While there are a mind-blowing 1,368 grape varieties used to make wine around the world, most of us tend to drink just a handful, the so-called ‘international’ grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, and Merlot; but there is so much more to discover…
We have picked out some “Unusual Suspects” that we have shipped for the summer available for you to try by the glass or bottle throughout August and September in our wine bars.
Fiano Carlomagno 2016, Puglia, Italy
Supremely fresh with hints of citrus and grapefruit, this is clean on the palate but also has a little weight and texture, more than a match for summer salads, fresh almonds or seafood dishes.
Treixadura Quinta do Avelino 2015, Ribeiro, Spain
The only wine produced at Quinta do Avelino. Made with 100% Treixadura, a white grape variety found in the Ribeiro region, the wine is fermented at cold temperature in order to keep the aromatic concentration at its most pure and is then aged on its lees.
Bourgogne Aligoté 2013, Domaine Paul Pillot, Burgundy
Paul Pillot’s aligoté is sourced from a small one-hectare site around their Chassagne-Montrachet vineyards. Ripe, citrus fruits with a hint of oak derived from 1 year of barrel ageing.
Mencía Quinta de Obispo 2015, Bierzo, Spain
South oriented, “Quinta del Obispo” is one of the best vineyards in the wine region of Bierzo. Intense nose of ripe black fruits with spicy and mineral notes.
Colli del Limbara Rossosmeraldo 2013, Unmaredivino, Sardinia
A fresh, vibrantly fruity and versatile red from the hills of Sardinia. Crafted by combining traditional practices with cutting edge winemaking technology.
Primitivo Appassimento 2015 Carlomagno, Puglia, Italy
Primitivo may have escaped Italy and found a new identity as Zinfandel in California, but the original style still offers something unique. Grapes are dried on straw mats for 12 days (the ‘appasimento’ process) adding to the ripe plum and black fruit flavours and gentle spiciness.