Is there more of a delight when it comes to wine than discovering a bottle that ticks all your boxes? If you are on the lookout for a new favourite wine, you’ll be excited to know that there are many offerings that will no doubt pique your interest! Here, we take a look at our top wines for 2022.
This year, we have witnessed a shift in consumer trends, with wine drinkers – both casual and connoisseurs – making notable changes to their wine purchasing habits. These include:
● Rosé all year round – this summery drink is becoming popular throughout the year, even in winter. Much like hot cross buns have become a year-round bakery section staple, we now see the rosé section bursting with choice throughout the year.
● Low-sulphite – sulphites are a naturally occurring product of fermentation, but some consumers are now avoiding them due to food sensitivities. There is also speculation that sulphites cause hangovers, but this is a misconception.
● Portuguese wine – many Portuguese vineyard owners have been reluctant to give into trends and plant international grapes, which means that there are a great many indigenous grape varieties in this country, producing distinct and flavourful wines.
● Low-alcohol – with a rise in health awareness over the past two years, many consumers are opting for a low or no-alcohol lifestyle. Have you seen a sudden expansion in the alcohol-free section in your supermarket? This is why!
Thanks to these trends, a number of new brands have emerged in 2022. Meanwhile, established brands have also released new bottles to meet the shift in consumer interest. Let’s take a look at what’s disrupting the market.
Wines To Try In 2022
Red: Denner Vineyards The Ditch Digger 2017
Hailing from Paso Robles in California, USA, this refreshing red features tones of raspberry, strawberry and ripe cherry, with delicate rose petal and jasmine. It has a finish of cocoa, staranise and black pepper.
Denner Vineyards is committed to using eco conscious production methods, which makes their wine all the more satisfying to consume.
Pairs well with: beef, pasta with tomatoes, lamb, deer and venison
Available from: Millesima
White: Altano Douro Branco 2020
If you’re a sauvignon blanc drinker, but you want to widen your scope, this is the wine for you. Fresh and crisp, yet soft, this Portuguese wine is made with grapes grown at a high altitude, with local varieties Malvasia Fina, Viosinho, Rabigato and Moscatel Galego. It features aromas of citrus, lychee and passionfruit.
Pairs well with: Shellfish, chicken, turkey
Available from: Noble Green Wines
Rosé: The Botham & Balfour English Rosé 2020
An English rosé produced by Hush Heath in Kent, this vintage is silk smooth and delicate, with herbal aromas and a creamy texture. Featuring hand harvested grapes, including pinot noir (which gives this rosé its colour), you’ll be able to sense citrus fruit, orchard flowers, strawberries and a hint of spice.
This wine is part of a collaboration between Richard and Leslie Balfour-Lynn, owners of Hush Heath, and Sir Ian Botham, former cricketer and founder of Botham Wines.
Pairs well with: light salads, bruschetta, seafood
Available from: Tesco
Sparkling: Egly-Ouriet Brut Tradition Champagne Grand Cru
This is a splurge, but for one of the top 1% wines in the world, it’s well worth it for a special occasion. A consistent non-vintage, this Brut Champagne is unique is that it is made exclusively from Grand Cru fruit and is aged on the lees.
Dry and very fine, it has an intense aroma of Mirabelle plums and white florals, with a vibrant acidity and rock salt minerality. Age this bottle further before drinking to deepen those flavour layers.
Pairs well with: aperitifs, seafood
Available from: HIC Independent Wine Shop
Low-alcohol: Brancott Estate Flight Song Pinot Grigio 2018
Those counting their calories will appreciate wines by New Zealand-based winery Brancott Estate, who offer low-alcohol as well as low-calorie wines. Flight Song Pinot Grigio has a slight pink tinge, with heady aromatics leading the palate.
It features florals, white fruits, nashi pear and apple, with a crisp texture and smooth finish.
Pairs well with: salads, seafood, tacos, zingy and light curries
Available from: Vivino
How To Discover Your Favourite Wine
If you’re new to the world of wine, the best way to find your favourite wine is to ignore biases about price, country or branding. If you can, visit a wine retailer and blind sample a range of wines to find out which ones appeal to your palate – just make sure to drink responsibly!
We hope that our recommendations of this year’s most exciting wines from around the world can tempt you to try something new.