(2022) The Seifried family have more than 320 hectares of vineyards in the Nelson region of New Zealand, and make this Sauvignon Blanc exclusively for Waitrose. Nelson is not that far from Marlborough, enjoying both coastal influences and the shelter of the Richmond Ranges, and this is a tropical but still vivacious style. There is pea-pod freshness on the nose, but lots of exotic mango and lychee fruit too. The palate has a spine of lemon and lime fruit and acidity that is not at all harsh, but does cut through the fruit ripeness to finish dry and tangy. Note that the price falls to £8.49 until 12th July 2022 and that's the price to be on. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2022) A very nicely done, Fairtrade accredited Chardonnay from Stellenbosch, aged eight months in French oak. It is really nicely pitched, the light custard and almond sheen of oak over creamy golden delicious fruit leads on to a palate that has medium-bodied texture, plenty of juicy orange fruit and citrus acidity, and enough toasty and creamy oak to add polish. There's a well-judged hint of flintiness too. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) After years of research via PICA, vineyards planted at higher than 600 metres - much higher than PG would normally be planted, maturing three weeks later and changing the profile of the wine with its mountain profile. There is also a very strict selection of grapes, each vineyard fermented separately in stainless steel, before final blending. Peaches and orange peel sum this wine up, along with a dash of mineral salts. Great intensity, juiciness, but a shimmering clarity to the acidity.
(2022) It's from Tuscany, it's Sangiovese, and it's... white. Very unusual, the Sangiovese was picked early and vinified without the grape skins for a crisp, 12.5% alcohol white wine. There may just be the faintest blush to the colour, then aromatics of orange blossom and citrus, a little creaminess, are bright and attractive. In the mouth there is real zest and vivacious personality here, peach and zesty lime flood the palate, with bold texture and plenty of fruit concentration. It zips along nicely thanks to good acids, maybe Pinot Gris being the closest comparison I can think of for this interesting wine - the choice of winemaker Sofia Barbanera.
(2022) From the Rhône Valley, the blend is 40% clairette, 35% grenache and 25% picpoul. Quite creamy, but fresh on the nose, taut apple fruit leads on to a softer, fuller palate, teetering on the edge of peachiness, but a decisive and pithy lemon acidity sharpens things up again to a refreshing, lightly saline finish.
(2022) A big blend here of 30% roussanne, 30% clairette, 20% viognier, 10% marsanne and 10% bourboulenc. Around 10% was aged in large oak foudre. Creamy, fat apple on the nose, a little cut of lime, before the palate shows lovely sweetness and clarity, a great juiciness here, so much sweetness of fruit but a sherbetty-bright acidity too.
(2022) Made in stainless steel, this Chardonnay was fermented with natural yeasts. Mealy and soft on the nose, aromas are subtle and lemony, just a hint of almond too. The palate has great sweetness of ripe fruit, citrus yes, but a very ripe pear touching on more exotic peach. Fine acid balance here, a streak of citrus and salts into the finish.
(2022) Sauvignon from the cool and often foggy Casablanca Valley, made by Concha y Toro's head winemaker in stainless steel. Intense aroma, but not too herbaceous, not too many fireworks, then the palate shows a similar level of intensity, so much shimmering lime and lemon acidity to cut through the slightly riper fruit of the mid-palate.
(2022) Juhfark is a grape native to Hungary, this made with some skin contact and spontaneous fermentation in big barrels where it aged for 11 months. Some of the barrels were acacia rather than oak, and though I looked for anything reminiscent of acacia honey, I didn't really find it. There is however a nice genrous fruitiness, touch of oatmeal and suggestion of some weight on the nose. In the mouth lovely sweetness of ripe lemony fruit, some peach or nectarine skin grip and tartness as well as flavour, and a long finish sparked by sherbetty acidity. Personality+.
(2022) Furmint aged 12 months in 1000-litre acacia barrels, with 9g/l of residual sugar. Spontaneous fermentation. The sugar disappeares dramatically here in a powerful and fleshy wine that offers some custard apple and peach aromas and fruit on the palate, plenty of chewy texture and acidity, the sweetness detectable right on the finish, but only because it balances lots of powerful flavour and personality.