The 12 bottle mixed case includes 4 bottles of each of the following wines:
Akluj Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc 2017, M/S, Maharashtra, India 12.5%
Gimblett Gravels Chardonnay 2016, Trinity Hill, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand 13%
`Terrapieno` Pinot Grigio 2017, Alpha Zeta, Veneto, Italy 12.5%
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.
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.
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.