(2022) Extra Brut, so less than 6g/l of residual sugar, this bone dry and very elegant Prosecco has delicate jasmine and confit lemon aromas, a certain hint of saline character too. The palate is crisp and light, a little crunchy Redcastle and plenty more citrus, into a very nicely balanced, dry finish.
(2022) Another lovely Pinot Noir from d'Etroyes, from vines around 50 years old, only around 10% of the oak for ageing being new. Fragrant and elegant despite 14% alcohol, it's all about crushed raspberry and firm-edged cherry fruit on the nose and palate, but there is structure here and enough weight on the palate. Firm tannins, fresh acidity, and the finish is on fruit, delicate spices and crispness.
(2022) A Brut Prosecco with a little bit of depth to the colour and a light nuttiness to the otherwise fruity apple and pear aromas. In the mouth nicely dry, with a savoury lemon peel quality and nice texture, a touch of saline character into the finish. Note, price and stockist quoted is for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2022) A really sparky, extra dry Prosecco here, from the specific area of Ogliano in Valdobbiadene, crisp with vivacious citrus fruit punching through the florals, and a pithy grapefruit and lemon fruit and acidity that is mouthwatering and quite delicious. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2022) From Hawke's Bay, not most people's first thought when it comes to Pinot Noir, and indeed Te Mata thought long and hard about releasing this wine, even though the vineyard was planted over 20 years ago. It was a good decision as this wine, and a previous vintage tasted on a visit in 2020, proves. It was de-stemmed and aged in a mix of new and seasoned French oak barriques for 11 months. Bright and deep crimson in colour, there's a really pretty floral and fragrant red fruit character aromatically, with a chestnutty background that's lightly earthy and woody. The palate is deliciously plush and velvetty, with plenty of fruit, but there is a liquorice and, again, chestnut edge of very juicy acidity and firm, fine tannins to extend the finish. Really quite lovely. Stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(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) From the powerful wine capital of Provence, Bandol, a blend of Carignan, Cinsault, Grenache and Mourvèdre, aged in large oak foudres for 18 months. Robust, cherry and plum-scented aromas, but quite polished too, a suggestion of glossiness even, though the sweet, spicy depth dominates. The palate has a gorgeous sweetness, almost musky, with a perfume and touch of blackcurrant jam, blueberry and plenty of depth and concentration. The oak supports, the tannins are nicely rustic and grippy and the finish balanced.
(2022) From a mature vineyard at 250m above sea level on gravel and sand. The must is divided between steel tanks, terracotta amphorae (with seven months skin contact), and small, French oak barrels. Gorgeous nose, crushed oatmeal and almond over creamy apple pie with a hint of something more floral and lightly wild and herbal. The palate has a beautiful combination of sweets ripe fruit, that sheen of creamy, nutty oak and a fabulous citrus zest and brilliance in the finish. A terrific Chardonnay with equal poise and pleasure.
(2022) The vines are 35 years old, and vinification in all stainless steel includes 12 months on the lees. It's a Vaillons in a more rounded, succulent and giving style, yeasty, with yellow apple and small floral nuances on the nose. In the mouth it has a lively sense of finesse and composure: nothing is aggressive here, and yet nothing is muted or flabby; it's a perfectly moreish and satisfying Chablis with weight and texture, but enough bright acid balance too.
(2022) A blned of Muscat, Obeidi and Viognier from Ixsir's high altitude vineyards in Lebanon, this is fragrant, with the Muscat component driving the floral, jasmine and talcum aromas, but there's a hint of lemon and melon rind gripiness beneath. In the mouth that Muscat character dominates again, but there's a phenolic, pithy serious bit of acidity and grip here, swinging from juicy nectarine to lemon pith, in a textural, big mouthful of wine (14.5% alcohol noted).