Springtime Whites Mixed Case
Springtime Whites Mixed Case
2 bottles of each of the following whites:
Adega de Pegoes, Selected Harvest, Setubal, Portugal 2015 - £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.
Rioja Blanco Crianza, Navajas, Spain 2012 - £9.95
We find it difficult sustaining a polite smile when someone tells us that they don't like oak-aged white wines. You'll find us sporting the same horrified rictus when listening to unpalatable political opinions. It's such a broad generalisation that it excludes so many wonderful wines, like white Burgundy, premium Chablis, white Rioja, white Bordeaux and some of the world's finest Chardonnays. There's no mistaking the influence of new oak on this white Rioja, it's there in the tangy, wild garlic leaf aromas and the woody bite on the palate, but it works so well with the lemon and grapefruit flavours that it enhances the wine like a good seasoning. Match it with rich food, it can take it, because it has bright citrus acidity and a lot of sassy fruit. 12.5% alc. Drink now-2018.
Quinta do Ameal, Loureiro, Lima, Vinho Verde, Portugal 2015 - £14.50
If you could bottle a spring breeze, then this would be it! Although the grapes are sourced from the Vinho Verde region, it has nothing to do with those spritzy quaffers and is a much more serious wine with depth and vivid fruit intensity and can age beautifully for many years. Made 100% from the Loureiro grape. 11.5% alc. Drink now-2023.
‘Fabel Barbou’, Dom. des Corbillieres, Touraine-Oisly, France 2014 - £12.95
This is a graceful Sauvignon Blanc, not one of those screaming banshees. The aromas rise softly with gooseberry, grapefruit, elderflower and an impression of gunsmoke, like a dewy field at dawn just after a duel. The palate has a flinty backing to it, with concentrated lime and melon fringed with nettles and cut grass. It’s wonderfully revitalising and more-ish, so beware! 13.5% alc. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. Natural ferment. Organic grapes. Unoaked. Drink now-2018.
Domaine Lafage Cuvee Centenaire, Cotes du Roussillon 2015 - £13.95
It's a blend of Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne and includes grapes sourced from 100 year-old vines. On reading that last piece of information, your eyes should have darted across to the price and your face should have adopted a quizzical mien. Centenarian vines are precious and rarely make it into a cuvée at this sort of price, so it's something to celebrate. Domaine Lafage think that the wine benefits from the concentration and complexity that the fruit from those gnarly old vines confer on the wine and the silky richness on the palate would be missing if they didn't include the 'magic' ingredient.The gentle side of Grenache Gris shows in the wine's delicate aromas of white nectarine and diced white pear and the palate is beautifully poised and elegant, without a hair out of place. It's like Catherine Deneuve in a bottle. The texture displays a creaminess as well as a powdery, saline chalkiness that is distinctive of so many Grenache-based whites from the Roussillon, finishing with a moreish succulence. A very versatile white that will accompany almost any food without overshadowing it. 13% alc. Drink now-2018.
Peter Jakob Kuhn ‘Jacobus’ Riesling, Rheingau, Germany 2013 - £15.95
‘Germany’s Best Estate Riesling’ - The Gault Millau Wine Guide 2016
If you think you don't like Riesling, it's probably just because you haven't Riesled properly. Here's one that will convince any doubters. It's a scintillating, lime-scented 'trocken' from the Rheingau with crystal clear fruit flavours that whets the appetite as an aperitif, but has enough body to accompany a meal. The Wine Advocate described it as a "best buy" and we can't help but agree (but then we would wouldn't we?). It's packed with lime, grapefruit and apricot flavours, all carried in a frame that's as brilliant and sparkling as cut crystal 12.5% alc.