Springtime Whites Mixed Case
Springtime Whites Mixed Case
2 bottles of each of the following whites:
Adega de Pegoes, Selected Harvest, Setubal, Portugal 2016 - £9.95
They say that you should try everything once, except incest and Morris dancing. It’s probably fair to assume that you haven’t tried a blend of Arinto, Verdelho, Antão Vaz and Chardonnay before, but if this wine is anything to go by, then you shouldn't waste another moment. It's a blissful combination, bearing a striking resemblance to Pierre Gaillard’s wonderful Cotes du Rhone Blanc ‘Les Gendrines’ with its delicate and dainty aromas of honeysuckle, cream soda, jasmine and apricot. There’s a suggestion of Viognier both on the nose and palate, which shows a delicate ripeness of yellow- and orange-fleshed stone fruits, lemon meringue and a wisp of vanilla thanks to the 3 months spent in French and American oak. The packaging is as elegant as the wine itself and we strongly recommend buying this by the case. 13% alc. Drink now-2016.
Le Carillon de Vendôme 'Cocagne', Coteaux du Vendômois 2016 - £11.95
'Cocagne' (stop sniggering at the back, Perkins!) is the name of a small, single-hectare vineyard (or 'lieu dit' as they say in France) in the Loire's Vendôme region, which is quickly becoming known as a premium site for Chenin Blanc. This is a little gem of a wine and counter-intuitively inexpensive considering the small-scale production and the quality of the fruit. It's a bone dry Chenin Blanc bursting with tangy apple, grapefruit and lime and a wet stone/chalky impression that must come from the silex soil. The finish is surprisingly long and has the cleansing bite of an apple sorbet. Purity, balance, clear varietal expression and a sense of place for just £12.50? That's outstanding value! 13.5% alc. Drink now-2019.
Auntsfield Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand 2017 - £13.95
Such is the ubiquity of good Sauvignon Blanc that it takes a really smart one to stand out from the crowd, especially when even the cheapest ones are still perfectly palatable. The thing we loved about this one was the glacial purity of the fruit, which had the cool, crystalline freshness of mountain streamwater bobbing with lemons, limes, apples and gooseberries. 13% alc. Drink now-2020.
Domaine du Monteillet Le Petit Viognier, Northern Rhone, France 2016 - £21.50
Winemaker Stephane Montez is a nightmare to deal with. He never answers his phone, he never responds to emails, he forgets appointments and if you do manage to track him down, he frequently disappears mid-conversation to check on a barrel, never to return. If he didn’t make such phenomenally good wine, we’d have lost our patience long ago, but we keep coming back for more. His Petit Viognier is easily as good as anybody else’s Condrieu, so it’s a seriously good buy. Aged for 10 months in French oak with monthly battonage, it offers delectable aromas of honeysuckle, apricot, acacia and butter pastry with a vital bite of green fruits on the palate to give it a zesty kick. It takes a winemaker with the delicate touch of a watercolourist to work with Viognier’s subtle shades and Stephane Montez, with his ‘less is more’ approach, is the William Turner of the Northern Rhone. Scarper! It's the metaphor police and we've been rumbled! 12.5% alc. Drink now-2020.
Clemens-Busch Dry Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2015 - £16.50
We speak from experience when we say that this featherweight dry Riesling is the perfect pick-me-up after a long day spent trying to convince people that Riesling is the perfect pick-me-up. Aromas of mandarin and lime, backed by mineral impressions of blue-grey slate and and glacial water spiked with peach juice. If you are wondering why it's particularly good for a humble 'trocken', it might be because Clemens-Busch use some declassified fruit from their 'Grand Cru' vineyards. 10.5% alc. Drink now-2020.
Formigo Blanco, Manuel Formigo, Ribeiro, Spain 2016 - £10.95
A terrific little bargain from Galicia, which is our go-to region for refreshing white wines. It's a light and summery blend of Palomino Fino, Treixadura, Godello, Torrontés, Albariño and Loureira made by King Midas (aka Manuel Formigo)!
Jancis Robinson.com (Tamlyn Currin): Green guava nose. Etched and sharp on the palate, as if cut out of green glass. Bony, a little stony, lime and verbena. If you need a wine for ceviche, this has to be it. Drink now-2019." 16 points