The Underworld | Grenache Blanc | Western Cape | South Africa 31 On the nose it has a curious apothecary of rate botanicals including lemon peel, juniper, jasmine and guava. These can also be found on the palate supported by the grape’s inherently pithy acidity, longevity and structure. Amauta Absoluto | Torrontes | Valle de Cafayate, Argentina 9 / 18 / 36 Bright and appealing with lovely fresh tropical fruit and citrus blossom notes. This is exotic stuff with lovely Eastern nuances of rose petal, lemongrass and ginger. The palate is rich and aromatic, fresh and beautifully structured, with lovely, rich ripe fruit and crisp acidity.
Seehof | Weissburgunger | Rheingau, Germany 10 / 19 / 38 Fuller initial feel than the Grauburgunger but nicely light on its feet. Lovely soft cushion of fruit with just the right crackle of acidity at the finish. Lighter, prettier and a touch cheaper than its Alsatian equivalents.
Vidussi Collio | Ribolla Gialla | Fruili, Italy 10 / 20 / 40 Fresh and aromatic with notes of guava, mandarin and hints of white spice. Tinned peach characters on the palate, which is textural, and held together by the bright acidity and mineral notes typical of the Ribolla grape.
Gorabie Txakoli | Zuri/Zuri Zerratie | Basque Country | Spain 42 This Txakoli is a bright lemon colour with green reflections. Pear, apple and citrus aromas dominate the nose. The palate is dry, clean and fresh with notes of green apple and white flowers with a crisp grapefruit acidity.
Henners Gardner Street Classic | Bacchus/Chardonnay | East Sussex | England 46 A classic floral, elderflower note we have come to know of contemporary Bacchus, married with a touch of stone fruit from the Chardonnay. An abundance of red apple fruit, a touch of wild fennel with the barrel fermented Chardonnay giving mid palate weight and structure.
Tabali Barranco | Viognier | Limari Valley, Chile 13 / 26/ 52 The nose is very elegant and subtly scented with floral notes, dry white fruits and spices, and has a slightly mineral note in the background. It is very elegant in the mouth, creamy but very fresh at the same time. An exquisite acidity is induced by the cold nightly mountain breezes.
Pra Monte Grande | Garganega/Trebbiano di Soave | Veneto, Italy 18 / 36 / 72 The fine, delicately aromatic nose has beguiling aromas of peach, preserved lemon and dried mango, laced with honey and savoury notes. The palate is pure and fresh with depth of concentration, stone fruit, pineapple and citrus characters, and further savoury notes.
Vallet Freres Pernand Vergelesses | Chardonnay | Burgundy | France 80 A beautiful complex wine, that packs a big punch above its appellation. Fine bright golden in colour with aromas of pear, apple and caramel. The palate weight is wonderful with a smooth minerality leading to rich and complex flavours of baked apples and custard, a hint of hazelnuts and honey followed by lemony acidity to lift the finish.