This Sauvignon Blanc has an engaging nose, with aromas of grapefruit peel, a hint of thyme and gentle stony minerality. On the palate, there are flavours of bitter lemon with sweet herbal and redcurrant flavours. Supple and satisfying, the wine is balanced by a fine acid backbone.
Sanama Reserva, Cachapoal Valley Chardonnay, Chile
175ml £5.35 500ml £15 Btl £22
From 100% estate fruit and fermented in stainless steel this is an excellent example of modern Chilean winemaking. Lemon, melon and floral notes are complemented by a refreshing acidity and mineral undertones.
Ca di Alte, Pinot Grigio, Italy
175ml £4.75 500ml £13 Btl £19
Grown on the hills south of Vicenza, this Pinot Grigio has delicate citrus perfumes, an attractive biscuit character and white floral notes on the nose.
1. Shaw + Smith ‘M3’ Chardonnay Adelaide Hills, Australia, 2016
A contemporary and elegant Chardonnay from one of the Adelaide Hills’ most exciting producers. White flowers, citrus, and nectarines on the nose, alongside smoky notes from perfectly integrated oak.
2. Crystallum Clay Shales Chardonnay Walker Bay, South Africa, 2018
Classic flint on the nose with candied lemon, ripe peach and honeysuckle flavours on the palate with floral notes and honey. A saline element and succulent, juicy texture add to the complexity of this intense and long lasting wine.
3. Chateau de Santenay, Mercurey ‘Le Roc Blanc’ Burgundy, France, 2014
This Chardonnay is very expressive on the nose with fresh, sharp aromas supported by floral notes, a very mellow oak presence and a hint of fresh hazelnuts.
4. Framingham F-Series Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, New Zealand, 2016
Smoky aromatics, with flint, bitter lemon citrus, grapefruit and tropical hints. The palate is rich, slightly chewy, with good mouthfeel, texture and harmony. Flavours of yellow citrus, currant, papaya and sweet herbs carry through the finish.
5. Greywacke Wild Sauvignon Marlborough, New Zealand, 2016
This Sauvignon Blanc from Kevin Judd is intensely complex, thanks to fermentation with wild yeasts and ageing in old French oak barriques – a delicious concoction of almond friand, white nectarine, blood orange laced with tarragon and a hint of smoked tea.
6. Bodega Garzon Albarino Reserva Uruguay, 2018
Pale yellow with a green hue, this Albariño is intense on the nose with peach and citrus aromas. The freshness and minerality on the mid-palate is superb, ably supported by a remarkable acidity which frames the juicy fruit on the crisp finish.
7. Framingham Classic Riesling Marlborough, New Zealand 2017
This wine has a fragrant, complex nose showing mandarin and cream aromas with stonefruit and hints of smoke and minerality. The palate is vibrant and intense with orange, nectarine and cream flavours with zesty acidity.
8. Domaine de L’Enclos Chablis, France, 2017
This Chablis from the dynamic Bouchard brothers is bright with lifted fruit and waxy with a touch of lemon zest which gives way to a zesty creaminess on the palate. Unoaked and beautifully expressive, it shows why Domaine de L’Enclos is one of the most exciting new domaines in Chablis.
9. By Farr, Cote Vineyard ‘GC’ Chardonnay Geelong, Australia, 2016
Made from small quantities of single vineyard Chardonnay, hand-harvested and fermented using whole bunches adding texture and enhancing aromas. The trademark characteristics of the wine are understated power and length with a mineral finish. The wine has a great fruit expression that is well integrated with French oak. The soil characteristics have come through in the style of wine. The palate is fine but firm, with great acidity, texture and length. This wine is rich in flavour, yet very refined.
This highly aromatic fruit-driven wine is redolent of lychee, rose petals, orange blossom and nutmeg – characteristics of the Gewürztraminer which makes up a large proportion of this blend. The medium bodied palate balances juicy fruit with a touch of residual sugar on a slightly creamy finish.