Little Cricket Gruner Veltliner- Hungary, 2018, 12%
Gruner Veltliner is a white grape variety best known in Austria, but this is a great little wine from Hungary and is very food friendly. Dry, clean and crisp with distinctive notes of citrus, plum, light green apple and a hint of white pepper. Excellent as an aperitif or pair with seafood dishes including shrimp salad and sushi.
Scribble Verdelho- South Eastern Australia, 2016, 14.5%
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. The blank back label encourages you to create your own tasting notes or scribble your own design. Lovely on its own or great with a fragrant chicken curry.
Avenda Sauvignon Blanc- Central Valley, Chile, 2018, 12%
Chilean Sauvignon can often be overly bitter or metallic at the lower prices however the Avenda Sauvignon Blanc is a delightful dry white wine bursting with aromas of cut grass, lemon zest and gooseberries. Refreshing and crisp on the palate with a lively acidity, showing vibrant flavours of tropical fruit and citrus. Easy drinking and very enjoyable, another dinner party crowd pleaser.
Le Havre de Paix White Blend- Gascony, France, 2017, 11.5%
Le Havre de Paix translates to ‘Safe Haven’ which evokes images of warmth and sunshine. This delicious blend of Colombard, Sauvignon Blanc and Gros Manseng is unique and inviting, somewhat reminiscent of White Bordeaux. It is steely and zesty with refreshing and tangy notes of grapefruit. Subtle hints of spice and pear mingle with peachiness on the finish. Enjoy with chicken Piccata, coconut chicken rice.
William Robertson Chenin Blanc- Robertson, South Africa, 2019, 13%
This is a seriously refreshing, good value, unoaked Chenin Blanc. Bold aromas of ripe tropical fruit, dried apricot and peach tones lead on to a ripe, fresh palate bursting with sun-drenched fruit which is balanced by clean, refreshing acidity. Enjoy with slow roasted guinea fowl and a citrus mash. Great with any light dishes or simply on its own.
Beyond The River Chardonnay- South Eastern Australia, 2019, 12.5%
The Beyond The River range is made from the finest grapes on the vineyard and is styled to bring you an added touch of elegance and depth of character. This Chardonnay is fresh and full of tropical fruit flavours such as pineapple, pears and melon. This unoaked white goes well with chicken korma from your favourite takeaway!
Calusari Pinot Noir- Romania, 2018, 12.5%
From the same producer as the Calusari Pinot Grigio above. Pinot Noir is notoriously difficult to produce well at a good price but this Romanian example manages to do just that. Bright fruit in a light style but with soft low tannins and a nice refreshing acidity. Dark cherry dominates on the nose and palate but with little hints of spice and tobacco. Can be served slightly chilled with fish, think tandoori style monkfish.
Sierra de Enmedio Monastrell- Jumilla, Spain, 2018, 13%
Alceno is a family owned winery that has been making wines in Jumilla since 1870. They specialise in making wines from old vine Monastrell that are true to terroir but offer freshness and intense fruit character at an exceptional price. Spicy, with a touch of savoury richness and baked earth over lots of bright black fruit and good freshness on the finish. Enjoy with beef short ribs and pork shoulder.
Cuvée 1818 Bordeaux Red- Bordeaux, France, 2016, 14%
In 1818 at the age of 19, Jean Maria Calvet realised his passion for wines and established the Calvet House. Traditional blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc which have been harvested at perfect ripeness. Dark ruby in colour this wine reveals fragrant aromas of mocha balsamic and sandalwood. This is a full bodied wine bursting with flavours of blue, black and red berry fruit and hints of licorice. Enjoy with steak frites.
Avenda Merlot- Central Valley, Chile, 2017, 12.5%
No bells and whistles, this is just a great example of what Chile does so well- at a fantastic price. With rich, intense aromas and flavours of bramble fruits, this Merlot is well rounded with a great finish. Lots of ripe red plum, soft juicy fruit, silky smooth light tannins and very easy drinking. Great inexpensive wines to grab when you’re invited round last minute. Would work well with tomato based pasta dishes as well as grilled meats.
Havre de Paix Red Blend- South West France, 2017, 12.5%
Here Le Havre de Paix references the beautiful rolling hills, coastal lagoons and hills of the Aude region of South West France. This blend of Grenache and Syrah is classically light, fruity and easy drinking. Notes of plum and damson fruit are backed by a little spice and tannin on the finish. Enjoy by itself next to the fire.
La Riada Garnacha/Tempranillo- Spain, 2018, 13.5%
The vines are grown in the Campo de Borja region of Spain, which borders the famous Rioja wine producing regions. Cracking little wine made from blending two popular Spanish grape varieties- Garnacha and Tempranillo. This red is deliciously full bodied packed with notes of rich cherry, raspberry and a touch of sweet spice. Enjoy with tapas- think red meat, cheese and cured ham.
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