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(2023) There are many appellations of the Loire Valley where Sauvignon Blanc is the most prized grape variety, including the Coteaux du Giennois, not far from Sancerre. Part of the 'Taste the Difference' range, this has a fresh tinge of emerald to the colour, and aromas of white flowers and crisp orchard fruit. There's a suggestion of grassy herbaceousness in the background. In the mouth it's a very pleasing, relatively delicate Sauvignon. The acidity is there OK, but it flows from a sweetly-fruited, easy-drinking mid-palate with a suggestion of candied fruit, through to a pithy grapefruit and lime cordial finish. Watch the video for more information.
(2023) 100% Fiano from McLaren Vale, two separate pickings on week apart in search of a broader range of fruit characters, fermented in equal parts concrete egg, old oak barrrels and stainless steel tanks. The lees was stirred for around two months before blending. The climate here is similar to that of Sicily and the south of Italy, the variety's home. Fine, soft and leesy pear and lemon. Quite full textured with orange and peach, but plenty of tangy acidity too. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2022) Tasted via Laithwaites, but this vintage sold out at time of writing, this is a modest Mosel Riesling, basically dry (or 'trocken') but just lacking a bit of distinction for me. There's some golden delicious apple and peachy fruit, and juicy lemon acidity, but it lacks the thrill quotient that I'd hope for in a £15 Mosel Riesling.
(2022) A herby and lemony Nas-Cëtta, not particularly aromatic, but mineral and fresh. Quite full of the palate, lots of bitter lemon twisting through the finish, after a fatter lemon palate.
(2022) Quite fragrant, some herbal and wild scrubland aromas. This organically grown wine is related to Catarrato, and has crisp, dry lemon and firm underripe pear fruit that is cool and precise. Plenty of mouth-watering minerally acidity, firm with a nuance of an Epsom salts edge.
(2022) Not a lot of aromatic fireworks as one might expect with these varieties, though Laithwaites will move on to the 2021 vintage soon. Plenty of zip and citrus tang on the palate, an easy drinking and flavourful wine. £7.99 as part of a mixed six.
(2022) Old vine Sauvignon Gris goes into this wine, a very small proportion fermented in oak. A litght creaminess to greengage and custard apple on the nose, then the palate delivers a surprising sweetness and lusciousness of fruit, still with that apple and citrus edge of freshness and firmness, but succulent and with more tropical, ripe Ogen melon and nectarine in the mix.
(2022) In an unusual square bottle, fruit comes from Franschhoek and higher altitude slopes in Darling. There's grassiness and a pea-shoot pungency to this, a little elderflower and suggestion of smoky mango fruit. In the mouth the wine has good texture and lots of concentration, the fruit intense in flavour but with a nettle-like piquancy too. It's a bold and assertive style of Sauvignon, though the final balance of acid and fruit is very good, giving an extended finish.
(2022) From vineyards in conversion to organic farming, this is Roussanne, aged six months in 500-litre barrels. With 14% alcohol it is a big wine, aromas have a delicacy, with some floral top notes to stone fruits. In the mouth there's loads of sweet, juicy mango and pineapple sweetness, an orangey blast of fruit and acid too. Yes, the alcohol adds a little heat to the finish, but the acid balance scythes through the ripeness and concentration.
(2022) From the coastal part of the Aconcagua Valley. Very cool on the nose, a touch of cool herbs and flint and crisp apple and citrus. The oak adds just a little almond touch. Zesty on the palate, lots of bursting lemon and orange, then the palate is quite lean. There's a pleasantly pithy dryness to this that's far removed from 'golden' buttery Chardonnay style. Long and lean, the fruit edged with sweet, Ogen melon ripeness and the oak adding just a touch of creaminess. With 50% of malolactic blocked, it retains bite and freshness. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
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