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Cantina Terlan Winkl Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Here’s something you don’t see every day, a Sauvignon Blanc from Italy. This is made in the Sud Tyrol in the far north of the country. It spends 12 months in large oak barrels at the winery before bottling.  

How does it taste?

Zingy fresh with elderflower, peach, limes, peaches and aromatic fresh mint. This would be delicious with a rich goat’s cheese tart.

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Schatzel Riesling 2016 

German Rieslings today tend to be much drier than in the past. There’s just a tiny bit of sugar here but it’s so fresh and invigorating that it tastes bone dry. It’s made by an old family estate in the Rhine region, Germany’s wine heartland. 

How does it taste?

Lots of white peach and citrus fruit character. Clean, with mouth-watering acidity, this would be great with fatty food like roast pork with apple. 

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Centopassi Grillo Rocce di Pietra Longa 2018 

Grillo is a variety native to western Sicily and in the past was in fortified wine, Marsala, but it also makes superb dry whites like this one. The grapes in this are organic and were aged in steel to preserve those fruit flavours. 

How does it taste?

Zesty, with pink grapefruit, lemon and lime, and a hint of salinity on the finish. The perfect wine to go with spaghetti vongole. 

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Lyrarakis Dafní Psarades 2019

If you can taste a herbal note in here, don’t be surprised, because the grape Dafní means bay leaf in Greece. It’s native to the island of Crete, home to some increasingly good wines like this delicious little number from the Lyrarakis winery.

How does it taste?

Green and herbaceous notes of rosemary, pine and indeed, bay, followed by a zing of lemon peel. Bring on the Greek salad!

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Lockhart Chardonnay 2017 

California’s Lockhart has brought us this Chardonnay, made with grapes sourced from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. The grapes were fermented in both stainless steel tanks and oak barrels for two weeks, so the oak influence here is very subtle.

What does it taste like?

Lemon curd, nuts and cantaloupe, with a hint of flinty minerality alongside nectarine and citrus blossom. We think it would be nice with a buttery roast chicken.

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Eschenhof Holzer Wagram Grüner Veltliner 2018

This organic white wine is the work of Eschenhof Holzer, produced exclusively with Grüner Veltliner, Austria’s signature white grape, in the Wagram region. Sommeliers love GV, as it’s known, because it’s such a versatile food wine. 

What does it taste like?

Lime zest and green apple skin, nectarine sweetness and subtle spice. It’s a great partner to spicy Thai food. 

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Bat Gara Txakoli Uno 2018

Txakoli or Chacoli as it’s sometimes spelt makes one of the world’s most refreshing wines in the Basque country. This example is made by Bat Gara predominantly from the Hondarrabi Zuri with a small amount of Riesling.

What does it taste like?

With its subtly flinty notes, with ripe green apples, and fresh hay, it’s a great seafood all-rounder with dishes like gambas a la plancha.

These white wines are delicious and available at bargain prices!

Eekhoring White Blend 2018

This is what’s known as a Cape blend, a uniquely South African mixture of grapes, usually with Chenin Blanc in the majority. Eekhoring White Blend is harvested from old vines and the grapes are fermented in a mixture of stainless steel and old oak barrels. 

What does it taste like?

Apple blossom, lime citrus and waxy hints, with under-ripe peach appearing on a dry finish. Good with rich vegetable dishes like ratatouille. 

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