12 delicious and different wines from around the world that are guaranteed to excite your tastebuds. As always if you just want a case of whites or reds then just ask and we’ll double up on the colour of your choice.
Bodegas Borsao Seleccion Blanco, Spain
This Bodega is producing the best value wines on the planet. The frankly ludicrous Tres Picos red they make is stunning value even at £18 and that commitment to quality trickles all the way down to the entry level stuff. This is a couple of notches up from there and is all stone fruit and limey citrus aromas; with nectarine, subtle pineapple characters and a creamy mouthfeel.
Castanzu Vermentino, Italy
100% Vermentino from Sardinia which is an absolute joy, fleshy, ripe, fresh and oh so drinkable. All this wine needs is for this lovely weather to continue.
False Bay ‘Windswept’ Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa
All of the False Bay wines are utterly superb and I have to restrain myself from just filling a case with them. This Sauvignon takes its lead from the great wines of Sancerre and as such is a little more herbacaous than many a new world version. The acidity is crunchily on point and the palate has a lovely feel to the finish, great wine.
Duc de Morny Picpoul de Pinet, France
I absolutely love this wine and I’ll keep wedging it in to mixed cases for as long as I can. The closer we get to summer the better that this subtle, elegant and perfectly balanced southern French superstar tastes, epic.
Il Cascinone Camillona Sauvignon Blanc, Italy
Another Sauvignon Blanc and another different style, this is wonderously elegant and subtle and restrained. From fruit grown high on a hilltop the palate is ripe, with notes of elderflower and a taut grassy finish.
The Revenant, South Africa
A blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Chenin Blanc which was once upon a time so popular in the Loire and when you taste this you will see why. It has an uplifting nose of unwaxed lemons, lime pith and a touch of pink grapefruit. The Chenin adds wonderful breadth to the finish which makes me very happy.
An odd name, an even odder label and a really strange story as to how I discovered it, all of that is for another day, for now let us concentrate on the wine at hand. A blend of Tempranillo, Merlot and the local Prieto Picudo it is a delightfully soft, rich and smoky wine that is immediately engaging.
Soldiers Block Shiraz, Australia
We lit the barbecue last night for the first time this year and it made me think of big Aussie reds and chargrilled meat and lots of sunshine. This is just a straightforward old school style with plenty of deep red fruit and a ripe and juicy palate.
Debajo ‘Dry Farmed’ Carignan, Chile
Dry farming makes the roots work that little bit harder for water which means that the grapes get more flavour. Chile right now is doing amazing things with Carignan and this is another belter. A little lighter in weight but no slouch in the flavour stakes, delicious.
The Revenant Red, South Africa
It would be so much more fun if this was a film tie-in wine with a big beaming picture of Leonardo di Caprio on the label with an irascible grizzly behind him. It’s not though, instead it is a celebration of the continuing rebirth of South African wine making and shows just how well things are going. A rich, structured and eminently drinkable blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cinsault it is terrific.
Bodegas Borsao Seleccion, Spain
“Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world, this is an unbelievable wine … any wine retailer worth his weight should be stockpiling this wine next to the cash register …I don’t understand how anyone can make wines this good to sell at this price… 90 points.” Robert Parker, the Wine Advocate #203. That’s all there is to say about that.
Caberet Frank Cabernet Franc, USA
Do you see what they did there? They took the name of the grape and made it sound like a person, geddit? Hello? Is this thing on? The bad puns aside this is a superb wine for it has so much flavour yet with a brilliantly soft and approachable palate. A little spice, a lot of black cherries and a good chance that the bottle will be emptied quicker than normal.
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