Mixed case # 2
1. By The Glass Riesling 2018 (Mosel); 2. Betz Possibility 2016 (Washington State); 3. Orenga de Gaffory Patrimonio Blanc 2019 (Corsica); 4. Tara Pinot Noir 2016 (Atacama, Chile); 5. La Motte Sauvigonon Blanc 2019 (Franschhoek, South Africa); 6. Bodega Noemia A Lisa Malbec 2019 (Patagonia). (£28 saving over buying bottles separately)
1. By The Glass Riesling 2018 (Riesling Trocken, Mosel)
A dry, modern-styled Riesling, appealing and eminently approachable.
Pale lemon colour, lime and tropical fruit aromas with the merest touch of kerosene. On the palate it's light-bodied and citrussy with a pleasing, slightly pithy texture and finishing with crisp, refreshing acidity. Ideal on its own, excellent with Asian type food too, or where you want that crisp acid to cut through a creamy sauce. Normally £16.75
2. Betz Possibility 2016 (Washington State)
A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot and Merlot from the Columbia Valley.
The embodiment of Washington at its most delicious: aromatic with vibrant fruit, mouthwatering freshness, silky texture and savoury complexity. Dark-coloured, ripe, upfront, juicy and delicious with plums, blueberries, violets and spice, ideal for a wet and rainy Saturday evening, perhaps with a steak griddling somewhere nearby ... (Normally £29.50)
3. Orenga De Gaffory Patrimonio Blanc 2019 (Corsica)
100% Vermentino. Certified Organic. Direct pressed, 24 hour maceration with skins, fermented between 18-20c and matured in stainless steel.
Currently one of our favourites. Citrus, floral and mineral aromas, textured on the palate with reasonably full body, yet vibrant on the palate with herbal notes, honey and wax, finishing with fresh acidity. It's sun-drenched and ripe, but so fresh and appealing, you keep on finding that your glass is empty again Excellent aperitif wine, goes really well too with shellfish, fish or cheese (Normally £19.95)
4. Tara Pinot Noir 2016 (Atacama, Chile)
Ungrafted Pinot Noir vines. Hand-harvested. Fermented with native yeasts in small, open 300-kilo tanks without any further additives. Aged in fifth use, 228-litre Burgundy barrels for 14 months. Neither clarified nor filtered.
A pale ruby-red colour, complex aromas of cherry intermingled with notes of mushroom, earth and tea-leaf. Gently aromatic, intense fruit with crisp acidity, medium body, elegant tannins and fine structure, a long finish with a hint of salt. 13% alc. (Normally £39.50)
5. La Motte Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Franschhoek, South Africa)
90% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon. Fruit from Franschhoek (30%), Stellenbosch (50%), Elgin (5%), Walker Bay (10%) and Elim (5%).
Fresh aromatics, more citrus than herbaceous, on the palate dry, with citrus, grapefruit and a little tropical fruit with moderately full body. A gluggable, really well-balanced SB. (Normally £14.99)
6. Bodega Noemia Lisa Malbec 2019 (Patagonia, Argentina)
90% Malbec, 9% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot. 10 months in third and fourth use French oak barrels, 30% cement tanks, and 40% stainless steel tanks.
Last but very much not least, A Lisa is a truly fabulous wine made by winemaking superstar Hans Vinding-Diers. If you are thinking Mendoza Malbec you will need to think again. This has more in common with a ripe Pinot Noir. Deep purple colour, highly aromatic with violets, spice, and currants. In the mouth this is full-bodied with ripe, very supple and velvety tannins, ripe blackberry and bitter cherry fruit and elegant acidity. A truly beautiful wine and drinking so well now. (Normally £27.50)