Wine recommendations for Spring
Spring has officially sprung and what better way to mark the change of seasons than with a fresh look at your wine list? As we move away from the chilly winter months, many will be switching their warming reds for refreshing whites and lighter reds. Read more about our new releases below - perfect for bringing in the new season.
Allegrini's 2018 Valpolicella is a joyful expression of the Corvina grape, with the fresh, aromatic cherry aromas characteristic of this Veronese grape. It is lively and playful on the palate and can be enjoyed slightly chilled.
From Portugal, the Azevedo Loureiro Alvarinho 2018 shows great depth of character for a Vinho Verde. Its brief period of skin contact, and 30% Alvarinho in the blend add both structure and complexity to the finished wine. The 2018 has being hailed as an excellent vintage by winemaker António Braga.
Our new producer from Uruguay has been impressing many at recent tastings. The vineyard for the Bodega Garzón Reserva Albariño 2018 is 11 miles from the Atlantic Ocean in southern Uruguay, where cool breezes and well-drained, granitic soils allow the grapes to ripen steadily. This Albariño has intense aromas of peach and citrus which are followed by refreshing acidity and minerality on the palate. Three months lees ageing adds a wonderful textural quality to the finished wine.
This single vineyard 2017 Syrah from Montes Outer Limits is from the coastal subregion of Zapallar in Aconcagua. Vibrant blackberry fruit is supported by aromas of smoke, black pepper and coffee, which give way to a plush palate with silky tannins and a long finish.
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc from Tinpot Hut exudes spring freshness, with elderflower and thyme perfumes on the nose and more intense passionfruit and melon on the palate. A delicious match for spring salads.
A master of making Pinot Noir in Burgundy and Victoria, Jane Eyre has now set about making wines from Beaujolais. Her Chénas 2017 is sourced from vineyards planted on the slopes of Mont Remont, sandwiched between the borders of Juliénas and Moulin-à-Vent. The nose boasts aromas of candied fruits, red cherries, lavender and bramble fruit.
Another newcomer to our list is Sicilian producer Mandrarossa. The cooling effect of proximity to the sea gives the Costadune Grillo 2018 a lovely fresh minerality, whereas the Grillo grape prefers soils along the sandy coast characterised by dunes.
Mandrarossa also has another refreshing white to add to the mix. The vineyard “Ciaca Bianca”, which means white soil in Italian, has white limestone soil, enjoys sea breezes and a wide diurnal temperature range, giving the Fiano Ciaca Bianca 2018 a freshness, mineral quality.
Quincy was the first French white wine appellation to be given AOC status in 1936. Most of the fruit for the Domaine des Ballandors Quincy 2018 is sourced predominantly from old vines up to 40 years old. No oak is used, so the purity of the Sauvignon shines through in the glass, making this wine a superb value alternative to Sancerre or Pouilly-Fumé.
Domaine Jean-Pierre Bailly owns 17 hectares of Sauvignon Blanc vines, which are situated on the hills among the best vineyards in Pouilly-Fumé. The Pouilly Fumé 2018 was vinified 100% in stainless-steel tanks, it has delicate aromas of peach, citrus and white flowers coupled with a racy acidity which brings balance and depth to the wine.