The labels that deliver what they say

wine hand in 8.10.08
wine hand in 8.10.08

They say you should never judge a book by its cover, but does the same go for a wine label?

Here are a couple of jazzy wines with an imaginative label that pass the tipple test.

A class act: Winemaker Paul Mas has gone to town and used his head with the Elegant Frog Viognier 2010, France (£8.49, Sainsbury’s).

Not only does his fashion-forward frog donning a trilby, bow tie and natty brown suit deserve a kiss, but this South of France viognier is quite delightful. Refreshing and aromatic with apricot flavours and honeysuckle on the nose, it’s a prince charming waiting to be uncorked.

The enigma: A tribute to Morse telegraphy and the first signals sent across Australia’s telephone line, the minimalist label of Morse Code Padthaway Chardonnay 2010, Australia (£8.99, Tesco) with dots and dashes is a great code breaker if you want to win over an ally who may not normally drink chardonnay.

Nicely restrained with flavours of melon and lemon on a nutty finish.