A hesitant nod to Spring - our March selections to herald warmer weather...
Whites (2 of each)
VILAR, NOGAREDO, TRENTINO - 2016 NOSIOLA
100% Nosiola. Slightly nutty, vegetal and a hint of smoke on the nose with restrained, slightly earthy notes. The palate is ripe, with juicy fruit flavours and vegetal, nutty and slightly smoky notes. Very elegant acidity, a touch of tannin and a good, tart finish.
CLOS CULOMBU, MONTEGRASSO, CORSICA - 2016 VERMENTINO
100% Vermentinu. The Assembly of the different terroirs gives the wine roundness and finesse. Exotic fruits and white fruits can be found on the nose, along with aromas of aniseed spices. The Dense and fleshy mouth is lightened by a balanced acidity that brings freshness and elegance to the wine.
DOMAINE JO LANDRON, MUSCADET, LOIRE - 2017 CLOS LA CARIZIERE
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Displays an intense minerality with a very floral style again. The palate is sappy and shows some good substance, and there is certainly some grip and structure evident too. Nicely composed, with an elegant acid backbone, and it is quite long too.
Reds (2 of each)
JANE VENTURA, EL VENDRELL, TARRAGONA - 2013 NEGRE SELECCIO
Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sumoll, Syrah. In the glass a dense cherry red with ruby red hem. The bouquet offers juicy berry fruit, subtle balsamic notes, cleverly integrated wood and a spicy-strong note. The palate is, fine and balanced with a finish which oscillates between Mediterranean opulence and cool elegance.
AA TERRE DI PIETRA, VERONA, ITALY - 2017 VALPOLICELLA
40% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 20% Rondinella, 10% Molinara. Bonny and bright with oodles of sweet cherry fruit with a touch of wild raspberry on the finish
Si VINTNERS, MARGARET RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA - 2016 SI RED
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Simple flavours and bountiful perfume. Its cassis and lavender in perfume, crisp and yet gently sweet to taste. Flows with ease, sits light and high in the palate and shows fine, sandy tannins with herbs and crunch on the finish.