(2016) Named after Anges Seifried, this is a gorgeous dessert wine, fully luscious and sweet with 172g/l of residual sugar. The grapes were hand selected in several passes through the vineyard, including fruit shriveled and raisined by natural dehydration. There's that fat waxiness of ripe Riesling, a candied fruit quality, and plenty guava and lychee-like exoticism too. A big limey core of acidity keeps things fresh on the palate, despite the slippery glycerine texture and full on peach and mango sweetness. A lovely wine, long, composed and full of sweet flavour.
(2016) One of the most attractively packaged wines I have seen for some time, this is one of a pair of delightful northern Italian whites in Wine Rack, its partner Sauvignon the same price and really just as good. This is a Friuli wine made from the grape once known as Tocai Friulano, that term now outlawed following Hungarian intervention, and so now simply Friulano (aka Sauvignonasse). It shimmers with life, the creamy but crisp apple nose showing touches of floral character and almond creamy/nuttiness, but clean as a whistle. On the palate it is quite full and rich in texture, but has beautifully limpid fruit clarity, great freshness, and a long, elegant and tapering finish. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2016) Beautifully packaged, with subtle slate and schist to the peppy raspberry and cherry pit dry aromas, perhaps the small percentage of the white variety Rolle (Vermentino) adding to the elegance. The flavour follows through, with loads of tangerine and mandarin orange brightness and hints of tropical flavour. Lovely long finish and balance.
(2016) A little edge of meatiness and chariness, with the fresh summer fruits coming through, bright and dashing lemon and tight white apple acidity. The little reductive meatiness soon blows off.
(2016) From a magnum (which looks so impressive) this is sweetie, rose-hip and pomegranate scented stuff, dry but filled with sweet mid-palate flavour, and a long, tight, acid structure in the finish. Impressive. Note: price is for a magnum (150cl).
(2016) In the traditional slim-waisted Provence bottle, with a pale colour and herb-touched raspberry and sweet cherry, there is a hint of sweetness to this, but also fresh lemon and orange acidity, in a stylish, easy summer drinking rosé.
(2016) Pale coloured again with strawberry and cherry, a real brightness to this. Juicy, lemony, not a huge flavour on the palate but then it has food balance and zippy freshness, and is easily recommendable.
(2016) Pale in a Provence stylee, with lots of boosted floral and red cherry fragrance, a touch of cherry bubblegum. The palate is dry and refined, those fruity characters pushing through against a dry acidity.
(2016) The Wine Rack chain is owned by Conviviality retail, the UK's biggest off-licence operator (who also took over Bibendum wines last week).  What an excellent Petit Chablis this is, with hints of proper Chablis character so rarely found in these wines which don't usually come from Chablis' famous Kimmeridgean soils, with some flint and gunsmoke, bold and fresh apple and load of juicy personality. Lovely lime and lemon freshness and a touch of mineral saltiness in the finish.
(2016) Fragrant, fresh, with a touch of river stone minerals and a touch of leesy weight too. The palate has a medium-bodied generosity, some pithy grapefruit and lemon, and a pleasingly fruity yet fresh finish.