A sampler of some of our favourite easy-drinking red and white wines, perfect for Spring drinking. Some old favourites (Chateau du Cros Sauvignon Blanc from Bordeaux) and some exciting new wines from Spain (Jimenez Landi El Corralon), unusual grape varieties (Alarije) and and a fresh and zingy three way white grape blend from Italy (Borgo dei Trulli Ficheto).
A selection of 3 white wines and 3 red wines, one bottle of each of the following:
The Alarije grape was once thought to be part of the Malvasia family and grows well in Extremadura due to its heat and drought tolerance. Light yellow colour with brilliant edges. On the nose there are hints of grapefruit and anis aromas with a hint of Williams pear. Fresh and fruity palate with a long finish. Perfect with fish and shellfish.
A three way blend of Fiano, Malvasia and Sauvignon Blanc from Puglia. Part of the blend is barrel aged. Pale yellow in colour, the wine displays aromas of rich tropical fruit with a hint of vanilla. On the palate it is subtle and soft, with an elegant and complex citrus acidity and a long and lingering finish. Try with creamy pasta dishes, shellfish or grilled white meats.
A great alternative to NZ Sauvignon Blanc. This was one of the very first white Bordeaux Sauvignons to be aged on the lees which adds a certain creaminess and texture to the palate. delicate and aromatic with floral, citrus, grapefruit, cut grass aromas and good mineral character. The palate is bold with hints of melon, quince, herbaceous notes, lemon and lime. An ideal wine match for oysters and other seafood.
65% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from Grenache specialists located to the south-west of Madrid in DO Mentrida. A fresh and pure style. enticing aromas of red berries, herbaceous notes, leather and hints of white pepper-y spice. There is a hint of oak. The palate has flavours reminiscent of sweet, dark berry fruit, fruits of the forest, cherries, plums and a hint of chocolate with fresh acidity and a good length. Supple tannins, medium bodied, dry and well-balanced.
A good, fruity and organic red wine from Sicily. 70% Nero d’Avola and 30% Merlot. intense bouquet reminiscent of wild berries, cherries and liquorice. Dark cherry, coffee, chocolate and spice flavours on the palate lead to an intense and persistent finish. Soft and very approachable.
A mature Bordeaux from Cadillac. 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, 30% of which are new. Medium bodied, aromas of red berry fruit, hints of spice and a touch of oak. Soft and mellow with a slight herbaceous character and good length. Great value and perfect with roast lamb.