Burgundy, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This fabulous Chardonnay from the rising star Cote Chalonnaise producer Stephane Aladame is one of the few non cooperative wines, also one of the best. The wine has a nose of expressive stone fruits with a mineral undertone. With fresh acidity, the palate is clean with citrus and ripe apricots and has a beautiful long finish.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: France | Region: Burgundy Alcohol Vol: 13% | Vintage: 2018
Terras Gauda, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Founded in 1989, Terras Gauda has established itself as one of the leading winemakers in DO Rías Baixas in northwest Spain. Based in the sub-region of O Rosal, they specialise in the Albariño grape. Grown in cool, high-altitude vineyards, fermented and matured in stainless steel, that wine shows elegant notes of fresh citrus and tropical fruits coming along with peachy aromas. The mouth is round with a refreshing acidity that makes it perfect to go with seafood!
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: Spain | Region: Terras Gauda Alcohol Vol: 12.5% | Vintage: 2019
Languedoc, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Unusual blend of Marsanne, Vermentino, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Not oaked, this wine is pure pleasure! Citrus, peach and exotic fruits with a fresh finish. Great on its own!
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: France | Region: Languedoc Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2019
Paarl, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Unusual blend of Chenin Blanc, Grenache Blanc & Roussanne. Doran vineyards have created a fresh and fruity wine, displaying aromas of white fruits with zesty notes. The palate is rich and fresh. A wine to have on its own as an aperitif, but will go well with pork and poultry.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: South Africa | Region: Paarl Alcohol Vol: 14% | Vintage: 2018
Balaton, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This Pinot Gris, locally known as Szürkebarat, is grown on the beautiful ancient volcano slopes of tha Balaton lake. Opulent, fruity and mineral wine to pair with veal, cod and poultries!
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: Hungary | Region: Balaton Alcohol Vol: 11.50% | Vintage: 2019
Tasting Notes:Dr. H. Thanish is an historic estate which dates back 11 generations with 375 years of history . The estate is made up of many parcels of vines set in the best , and most desirable spots, the best of which is the famous Doctor vineyard. The Badstube is a mid sloped vineyard facing west/south west with blue grey slateand a little loam . it is classified Grosse Lage. it is a stunning vineyard whose wines have perfect balance of ripeness and liveliness. The wine produced is Feinherb meaning off dry , that being the wine is dryer than usual MoselKabinett. Golden in colour , flinty minerality . opulent ripe yellow fruits with pineapple and mango, and a long fresh finish . perfect summer lunchtime drinking .
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: Germany | Region: Mosel Alcohol Vol: 9% | Vintage: 2013
Domaine Gueguen, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Céline (Jean Marc Brocard's daughter) and Frédéric Gueguen own 23 hectares of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir from Chablis to Irancy. 40 years old vines producing a fruity wine, citrus & peach, with a refreshing acidity and mineral finish. Seafood and goat cheese will please him, and if you dare, Burgundy snails!
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: France | Region: Domaine Gueguen Alcohol Vol: 12.5% | Vintage: 2017
Western Cape, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This boutique Chardonnay produced by the Finlayson brothers has all the hallmarks of a great white burgundy, but hails from the Western Cape. Beautiful ripe citrus fruits, elegant integrated smoky oak and refreshing acidity with a very long palate.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: South Africa | Region: Western Cape Alcohol Vol: 13% | Vintage: 2020
Tokaji, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Dobogo was founded in 1869 and is in the centre of Tokaj hill at around 220 metres above sea level . It is owned by the Zwack family. The grapes for the wine come from 35 year old vineyards in Betsek & Szent Tamas areas of Mad planted with a mixture of 60% Furmint , 30% Harslevelu, and 10% Muscat Lunel. This wine is purely Furmint using short spur pruning to keep yields to 1 kilo per vine . Hand harvested , fermented using indigenous Yeasts in 3/4 year old Hungarian oak casks of 300-500 litre capacity. Lees stirred weekly for 6 months before bottling . This is one of the most mineral Furmint in Dobogo's history. Pale golden in colour , minerality on the nose with citrus and hints of orange peel . Full of character and rich on the palate .
Organic: Biodynamic | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: Hungary | Region: Tokaji Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2016
Marlborough, White Wines
Tasting Notes:"Greywacke was createdin 2009 by Kevin Judd the ex chief winemaker of Cloudy Bay since it's inception . The fruit for this wine was grown near Renwick , from a vineyard surrounding the Greywacke HQ. The vineyard is 18 years old planted with Berry-Smith clone of Pinot Gris. A warm spring caused early flowering and ripening. The vines are low yielding with smaller berries than usual which lead to increased concentration and quality. The grapes were hand harvested on the 8th of June , the shrivelled grapes were whole bunch pressed using long slow pressings, the juice was cold settled then transferred to old oak barrels for fermentation. 40% of the barrels were inoculated with cultured Yeasts the rest were allowed to wild ferment. The fermentation stopped at 105 grams per litre of residual sugar. The wine remained in barrel for a further 9 months . The nose is a melange of orange marmalade, Tarte Tatin and honey crepe brûlée. A decadent interpretation of Pinot Gris , richly flavoured with poached quince and dried fruits. A luscious sweet wine with elegant structure."
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: New Zealand | Region: Marlborough Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2015
Burgundy, Fine Wines, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Located in the heart of Chavignol, the Domaine Henri Bourgeois Winery is a 10 generations family estate, running 72 hectares of organic vines around Sancerre. They have an emphasis on biodynamic viticulture, low intervention and old cask ageing on fine lees, with the winery cellars designed in such a way that they help the wines to age well and with full respect to the natural conditions. This wine is full of lime and verbena aromas, with delicate flinty nuances. On the palate you’ll find a fresh touch of grapefruits, almonds, hawthorn and coconuts. It’s minerality gives it a great length
Organic: Yes | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: France | Region: Burgundy Alcohol Vol: 14% | Vintage: 2017
Victoria, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This stunning Yarra Valley vineyard changed hands in 2016 being brought by the Brown Brothers who straight away decided to build a new winery in Healesville just across from Giant Steps , they also resigned all grape contracts previously used, continuing the cool climate style previously made. The grapes for this wine were sourced from 3 estate vineyards, Sexton, Tarraford and Applejack . All this fruit is very expressive, all was hand picked , whole bunch pressed , the free run juice was fermented on its solids using the indigenous yeast sin new and seasoned oak barrels , lees stirred monthly . No malolactic fermentation used . The nose is full of fresh pear and lemon with hints of white flowers , the palate is full of poached apple and nuts , crisp acidity and a stoned fruit core.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: Australia | Region: Victoria Alcohol Vol: 13% | Vintage: 2019
Languedoc, White Wines
Tasting Notes:A crisp and flavoursome white from the pebble soils of the Languedoc coast near Beziers. On the nose, white flowers, honeysuckle and stone fruits such as apricots create an evocative bouquet, which is followed through on the medium bodied palate with ripe peach and apple flavours which lead to a fresh, zesty finish.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: France | Region: Languedoc Alcohol Vol: 12.5% | Vintage: 2019
Marlborough, White Wines
Tasting Notes:The grapes for this wine fall under two criteria , firstly that they are managed and grown by Mt Difficulty viticulturist 's , and secondly that they are grown in one the Bannockburn vineyards south of the Kawasaki river in the southern Cromwell basin. The 2019 vintage had enormous weather variances. The season started warm , then a cold snap in November including some snow . Weather during flowering was patchy but overall successful. An oddity of the season was cool days and warm nights , early rains all the way through to January. Then cool but dry conditions through to April. The grapes were harvested on May 2_3rd which is really late , pressed and fermented with indigenous yeasts in cooled stainless steel vats , rested on its lees for 4 months being stirred weekly. The wines has aromas of bell pepper , gooseberry with a hint of passion fruit . Gooseberry on the palate followed by a textured mid palate , refreshing acidity with passion fruit on the finish .
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: New Zealand | Region: Marlborough Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2019
Tasting Notes:Mt Difficulty was formed in the late 90's when 5 owners of newly planted vineyards in Bannockburn , Central Otago shook hands to form the group. Mt Difficulty now has some of the oldest vineyards in the area on South Island . The microclimate of the Bannockburn area is recognised as one of the best areas for premium grape growing . There are over 40 hectares of vineyards . This wine has a nose of fruit salad followed by a rich and full bodied palate with apricot and peach, melon and mango and a touch of spice , hint of sweetness and a refreshing finish.
Organic: Yes | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: New Zealand | Region: Central Otago Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2019
Abruzzo, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Pecorino is not the most famous italian white grape, yet it produces very pleasurable wines! Terre di Chieti IGT is sandwiched between the mediteranean and the Apennine mountains, providing the region with some cooler temperatures. This wine is medium bodied, fresh and easy, with white fruits and floral aromas with a touch of almond.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: Italy | Region: Abruzzo Alcohol Vol: 13% | Vintage: 2019
Loire, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Quincy was the first French white wine to be given AOC status in1936. Jean and his wife Chantal Tatum farm 20 hectares in Quincy making Classic crystalline Sauvignon Blanc planted on Kimmeridgian limestone giving purity and minerality . The grapes come from 4 parcels of vines in the heart of Quincy on the banks of the River Cher. 90% of the vines were planted in the 60's. All parcels have different soils . 2019 was a drought vintage. So reduced in size due to three heatwaves. Harvest started in first week of September. The wine is bright yellow with lively citrus aroma, Granny Smith apple and fresh cut grass and subtle floral notes . A refreshing palate with lemon intensity, and bright acids and a long and lingering finish.
Organic: Yes | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: France | Region: Loire valley Alcohol Vol: 13.5% | Vintage: 2019
Alsace, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This Domaine was established in 1967 by the joining of the Rolly and Gassman families now run by Pierre . Thy have 52 hectares of vineyards in the Haut-Rhin region . The winery is famous for its collection of vintages available , 5 years worth of stock only released when ready . New winery called the cathedral built into the hillside , all gravity feed in 2019. All grapes are organically or biodynamic farmed and made although yet to be certified. The 2016 vintage needed careful management until the end of August . Traditional vinification 8-12 hours pressing followed by a wild yeast ferment for 5 months then 2 months rest on its lees . Bright yellow in colour , a very expressive nose of jasmine and exotic fruits . A complex and rich palate with a fresh finish . Outstanding example .
Organic: Yes | Vegetarian: Yes | Vegan: Yes Country: France | Region: Alsace Alcohol Vol: 13.50% | Vintage: 2016
Adelaide Hills, White Wines
Tasting Notes:This elegant cool climate Chardonnay comes from one of the most exciting producers . The Winery was established in 1989 by Martin Shaw and Michael Hill Smith to produce top quality wines from cooler climates. All the fruit comes from the Adelaide Hills , coming from the Lenswood vineyard, low yields , aggressive pruning , green harvesting, all fruit hand picked whole bunch pressed , fermented in French oak for texture , and matured in oak for 9 months until finally resting in tank for two months on its lees prior to bottling . Smoky and buttery , with texture white flowers and nectarines.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: Australia | Region: Adelaide Hills Alcohol Vol: 13.50% | Vintage: 2019
Sussex, White Wines
Tasting Notes:Another beautiful still wine from the Stopham Estate , this wine is made from 100% Bacchus , one of England's favoured variety used for still wine production. Some say it's the UK's answer to Sauvignon Blanc having very similiar grassy and herbaceous characters. This wine has floral elderflower aromas , followed by a palate of orange peel and grapefruit, followed by. Refreshing clean finish . Great as an aperitif.
Organic: No | Vegetarian: No | Vegan: No Country: England | Region: West Sussex Alcohol Vol: 11.50% | Vintage: 2019