February already… We were caught a little off guard with the popularity of our January Pack this year and it seems the bar was set high for February. We’ve been busy tasting new wines to find a selection worthy of continuing that impressive start to 2022, and we’re very happy to present 5 new and exciting wines, and 1 classic, re-tasted and deserving of much more attention.
For us February is when we start to stretch off a little from our hibernation, the days grow brighter and we start to really look forward to Spring. With that in mind we have assembled a selection of wines to compliment.
First up there’s a refreshing, organic, unfiltered Frizzante sparkling made from the Glera grape (best known for Prosecco). A delicious and very interesting twist on this Italian variety. Then we have a crisp Muscadet with a light flinty character for classic oyster or seafood pairing, a very very drinkable soft South African White Grenache that’s all stone fruits, pear and with medium weight for richer dish pairing or solo sipping.
Three reds form the second half again which seemed appropriate for this short but still chilly month. We’ve a nod to springtime with a Frappato from Sicily made in a very bright, juicy style that could be lightly chilled as a delicious aperitif, then another Italian from two indigenous varieties made in Emilia Romagna, this is all concentrated dark berry fruit, fleshy tannins and pleasing acidity. Great for richer dishes.
Last up a Bordeaux blend from South West France made with no sulphur additions and showing lightly earthy dark fruit, a perfect fall back wine to have in the house for a mid week bottle when the inevitable snow shows up.
Here’s the list of what to expect:
- CA DI RAJO LE MOSS UNFILTERED FRIZZANTE (Italy) – A unique and exciting twist on the famous Prosecco grape variety Glera. This is made in the same region but classified as ‘Glera frizzante’ instead. It’s made in a style known as col fondo which means the yeast from the second fermentation are left in the bottle, this gives it a naturally cloudy appearence, slight texture addition and some pastry and biscuity notes. It’s super easy drinking and carries lot’s of crisp green apple, lemon and floral aromatics. Charming, unique and lot’s of fun to drink – would make a lovely start to a Valentines date or party with friends!
- DOMAINE HAUTE FEVRIE MUSCADET SUR LIE (France) – Fresh, fruity and with some weight from the lees aging from the ‘sur lie’ technique of winemaking. Aromas of fresh spring water, flint and citrus, a hint of spritz on the palate, a gorgeously sappy, bright fruit and an electrifying minerality, this is the perfect match for oysters, moules mariniere and other seafood that are famous in the maritime region this Muscadet comes from.
- CHASING RABBITS GRENACHE BLANC (South Africa) – The new white edition of Chasing Rabbits is an organic Grenache Blanc that combines aromatic spice and texture with a crisp burst of pithy citrus. Fermented in stainless steel, the focus is on highlighting the clarity and purity of the fruit which is ripe orchard fruit with peachy & melon backbone. We really enjoyed this when we tried it by itself but it would be nice with spicy food or richer fish dishes.
- TURI MARINO VULCANO CHIARO (Sicily) – Hand harvested Sicilian Frappato that is made using wild yeast & minimal intervention. A light juicy red that has a very fun label depicting Mount Etna. This wine is at a nice light 12.5% alcohol too, flavours of pure red berry & cherry make it a nice aperitif or with charcuterie & sharing starters.
- CASTELLO D’ACQUA ROSSO (Italy) – A ripe black berry fruit forward red from Il Farneto in Emilia Romagna. Theres a concentrated core of ripe redcurrant, blackcurrant and plum fruit, with light herbal aromatics and firm but pleasant grape tannins balanced out by good acidity. Great for pairing with hearty venison or slow cooked rich vegetable dishes. Full but approachable and continues to open over the first hour to give more and more layers of fruit.
- L’AIR LIBRE SANS SULFITES COTES DU MARMANDAIS ROUGE (France) -A lovely aromatic nose of blackcurrant, raspberry and wild strawberry. Then onto a palate of more ripe berries and some medium tannins.This is nicely balanced, it remains fresh and medium bodied. A good weekday wine or easy intro to wines made without added sulphur.