Grenache Blanc, Macabeo / Viura
Pinzellada Blanco, Celler Alimara
A lovely blend of Grenache Blanc and Macabeu from Terre Alta in Catalonia.
Fresh and juicy with a lovely crunchy, almost saline finish. Versatile with food but would be perfect with a plate of fresh shellfish.
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Category: White Wine Tags: Spain, white wine
Saint-Veran ‘Tradition’, Domaine des Deux Roches
This domaine is based in the village of Davayé, in the Mâconnais, and is jointly owned by Jean-Luc Terrier and Christian Collovray. Their 50 hectares of vineyards largely lie between the twin escarpments of Solutré and Vergisson and showcase the diverse terroirs of this region. The wines of Deux Roches are known for their drinkability and offer great value for money; the domaine is particularly known for its excellent Saint-Véran.The cuvée Tradition emits a floral scent reminiscent of honeysuckle and acacia flowers. Pear, green apple, peach and apricot, are all well-integrated on the palate and reinforced by creamy notes, and a long floral finish.Versatile with food but particularly good with roast chicken.
Southend Chardonnay, Newton Johnson
This family farm was founded in the mid-1990s by Cape Wine Master, Dave Johnson and his wife, Felicity (Née Newton) and within the past twenty years has built a reputation for producing some of the Cape’s best Pinot Noir. Dave’s CWM thesis was on the variety. Right from the outset, Dave and Felicity’s offspring were involved and today it is very much Gordon, partnered by his wife, Nadia, who are responsible for the winemaking, with brother Bevan looking after the commercial side.Southend is a single vineyard that is owned and farmed by Newton Johnson's neighbours, the Pringle family. It is a notably cooler slope, a stone’s throw across the river from NJ, with less sunshine and consequently slower ripening. It produces wines with sparkling clarity, high-toned fruit flavours, compact structure, and vibrant acidity. They preserve these features by fermenting in larger format casks that often ferment slowly in to the winter.The oak is barely noticeable here, the wine is just fresh and juicy; such an elegant style of Chardonnay by one of the New World's best Chardonnay producers. If you know people who are adamant that they do not like Chardonnay, get them to taste this! A great all-rounder, suiting simple fish and shellfish dishes as well as salads and grilled vegetables.
Vermentino di Sardegna ‘Manzanile’, Gabbas, Sardinia
The Gabbas estate has been part of the Gabbas family for generations. Winning a string of Gambero Rosso awards, Giuseppe Gabbas is now one of the most renowned winemakers in Sardinia. His wines are best known for being true examples of traditional Sardinian styles. The estate consists of 20 hectares of vines, predominantly Cannonau de Sardegna making up of 80% of their cultivation, alongside Vermentino and another local variety called Muristellu. The farm sits in the Locoe valley at the foot of the Supramonte mountains, in Barbagia, the heart of Sardinia. The climate here is hot and dry but the cooling breezes from the surrounding sea and the proximity of the mountain ranges provide these hillside vineyards with protection and temperature control. The granite soils help to retain moisture, so much so that even in drought they can continue to nourish the vines. These special conditions not only provide a perfect micro-climate for the grapes to ripen but also they allow for minimal intervention; the use of pesticides and fertilizers here is very little.
The Vermentino grapes are fermented in steel vats at a controlled temperature of 26 ° C for about 15 days; the wine is aged in steel tank and bottle for about 5 months.
An elegant nose; floral, citrus notes and almond. Smooth and well rounded with zesty acidity and lovely minerality. A nice long finish with a lingering taste almond.
Perfect with light fish dishes or soft goat or sheep cheeses
Pouilly-Fume ‘Pierre-Louis’, Domaine Landrat-Guyollot
Sophie Guyullot makes classic Pouilly-Fume from her organically farmed vineyards. The quality here is exceptional; everything you could ever want from Loire Sauvignon Blanc.Perfect with simple fish dishes and shellfish salads
‘O Rosal’, Terras Gauda
Terras Gauda was the first Galician winery to really make me think that World class wines could be produced here. Their vineyards are located in the subzone of O Rosal on the terraces that rise steeply above the river Miño which divides Spain from Portugal. This wine is a selective blend of the best Albariño grapes in the O Rosal subzone, mixed with the indigenous Loureira and Caiño Blanco, it is greenish-yellow, evoking white flowers and green plums on the nose and filling out on the palate with fresh grape and apple compote flavours as well as peach kernel. Edged with superb acidity and a bristling minerality this reminds me of a cross between really good Riesling and Premier Cru Chablis.The perfect wine for seafood, salads or simple fish dishes.
‘El Candado’ Pedro Ximenez Sherry, Valdespino
Valdespino is one of the oldest bodegas in Jerez, with a history of Sherry production going back six centuries. Back in 1264, Alfonso Valdespino was one of 24 knights who fought against the Arabs for the city of Jerez with King Alfonso X. As a reward for his efforts he was given land that formed the basis of the bodega. Today Valdespino belongs to the Estevez family, who purchased the bodega in 1999.This delicious Pedro Ximenez has a liquid Christmas cake character, great depth and a lovely flick of acidity on the finish which serves to emphasise the unctuous sweetness and flavours of dried fig and raisins.Great poured over vanilla ice cream, with mince pies, hard or blue cheese, or just on it's own after a meal
Vouvray ‘Cuvee Silex’, Domaine des Aubuisieres
Bernard Fouquet has 26 hectares of vineyards in Vouvray and is meticulous in his attention to detail.The flinty soils really translate into this beautiful, minerally Chenin Blanc. It has freshness and purity as well as some of that delicious honeyed character that you can get with Chenin. A great value wine!Delicious with roast chicken or pork dishes.
Gavi ‘La Fornace’, Cinzia Bergaglio
This is one of our favourite wines; it's Gavi that isn't overpriced! Bergaglio is situated in Tassarolo, in the heart of the Gavi zone (it could be called Gavi di Gavi...), in the south of Piemonte heading towards Liguria. Cortese is the grape here, and this version has all the herb-scented freshness and juicy, citrus fruit you could hope for. Not a complicated wine, or one that should be revered and sipped in silence; it should be served with great food and drunk heartily with a big grin on your face! The perfect wine to have with fennel-stuffed seabass doused with really good olive oil. Yum..