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WOTW: Zibibbo ‘Kore’ Colomba Bianca, Sicily 2015

In a nutshell:

Aromatic and elegant on the palate with just a touch of almond on the finish.

The producer:

Established in 1970, Colomba Bianca is the leading Sicilian grower cooperative and the biggest Italian producer of Organic Wine, with more than 1,000 hectares dedicated to organically farmed vines. Colomba Bianca also has a further 7,500 hectares of vineyards, growing indigenous and international varieties. They engage a philosophy of micro-viticulture and micro-winemaking to ensure ultimate precision, quality and expression of terroir.

The stunning range of single varietal and innovative blends is tailor-made under the watchful eye of head winemaker Mattia Filippi. Dynamic and passionate, the Colomba Bianca is constantly evolving with investments in the vineyards and in the technology of their five specialist wineries. With their sights firmly fixed on the future of Sicilian wine, Colomba Bianca is one of the leading names in organic winemaking in Italy.

The wine:

The Zibibbo grapes were harvested in late August once they had reached the desired level of maturity. They were then softly pressed and the must was clarified at 12°C for 24 hours. Fermentation then took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of 15°C with selected yeasts, to preserve and retain the aromatic profile Zibibbo.

Zibibbo is the Sicilian name for Muscat d’Alexandria which is different from Muscat Blanc a Petits Grains or Moscato Bianco. In Sicily it is best-known for producing Moscato di Pantelleria but is also used to make dry, aromatic whites that pair excellently with seafood.

Tasting note:

A sensational white wine with vibrant aromas of white peach, sun-ripened citrus and perfumed notes of orange blossom and delicate jasmine.


WOTW: André Brunel Côtes du Rhône ‘Est Ouest’, 2013

In a nutshell: Spicy and approachable. Great with early summer barbecues

The producer: Domaine André Brunel is a family-owned estate comprising 22 hectares in Châteauneuf-du-Pape and 11 hectares in the Côtes du Rhône. André Brunel’s skills have earned him worldwide recognition for the intensity and concentration of his wines, combining modern technical expertise with the traditional power of the region.

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WOTW: Michele Chiarlo Barolo Cerequio, 2010

In a nutshell: A push-the-boat-out 95-point wine that’s classy yet restrained.

The producer: The Chiarlo style has always been to produce elegant and complex wines using the great indigenous grapes of Piedmont, imbibing them with that ability to age and highlighting all the characteristics of the vineyards and soil from which they claim their origin.

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WOTW: Château Lestrille Capmartin Bordeaux Blanc, 2013

In a nutshell: A truly exceptional white; silky and fresh with a tremendous finish.

The producer: This 96-acre property located at the northern point of the Entre-deux-Mers in the small town of St. Germain du Puch is run by a passionate and dedicated husband and wife team of Jean-Louis and Estelle Roumage, who manage to blend respect for tradition with a modern outlook to vine management and winemaking techniques.

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WOTW: Domaine Gerovassiliou Viognier, 2015

In a nutshell: Peachy, ripe and mouth-filling, it’s no surprise this keeps winning prizes.

The producer: Vangelis Gerovassiliou is the Godfather of Modern Greek winemaking. He studied winemaking at Bordeaux University and was the winemaker at the ground breaking Château Carras from 1976 until 1999. Vangelis set up his winery in 1981 specialising in blends of French and Greek varietals.

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WOTW: Larry Cherubino Cruel Mistress Pinot Noir, 2014

In a nutshell: A red to serve with turkey if ever there was one.

The producer: Larry Cherubino is the superstar winemaker in Australia at the moment. His cool-climate, terroir-driven wines are helping to redefine Australian wines. In the last 10 years since setting up the eponymous Larry Cherubino Wines, Larry has won just about every gong going, including James Halliday’s Winery of the Year.

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WOTW: Carmen, Carmenére Gran Reserva, Apalta 2013

In a nutshell: A fireside red that fizzes and crackles with bold ripe fruit.

The producer: Founded in 1850, Carmen was Chile’s first wine producer – and the key thing about being a pioneer is that you get to work out which are best areas before anyone else; the result is that Carmen possesses vineyards in some of Chile’s finest winegrowing areas. They were also the first producer in Chile to specialise in organic grapes, and among the first to produce premium Chilean wines.

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