We should reasonably expect the Co-op's Truly Irresistible wines to be above- average; the Fairtrade Wines also need to stand on their own merits.
The TI Chenin impresses straight out of the bottle in an easy-drinking, ripe-but-fresh sort of way, but works better as a quaffer than as a food wine.
By contrast, the Fairtrade Carmenere is initially a little underwhelming, with lots of prominent tannins and acidity. But, by day three and with some food, it finally settles down into something much more harmonious.
Co-op Truly Irresistible Chenin Blanc 2015, South Africa ripe orchard fruit, pineapple and honeyed apple; substantial, fresh and long.
Match with roast pork or chicken.
Co-op Fairtrade Carmenere 2014, Chile dark fruit, spice and coffee; plenty of acid and tannin initially, so needs food - like roast beef or sausages.
Or give it some air.
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