Domaine des Montarels, Les Hauts de Montarels Chardonnay Fut de Chênes, 2016
This wine offers fantastic value in the shape a of a classically made Chardonnay. Creamy elegant aromas of stone fruit, citrus and soft vanilla spice from light oak ageing. The body is medium with fresh acid and the modest oak is fully integrated and well balanced. Good concentration of fruit and a lingering finish.
Domaine des Montarels, Viognier, 2016
Viognier is a lovely aromatic grape variety and this wine is a good example typical of its style. Aromas of apricots, violets and touch of citrus on the nose and the palate is smooth and refreshing with a good finish. Excellent on its own and a perfect match for Asian inspired cuisine.
Domaine du Colombier, Crozes Hermitage Blanc, 2015
This fairly complex wine is made of two more unusual grape varieties, Marsanne and Rousanne. The nose is complex offering notes of yellow plums, white flowers and fresh almonds. Medium body, fresh acid and touch of soft spice from very slight oak ageing. The structure is quite firm and works great with grilled fish, salads and even more elaborated fish courses.
Valdivieso, Chardonnay, Chile 2016
This is an unoaked Chardonnay harvested quite early making it very crisp and fresh. It has elegant aromas of citrus and honeydew melon on the nose. Medium bodied, refreshing acidity and a tight structure with a medium finish.
Hammeken Cellars, Vina Altamar Verdejo, Spain, 2014
For Sauvignon Blanc lovers this is a great option. This fairly unknown region in the Northern Spain produces really lively and vibrant white wines of the grape Verdejo. They harvest at night to retain the crisp limy aromas and excellent fruit concentration.
Domaine des Pierrettes Sens's, Sauvignon Blanc, 2016
This wine comes from Tourraine, just next to the more famous regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume in the Loire Valley. The grape variety used here is also the same as in Sancerre’s, namely Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is light bodied, crisp and refreshing with aromas of citrus, gooseberry and minerals, it is fully dry and unoaked with a medium finish. It is great as an aperitif and on its own but is also a suitable match for seafood and lighter salads and goes great with goat cheese!
Domaine de Ramatuelle, Côtes de Provence, 2016
Provence rosé at its best from a great family run estate just outside Saint Tropez! Crisp, juicy aromatics of passion fruit and pink grapefruit and peach. Light in body and very refreshing.
Domaine Pique Roque, Côtes de Provence, 2016
Delicate and aromatic with notes of nectarine, citrus and a floral hint. The palate is fresh and refreshing. It goes will on its own at the beach with friends or lighter salads and grilled fish.
Les Vignerons d’Alignian du Vent Terre des Olivettes, Pays d‘Oc, 2016
Lovely ripe aromas of raspberries coupled with peach and lemon. Slightly fuller in body than the two rosés above but still light to medium with great concentration of fruit and a refreshing crisp acidity.
Domaine du Colombier, Crozes Hermitage, France, 2015
Crozes-Hermitage is a region in the Rhône Valley where they grow the grape variety Syrah, also known as Shiraz. It is full bodied, with silky tannins and flavours of dark bramble fruits and a hint of spice.
Valdivieso, Merlot, Chile, 2015
Made from the grape variety Merlot, this wine is an all round crowd pleaser. It is very smooth with flavours of jammy plums, blackberry and a hint of chocolate. A perfect wine for drinking on its own but would also go very well with red meats.
Domaine des Montarels, Vent des Collines, 2015
Côtes de Thonge is a quite unknown region in the South of France making great value wines from all the classic Mediterranean grape varieties. This one is made with a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache. Crunchy black fruit and spice on the nose with some notes of thyme and rosemary. Good fruit concentration, firm and ripe tannins and good length.
Aguaribay, Malbec, Argentina, 2014
A classic Mendoza Malbec with notes of dark cherry and blueberry with earthy undertones and sweet spice of nutmeg and vanilla from well integrated oak. Palate is full bodied with moderate acidity and firm velvety and ripe tannins. Excellent fruit core with a medium finish.