Tuesday, June 18, 2019

2016 Finca Olivardots Groc d'amfora from Grey and White Grenache and Macaebo

Has the milky smell of    …. Arneis and Grenache Blanc, open-mouthed and air-filled. Clear, pale gold ordeep gold in colour. Long palate, which says, again, open, open, yet cloud-filled perhaps. Not the bestest of best Grenache Blanc I have tried, but that grape is undercut by the addition of the Macaebo.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Bodegas Nodus Blanco Joven Ecologico En La Parra

This wine, a surprising combination of Chardonnay and Moscatel, is a lovely clear gold in colour, with the barest hint of pink. It has a musky, pineapple perfume, perhaps peanutty too.  (No, no sweetness, unless very far away, from the Muscat.) A smooth, delightful palate with welcoming length of summer-cooling 'riverness' and a repetition of perhaps tart: pineapple, and a pine song added. A terrific summer wine … for … definitely fish: white bait, sardines? A gorgeous label features inviting award icons: birds, butterflies, a floral-headed 1930s-40's black-and-white Hollywood siren on an pale-teal blue label with red and yellow highlights.

I bought it from Aldi's Lismore store! (Northern Rivers, NSW, Australia)

Sunday, May 26, 2019

2017 Solechiaro Tenuta Roccaccia Vermentino, Bellwether Heathcote Vermentino

The 2017 Solechiaro Tenuta Roccaccia Vermentino is like a very traditional Sav Blanc in perfume: a cat shifting past a garden of mint. It is a lovely lemon-gold in colour. The palate is full and lengthy but it reminds me of cat's fur. With pepper. And later, toast.
Do try the Bellwether Heathcote Vermentino when it is available again in town. Bellwether is associated with Chalmers who also make a Vermentino. As I said in the June CC, the Heathcote Vermentino has elegance and formality, a nut-based perfume, and a lengthy, smooth and silky palate with a citrus feature. Vermentino, if you are unfamiliar with it, is close to a wooded Chardy.

2016 Range Life Garganega, 2017 Corte Caristar Soave

The 2016 Range Life Garganega smells of custard, milk, pear and lemon. It’s intriguing on the palate which is sure to keep you interested because I found it practically undefinable but perhaps garnering your attention precisely because of this. If anything, the palate is something like the sea and a long summer. The Range Life website says the company grows Italian grape varieties: ‘hard to pronounce but … easy to drink’. Go to the web and here a range of pronunciations for Garganega. Range Life describe Garganega as being between ‘Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay with flavours of creamy lemon curd, fresh green herbs and zesty citrus’. Would I say that? I don’t know that I’d compare it to Chardonnay, rather Vermentino at a pinch.

But I have to say that the 2017 Corte Caristar Soave is terrific. Cheaper and better. Bright, deep gold in colour, it is genuinely lemon curdish in it perfume, and, on the palate, it is a sheer delight, as if you could eat lemons straight and whole.

2017 Brash Higgins South Australian McLaren Vale and Riverland Derailer

This is a mixture of Fiano, Vermentino and Chenin Blanc: the bestest of bestest white grapes, barring Arneis, Grenache Blanc and Pinot Blanc. The 2017 Brash Higgins (American, Brad Hickey) South Australian McLaren Vale and Riverland Derailer smells of lemon, or soft bed linen, or a hot and salty sea. The palate is short and sharp, with citrus again. Could go well with pesto pasta, beer-battered chips or corned beef.

Torres Vina Sol De Casta, Gerard Bertrand Côte des Roses, Coté Mas Sud de France

I am very happy to say that one shop in the region  where I live still has the Torres Vina Sol De Casta Rose (2016) which is very drinkdownable. Equally, a Grenache Blanc is very hard to find probably anywhere in Oz, let alone the Northern Rivers. There is the fab Gerard Bertrand Côte des Roses; there used to be a Fontanet Pays d'Oc Les Terrasses white (Grenache Blanc, Colombard and Sav Blanc), and there still is the Coté Mas Sud de France in a mixture of Grenache Blanc, Vermentino, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, which is not as great as the Torres. And yes, so, along with the Rose, there is also Vina Sol white of Grenache Blanc and Paradella. Grenache Blanc comes primarily from Languedoc-Roussillon! I could live on this grape, second, or first, only to Arneis ... or Pinot Blanc ... or Vermentino or Viognier or Gargenega or Marsanne ... 😊

Monday, August 27, 2018

2018 Jilly white New England Wolf of Cumbria

The 2018 Jilly white New England Wolf of Cumbria in Sav Blanc, Viognier and Gewürztraminer is the usual eclectic mix that characterises the artisan/hand-made nature of Jilly wines. It's golden in colour with passionfruit, honey and vanilla in the perfume and on the palate. Deliciously drinkdownable!