Highlights from our Summer Sale
Author: Berry Bros. & Rudd
A key factor in making Bordeaux the greatest wine producing region on Earth as far as I’m concerned is their beautiful and often under-valued whites. Utterly fresh, clean and dry yet with a gorgeously soft, deep creamy texture, the Ch. Ferran is a perfect example, and very reasonably priced.
Sicily is often a source of top-value wine, and the Passopiscaro is certainly no exception. This is a seriously classy wine that marries warm, ripe fruit with a sense of elegance and restraint and a fine, long finish.
With so much attention given to the more glamorous Chardonnay regions of the world, it can be easy to forget some of the humbler pockets of the globe that lend themselves so well to this versatile grape. Whether due to the sleepiness of the medieval villages in the hills of southern Piemonte, or the plethora of Italy’s intriguing indigenous varieties make this familiar grape a less attractive prospect, I’m not certain, but either way Chardonnay of the Langhe is often unfairly overlooked.
There is something distinctively alpine about the character of this wine, which seems to marry a cool Chablis-like minerality with stone fruits, citrus pith and wild flowers; a wine of real personality that will appeal to those keen on lighter Italian whites.
A classically styled Tuscan red from the relatively recent DOC of Montecucco, this Sangiovese Riserva has clearly benefitted from the luxuries afforded by the great 2010 vintage. Rich, spicy and brooding, there is power and warmth behind a satin-like veil of sweet, black-cherry fruit. With some time in a decanter this is a delight to drink now, though there is enough energy and concentration to carry this wine forward for a further seven or eight years, if not longer.
Rich yet elegant, with bold flavours, the fantastic palate envelops a textural quality that white Rhône often delivers. Citrus and almond abound in the mouth, which is not short in length. Clichéd and often said, but quite how the supposedly lesser appellations of the Rhône valley have kept their affordable price tags is beyond me. I love this wine for its ability either to provide good picnic fare or more cerebral experience if you choose.
What a find this winery has been: this is simply really, really good wine. Not shy, but importantly the balance is in place; this has great fruit content with masses of blackberries and juicy hedgerow fruit. This should appeal to both Old and New World lovers.
The summer calls for crisp refreshing whites and this Grüner Veltliner from Austria ticks all the boxes. It offers a great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc with notes of apple, nectarine and white pepper on the finish. The light body and crisp acidity mean this wine would make a great apéritif or work perfectly with smoked salmon and shellfish.
Bierzo is located in the north-west corner of Spain and is where the red grape Mencía reigns supreme. Bierzo represents a more modern approach to winemaking in Spain, with virtually no oak and a short maturation before bottling. This produces a bright, fruit-forward wine with flavours of cherry, raspberry and violets. It is medium-bodied in style with well-integrated tannins and is drinking perfectly at the moment.