Scribble Verdelho- South Eastern Australia, 2016, 14.5%
Originally a Portuguese grape used in the production of Madeira, Verdelho has long been used to make delicious whites in Spain and Portugal, however being a heat loving grape variety it also does incredibly well in Australia’s warm regions. This example is full of rich and ripe citrus fruit, think bright tangy lemon curd with a soft finish. Lovely on its own or great with a fragrant chicken curry.
Santa Lucia Sauvignon Blanc- Central Valley Chile, 2018, 12.5%
Chile is still one of the go-to countries for producing consistently reliable Sauvignon Blanc (and Merlot) at excellent prices. Showing a lighter, cleaner and crisper style than the New Zealand examples this wine shows lime, gooseberry and fresh nettle hints. Light, fresh and zesty this is a great white for matching with a fresh green salad and feta cheese.
El Zafiro Paradina/Chardonnay- Spain, 2018, 12%
Made in an area called Extremadura in Western Spain famous for its Wild Black Pigs that make high quality Iberian ham. Produced by a quality co-operative, the local Paradina grape is given a bit of a boost by the addition of 20% Chardonnay. The result is a clean, fresh white showing delicate stone and citrus fruits with a touch of soft peach. At 12% it’s nice and light and a lovely fresh aperitif style or good with a prawn and chorizo salad.
Les Vignerons Colombard/Vermentino- France, 2017, 11.5%
One of our regular go to Southern French whites. This quirky little blend delivers excellent quality. Colombard on its own can be pretty neutral and dull but here it adds light citrus fruit and a little texture, while the Vermentino which can be bitter on its own, adds delicate peach and gentle garden herb notes. Deliciously fresh this will be ideal with Buffalo Mozzarella in a traditional Caprese.
Vilacetinho Vinho Verde- Portugal, 2018, 10%
Vinho Verde means ‘Green Wine’ referring to the wine’s distinctive freshness and little ‘spritz’ due to the trapping of just a touch of CO2 at bottling. The Vilacetinho estate was once a giant in the Douro with the wines highly regarded and from this example, it's easy to see why. Delicious crisp pear fruit with a touch of blossoms. Elegant, bright and fresh this will be fabulous paired with a seafood Paella and crusty bread! A real highlight of the case.
Stormy Cape Chardonnay-South Africa, 2017, 13%
A classic example of a soft, fruity and easy going South African Chardonnay. Lots of ripe tropical fruit notes with a distinct hint of Honeydew Melon. Soft, round and fruity with a touch of creamy weight this is one of the more full bodied wines in the case and will pair brilliantly with a Classic Roast Chicken.
Gauchezco Estate Malbec- Mendoza, 2017, 14%
This is absolutely the highlight of the red selection. A top level estate from Mendoza producing a great range of Malbec. The Estate is moving over to screw cap for the next vintage so we managed to bag a great price on this wine while it is still under cork. Big dark fruit with blackberry and sweeter blueberry dominant. Rich and chewy with subtle French oak adding some savoury spice and lots of complexity. Rich, chewy, dark and moody. Perfect for a Chargrilled steak.
Santa Lucia Merlot- Valle Central Chile, 2018, 13%
Chile is still one of the go-to countries for producing consistently reliable Merlot (and Sauvignon) at excellent prices. This easy drinking little wine shows soft, juicy fruit with plum, damson and some redcurrant notes. Smooth and mellow this is exceptionally easy drinking with low tannins and a nice mid weight. Enjoyable on its own or with casual food like pizza.
El Zafiro Tempranillo/Shiraz- Spain, 2017, 13.5%
Made in an area called Extremadura in Western Spain famous for its Wild Black Pigs that make high quality Iberian ham. Tempranillo is the red grape common in the area perhaps more recognisable as the same grape used to produce the majority of Rioja. This wine has nice red summer berry fruit, think redcurrant, cranberry and blackcurrant. Light to medium weight with low tannins, and a vibrant fruity style this will be excellent with spicy bean chilli.
Les Vignerons Grenache/Pinot Noir- France, 2017, 12.5%
A great Southern French red which is a slightly unusual blend but manages to work nicely. Grenache on its own can be a bit jammy, soft and sweet but the addition of Pinot Noir (which can be a bit light and tart) complements it nicely, adding a delicious fresh line of acidity which keeps things fresh and also adds a touch of savoury and leafy character to balance out the sweet fruit. Bright, lively and light this would work nicely with oriental char sui pork.
Sibiliano Nero d’Avola- Italy, 2018, 13%
Nero d’Avola can be classed as the ‘King’ of Sicilian grapes and because of Sicily's dry and hot climate many growers are able to produce wines without resorting to chemical pesticides and herbicides. This producer is Biodynamic and the quality of fruit just shines through. Intense and pure blackcurrant and moodier dark cherry are present along with hints of liquorice and some eastern spice. Rich, full bodied yet fresh this is ideal for slow cooked game dishes or Italian Ossobucco.
Stormy Cape Shiraz- South Africa, 2018, 13.5%
A punchy little Shiraz from South Africa this shows all the typical notes of dark blackcurrant fruit intertwined with peppery spice and a little waft of charcoal smoke typical to South African Reds. Glossy and silky but with a kick in the tail this spicy red would suit fairly robust foods so the final BBQ of the summer season might be the ideal partner! Enjoy with big rich burgers or beef kebabs.
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