New month! New season! New pack!
April is the fourth month of the year, named after the Roman goddess of love, Aphrodite, or the Latin word aperire, meaning “to open”, as it is the opening to Spring & to reflect all those gorgeous flowers blooming.
April is the start of some wonderful produce coming into season in Scotland – we hope you get a chance to enjoy some rhubarb & wild garlic, it is abundant right now in the woodlands & on Arthur’s Seat. Always be careful when foraging!
Here we have 6 exciting wines tasted in the last 2 months, now all arrived & grouped together in one handy pack.
The pack leads with an excellent new producer from Lambrusco, a frizzante Sparkling with forward thinking spring-time notes of peach, white pear & citrus. A wonderful alternative to a Petillant Natural or Cremant. We have also listed their red Lambrusco, although not in the pack, definitely worth exploring after the white.
Biodynamic Chilean Riesling follows, dry but in the ‘Trocken’ style with white grape & green apple notes, then indigenous Portuguese white for dreaming about holidays, a shop favourite Romanian Pinot Noir, brand new Negroamaro from Puglia in Italy’s warm south, & lastly vibrant but powerful, fruit led Jumilla, a brooding Monastrell Tempranillo blend from sunny Spain.
BIANCOSPINO LAMBRUSCO (Italy) : This Bianco Lambrusco is a wonderful, light & easy drinking fizz from an organic farming, family owned winery. Produced according to the Charmat Method, it has notes of white flowers, citrus & ripe yellow plum & apricot. The taste is refreshing, lively & balanced. A beautiful bottle to pop on your first Spring picnic!
MATETIC CORRALILLO RIESLING (Chile) : Intense aromas of apricot, flowers, citrus, mineral expression & the classic hints of green apple skin on the nose. On the palate it has nice & fresh mineral acidity, with great volume & salty flavours with a bright lingering finish. As with most rieslings, this can take a wee bit of spice. It would also be fantastic with oysters & seafood.
AI GALERA MISTICO FERNAO PIRES (Portugal) : Bright, refreshing Portuguese blend of Fernao Pires & Verdelho. This shows plenty of ripe fruits on the aromas the follow on to a gentle finish. We tried this recently & really enjoyed it as well as its red counterpart if you are into wallet friendly Portuguese wines these really over deliver on quality!
UMBRELE PINOT NOIR (Romania) : Ruby red in colour. Gorgeous flavours, almost syrupy in its concentration. Dark, rich & potent, with layers of complex black cherry, raspberry & cinnamon. Deep, with pretty fruit cake & spicy aromatics. A riper example of the Pinot grape that would make this very flexible with food, it would go alongside
VIALETTO NEGROAMARO (Italy) : Ripe and juicy, with a succulent dark fruit character, satisfyingly rich to taste with elegant, spicy undertones and a hint of liquorice on the finish. From Puglia, Italy.
BODEGAS BLEDA CASTILLO DE JUMILLA (Spain) : Fruity on the nose with ripe berries and liquorice. There is a deep, earthy tone but lifted with aromatic ripe fruit. Ffull bodied and expressive, an excellent food pairing for rich dishes.
Bodegas Bleda is a family owned and run company located in Jumilla in south east spain. They farm organically on pre-phylloxera vines, producing expressive and great value wines made with minimal intervention in the winery.
Wishing you a wonderful April & a gentle journey back to sunshine & picnics : )
Happy Easter from us if you are celebrating with family dinners or just chocolate egg hunts!