(2019) Viña Ventisquero always does a good job with its wines, and this is no exception. There's enough gooseberry and elderflower to satisfy the SB fan, a tropical fruit-basket of aroma and flavour, and a good level of intensity here, being dry and well-balanced with nothing out of place, and it is very approachable with its tempered acidity and generous mouthfeel. The Merlot partner also delivers a solidly pleasing mouthful of red wine, and both can be recommended with confidence at their offer price of £5.50 in the Co-op, until 23rd April 2019. Watch the video for more information on both wines.
(2017) The New World's makers of Viognier have got it right, after early renditions of this Rhône grape variety were almost inevitably too alcohol and so ripe as to be blowsy and lacking in acid. This is a fine example of when Chile gets the variety right, grown organically and fresh with scents of wild flowers, juicy peach and lemon peel. In the mouth there is abundant fruit sweetness, a free-slowing peach juice clarity, but there's fine acidity to balance, a lick of salt and squeeze of lemon, giving a crisp, moreish finish.
(2010) Tank sample. Central Valley, but most of the fruit from Molina in Curico, with a granitic clay soil. All stainless steel. Nice gooseberry and gently tropical fruit with a touch of pineapple and melon, plenty of citrus. Nice juicy palate, plenty of sweet fruit and elegance.
(2010) Central Valley. Stainless steel with some staves and chips, part malolactic. Quite buttery and ripe, with lots of vanilla and nectarine fruit. The palate has a sweet fruited character ( though technically dry at just 2.3g/l residual sugar). Creamy and crowd-pleasing, perhaps lacks a bit of mid-palate fruit intensity before the vanilla-touched finish comes through.
(2010) Central Valley. A certain creaminess if slightly dull aromatic. Some nettle and herb does come through which is more expressive. Some crisp apple fruit. Nice lemony, fresh fruit and some of that varietal succulence come through nicely.
(2010) Has 15% Riesling in the blend. A touch of smokiness and flintiness, some higher, floral notes. The palate has good fruit, with plenty of citrus, lime peel zest - seems very Riesling-ish, but deliciously quaffable.
(2010) An 85/15 blend. Around 60% fermented in Nevers oak. Cashew and oatmeally character on the nose, with a nuttiness and ripe apple fruit. The palate is fresh, with a peachy quality to the fruit, that slightly phenolic character again.
(2007) Also bottled only one week. 70% femented and aged in oak, 30% stainless steel. All Casablanca fruit. Quite a bright, verfy fruity nose, with lots of pear and melon fruit. Very clean. A little phenolic bite on the paate, with an edge to quite skinny, lemon and orange fruit, with just a small almond note of oak in the finish.