The Fiano grape is growing in popularity in Southern Italy and Sicily and this example shows why. Owned by a trio of Italian, French and Dutch winemakers who got together in 2009,Carlomagno is a full flavoured assertive wine with fresh melon flavours mixed with lemon. Exceptional value at only £8.25 a bottle, I implore you to try it.
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This wine was served at our recent wine pairing dinner, held at Noize restaurant in Fitzrovia.
Pinot Grigio has emerged as the most popular dry white wine, overtaking Chardonnay earlier this century. It has become known as a generic inoffensive wine for ordering in a bar by the glass, which is a travesty when it comes to the quality of this particular wine. Made from a single vineyard in the hills outside Verona, New Zealand winemaker Matt Thomson has added his expertise to create a refreshingly zingy wine that’s utterly addictive. Perfect as a standalone wine or with shellfish, it has a lovely blend of pear and citrus flavours.
Trinity Hill have been exporting their wines to the UK for more than two decades and tasting their superb Chardonnay shows why. Located in the renowned Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawke’s Bay on the North Island, their Chardonnay has the structure of a Meursault with its unbeatable combination of balance and power. This is a far cry from the over-oaked clumsy New World Chardonnays of the past and has all the complexity and sophistication one would expect from a far more expensive wine.
This is a fascinating Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc blend from India. An unusual combination, though not unheard of, it’s a joint venture between doyen of the wine trade Steven Spurrier and winemaker Piero Masi, who worked at the famous Isole e Olena vineyard in Tuscany. They planted these varietals 10 years ago south east of Bombay in Western India to create one of the most successful wineries in the Subcontinent. The wine has the attributes of both grapes, so there’s a tropical fruit hit from the Chardonnay combined with a focussed floral intensity from the Sauvignon Blanc. The curious will not be disappointed.
Sauvignon Blanc is now more usually associated with New Zealand than its place of origin in the Loire Valley, but this example shows why it is sometimes better to go back to basics. Patrick Vauvy is the fourth generation of his family to work these 30 hectares of vines on chalk and sandy soils. This possesses the hallmark citrusy/grassy characteristics of the grape but with an overlay of ripe fruit, which gives it far more depth than usual. This wine is perfect for those of you who find the New Zealand version of Sauvignon Blanc too lean and sharp.
This is something of a rarity – a Bourgogne Blanc from Beaujolais. Only 3% of the area is planted with Chardonnay, while the remainder is under the Gamay grape. Made by Sylvain Tête, who is a well know Beaujolais producer who spent time in New Zealand, it has all of the hallmarks of a classic white Burgundy – crisp with citric elements mixed with white fruits. This generously endowed wine is ready to drink either as an aperitif or with seafood.