Spring has sprung!
After the red wine heavy & richer styles of wine we have been drinking & chatting about for the last few months we are so happy to be looking at fresher lighter & zesty wines for the start of March.
In time for schools going back & the sun shining a little longer we wanted to highlight some wonderful styles of wine that are food friendly & crowd pleasers… some brand new, some old favourites to help us dream of vineyard visits years ago to Sicily.
This month’s pack includes:
Bon Cote Blanc (France)- A blend of Vermentino & local grape variety Terret from Languedoc, France. A smooth fruity white wine with flavours of tinned pear, honeydew melon, green apple & grassiness. This winery works sustainably, they like to encourage biodiversity in all their vineyards. Grapes are picked at night to retain acidity & cool fermented to maintain freshness in the wine.
Adega de Moncao Vinho Verde (Portugal)- Nothing says sunshine like Vinho Verde! A fresh spritzy wine from Portuguese winery ‘Adega de Moncao’. This white has a lovely floral, citrus character & bright lemon acidity with that signature petillance we love. These wines tend to have slightly lower alocohol levels too which makes them perfect for lunchtime. This one is just 12% abv.
Fabrizio Vella White (Sicily) – This is our house wine & an absolute box-ticker! Sicily is a great source for good value organic wines. 100% Catarratto from higher altitude vineyards near the beaches of Marsala. Fermented in old acacia wooden barrels & in steel, the style is crisp, fresh & textured. Citrus, tropical fruits & some sweet spice. Unfined & unfiltered so it may give you a slightly cloudy glass. A perfect all rounder that is great with spicier food & Sicilian street food!
El Risco Red (Spain) – Made with Syrah, Grenache & Bobal.A surprising red packed full of flavour & with excellent length. This has fleshy tannins slightly drying like cranberry juice. The palate is wonderfully complex with fruit & herbal notes… fig, pomegranate, plum, blackberry, chamomomile & tobacco leaf.
Cantine Rallo Il Principe (Sicily) – 100% Nero D’avola. An organic medium bodied red wine full of cherries, blackcurrant &ripe red fruits, round & complex – a million miles from the overripe styles made by many other wineries on the island. The wine sees 6 months in French oak which adds body & spice to all the fruit. Great with tomato pasta & ragu dishes.
Fabien Jouves Haute Cot(e) de Fruit (France) – Cahors is synonymous with Malbec & in the region they call it Cot, hence the pun in the name of this 100% Malbec. This focusses on a lighter easy drinking style of Cahors Malbec from 25 year old vines. Fabien’s vineyards are in Cahors, France where he works with organic fruit, practices biodynamics & uses little to no sulphur. We love his modern natural take on the famous Cahors wines from his winery where his wines are fresher & he lets the fruit shine.