A monthly selection of 6 of our favourite wines. This month we have a focus on the New World Countries of Australia, Argentina, Chile and South Africa. Here we are offering some old favourites along side many of our most exciting new listings, following a long search for interesting New World Wines.
Here’s the run down of what to expect from the 6 bottles included:
Dune The Empty Quarter (Australia) – We’ll start with the reds for once, and where better than this very exciting take on McLaren Vale. This is a Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvedre, mix with a dash of Montepulciano. A fantastic, energetic wine made with a minimal intervention approach and organically farmed grapes. We were won over by it’s unique character that bursts with dark, juicy blueberry and dark cherry fruit, intermingled with mint chocolate and pepper. The palate is herbal and creamy with fine, long tannins.
Man Meets Mountain Malbec (Argentina) – Our go-to Malbec in the shop for a little while now! If you haven’t tried it before then this is the perfect opportunity to find your new favourite Malbec. Packed full of all the expected ripe blackcurrants, brambles & plums with a touch of sweet spice & tannin. Overall a lovely rich rounded wine with velvety mouthfeel.
Tabula Rasa Red (Australia) – A perfectly sized mid week bottle at 500ml! This Aussie red is made from Grenache making it very food friendly & versatile with vibrant cherry & raspberry fruit. Just right for 2-3 glasses with supper. It shows a lovely fresh acidity & exotic spice on the finish. A real modern wine from South Australia that does not use any heavy oak influence but instead lets the fruit shine.
Nuevo Mundo Sauvignon Blanc (Chile) – A great ORGANIC Sauvignon Blanc from Chile. We love Chilean Sauvignon Blancs as they tend to sit in between the New Zealand style (tropical fruit/elderflower) & typical French Loire style (green apple/grass/gooseberry). This wine is organically farmed in the Maipo Valley. It has aromatics of lemongrass & cucumber which combine with ripe lemon & grapefruit on the palate. What really sets this wine apart is a light touch of smokiness & creamy texture that makes this a great food wine as well as a dry fresh sipper.
Indomita Nostros Riesling (Chile) – This New World Riesling is all about the lime, lime & more lime! A dry zippy, zesty Riesling that would make an exceptional aperitif or match with seafood. It is simple but delicious & a great showing of a New World style for a grape variety that can often be misunderstood.
Mother Rock Force Celeste Chenin Blanc (South Africa) – ORGANIC – This Chenin is all about fruit purity and freshness. Grapes are sourced from a single vineyard with 32 year-old dry farmed bush vines in the heart of the Swartland. The winemaking is low intervention aiming at letting the fruit shine through,a nd although they have not yet gained certification, the farming here follows the organic approach. The wine itself shines with hay, sugar snap peas, lemon zest and honey. The palate is fresh with a beautifully balanced waxy weight that rounds off in a lip smacking fresh finish.