May is one of our favourite months – flowers everywhere, the blossom on the trees is out & the weather in Edinburgh is usually better than it is in August!
Also, the added bonus of another Bank Holiday weekend so soon after Easter is very fun. This pack will give you some great options to share with friends & family at a get-together or sip quietly after a long day if you still have to work (like us!)
This month is a highlight for great produce coming into season too… wild garlic, wild leeks, asparagus & rhubarb to mention a few. Enjoy a delicious wine with some of these seasonal & local goodies.
For this month’s pack we have 6 delicious bottles chosen by us showing some modern takes on classic regions & grape varieties. Lots of favourites & crowd pleasers we think you will recognise but in a refreshing more Springlike version, a focus on fruit purity as opposed to oak ageing or full bodied bottles.
Plus the highlight wine is definitely the returning star of Meinklang Weisser Mulatschak – the new vintage of our most popular orange wine!
This month’s pack includes:
Meinklang Weisser Mulatschak (Austria)
A delicious orange wine, juicy & appley, yeasty & fresh, with hints of rose & lychee. The new vintage is lighter in colour & has a lovely Old Fashioned lemonade flavour on the palate. Zingy & pithy ripe lemons combine with floral elements. Spontaneous fermentation, with very low sulphites, this wine is a nod in the natural & orange style of winemaking. Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer & Welschriesling make up the blend. Sealed with a crown cap. Biodynamic.
This has always been our go-to recommendation for an entry level bottle into the style of Orange wine & this new vintage is no different. Despite the cloudy hazy colour this is clean, refreshing, fruit driven & pure sunshine in a glass.
Alpha Loire Le Malbec (France)
This is a lovely organically farmed, lighter example of Malbec from France. Think more blueberry, blackberries & cherry with a touch of peppery spice on the palate. From the eastern Touraine in the Loire Valley which gives some influence from the sea. This Malbec is vinified specially to display approachable fresh red cherry fruits & soft tannins. Modern, clean & precise this is an attractive example of Malbec (or Côt – as it is known in the region) from outside Argentina, Malbec’s more recently adopted home. We love this style of Malbec as it is very food flexible & can easily be enjoyed by itself or alongside BBQ meat, fish & vegetables if the sun gets warm enough for an al fresco meal this month.
Chateau Fabre Cuvee des Jumelles Organic Corbieres (France)
The nose has wild herbs & red fruits, there are dark berry fruits & woodland hints on the palate, backed by subtle oaky spices & soft ripe tannins. A lovely creaminess on the palate that is classic for a Corbieres. Full bodied but soft & velvety without being too dry. A classic combination with cassoulet, sausages, rabbit & lamb. Since 1771 the Fabre family have been owners of Chateau Fabre in the village of Gasparet at the heart of the Corbieres region of the Languedoc.
La Bicicletta Rioja (Spain)
A smooth, bright style of unoaked, organic, modern Rioja. This wine is all about the fruit, ripe red berries and plum with subtle spice and finely structured tannins. Made under the guidance of German Blanco of Quinta Milu, their first vintage was in 2015. His wines are about the grapes and how to get the fruit character expressed to the full and see the freshness and brightness come through on the smooth body and silky tannins.
Emiliana Adobe Gewurztraminer (Chile)
Adobe Gewurztraminer is a wonderfully vibrant Gewurz with characteristic rose petal, lychee & spice with fresh citrus. Produced from the leading biodynamic/organic vineyards, Adobe Gewurztraminer is an organic wine. Emiliana is one of the world’s most important producers of organic & biodynamic wines & the largest in South America. The nose offers floral aromas of jasmine, lychee & honey notes. The floral notes reappear on the palate, along with apricot & mandarin orange. Medium bodied with good concentration of fruit flavour & still refreshing. The grapes are from the Rapel Valley which lies with the Pacific Ocean to the West, to the east the Andes Mountains, and to the south the province of Colchagua. The climatic characteristics of this valley include frost-free springs and warm summers that allow the grapes to ripen well. The grapes were hand-picked & fermented in stainless steel to retain freshness. Great with spicy food – Thai curry’s or sushi.
The River’s End Chenin Blanc (South Africa)
A great South African Chenin Blanc from vineyards close to the mouth of the Olifants river, where cool early morning mists & afternoon breezes help with perfect grape maturation. The winery’s reputation is now solidly built on innovative winemaking, organic, eco-friendly farming & production & fair trading. A round, soft Chenin Blanc while still maintaining refreshing acidity & a clean mineral saline finish. Fruits on the palate are ripe lemon, green apple, pear, papaya & soft mango. A very enjoyable glass!