GP Life: The top of the New World wines

My very pleasant task was to bring back some recommendations to share with GPs who didn't get to the Decanter New World Fine Wine Fair last month. Spitting my way round what the 500 or so Antipodean, South and North American wines and sitting in on the masterclasses of Steven Spurrier and Andrew Jefford, I easily identified some favourites.

The unaffordable and near unobtainable star of my day was Dominus 2001 Proprietary Red, from the Napa Valley, a quite outstanding New World 'claret' ecstatically praised by Steven Spurrier. However, at £75+ a bottle it is not for everyday drinking and, in addition, was all pre-sold. Corney and Barrow will try to find it for you - it would be worth the hunt if you want a treat in the Chateau Lafite class.

Or you might want to consider the more readily available 2003 version, selling at a mere £49.15.

For value for money, I thought Andrew Jefford turned up a cracker with winemaker Herve Fabre's Gold Trophy-winning Gran Reserva Malbec 2005 from Argentina at £10.85 a bottle.

For New World whites you can't beat a big in-your-face New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. I particularly liked the Babich Marlborough 2006 (£8) while Andrew Jefford showed an excellent more complex, Loire-ish, example - Craggy Range's Old Renwick 2006 (£11).

It's awful to have to reduce such a splendid array of New World wines to such a tiny list. But, if there is one not to be missed, it has to be the Malbec.

- Dr Raanan Gillon is a retired GP from London and a wine enthusiast


- Dominus 2001 Proprietary Red £75+ 0207 265 2430

- Herve Fabre Gran Reserve Malbec 2005 £11

- Babich Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2006 £7.95

- Craggy Range Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Old Renwick £10.44

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