With the Autumn almost upon us, Director of Regional Sales, Robin Knapp, has been looking back at the wines perfectly suited for late summer.
From the more esoteric side of the portfolio in Greece, to the Michelini brother’s concrete eggs in Tupungato, to some Old World Italian classics, below are a few of Robin’s top picks to help your customers cling on to the last of the summer wine.
Ktima Gerovassiliou, Malagousia 2016
Glorious aromatics, with a fresh grippy flavour with a spicy and opulent mouthfeel.
Colomba Bianca, ‘Vitese’ Zibibbo 2016
Superb aromatics – floral and fresh. Palate has weight, freshness and fabulous balance.
Zorzal, Eggo Blanc de Cal Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Edgy and frisky, showcasing a strong struck-flint mineral intensity, combined with grassy and herbaceous notes.
San Silvestro, ‘Adelasia’ Cortese 2016
Super fresh and fully dry with incredibly vibrant fruit.
Ocean Eight, Verve Chardonnay 2014
A complex and mineral Chardonnay with great poise and freshness. Up there with the best Chablis 1er Cru…
Manolesakis Estate, Exis Red 2016
A grippy, but soft fresh red. A fab wine that is reminiscent of Beaujolais with brilliantly earthy undercurrents.
Eden Road, The Long Road Syrah 2013
Just beautiful. A supple, delicate and smoky wine that is not remotely typical to an Aussie Syrah.
Frescobaldi, Tenuta Castelgiocondo, Campo ai Sassi, Rosso di Montalcino 2015
A medium weight, delicate even wine, full of complex herby fruit. Has characteristics similar to Pinot Noir.
The standout wine:
Chateau Ksara, Le Prieure 2014
What a little cracker this is! 13% alcohol with good acidity, which makes it certainly cool European in style, rather that baking hot. The blend is made up of primarily the on trend Cinsault and Carignan with a bit of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah thrown in to add complexity.
Juicy, fruity and a good level of chunky, with plenty of flavour but not an overpowering wine. Just perfect for meats or some garlic inspired casserole!