We like to keep you all on your toes here at W&W, so we're thrilled to welcome plenty of new wines onto our shelves this month! In the first part of our four-part blog series about some of our new wines we are having a bit of a round the world trip to introduce the first six. We’ll visit Germany and Italy in Europe then hop over to Australia for a trio of reds followed by a voyage across the Pacific to Chile’s coast.
This Riesling from the Mosel Valley in Germany is a slight breakaway from the mainstream styles of wine found here. Whereas most fit into the “medium dry to medium to medium sweet to sweet” styles and with alcohol levels no higher than 9% this style is somewhat more modern in its style - it is dry (trocken), but not bone dry and has an alcohol level of 11.5%. It is still wonderful Riesling with notes of lime zest and minerals with fresh, racy acidity making it great as an aperitif or with food.
Ahhh, Frappato, the almost forgotten black grape from Sicily due to the prevalence of Nero d’Avola. Usually making for wines of a medium body and fresh acidity, this is a world away in style. It’s much fuller bodied with bags of punchy black fruit and smooth but firm tannins.
Estate grown Shiraz and Grenache grapes which are cultivated organically make for an incredibly balanced wine. Tending towards more Southern Rhone Valley then McLaren Vale in style there are lifted violet notes on the nose but with a plum, dark chocolate and spice edge to the palate with dry tannins for extra structure
Grapes from this single vineyard site make for a more classic “Australian” style of wine than the French style to rest of the wines in Paxton’s portfolio. Organically cultivated again, winemaker Richard Freebairn lets the grapes do most of the work and he gives a helping hand where needed with excellent use of American and French oak maturation.
This is a stunning Barossa Valley GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvedre). The Grenache comes from the “Light Pass Vineyards” where the vines are over 50 years old. It was established by Leo “Joe” Kennedy and homage to his name is paid on the label. Notes of plum, mulberry, spicy oak and menthol come through on the nose and the palate has smooth tannins and balanced acidity making it a very more-ish wine.
We love Casa Silva, we really do. When we tried this Sauvignon Gris we were blown away. It’s as fresh as a sea breeze with a saline character coming through on the palate that balances so well with the lemon and lime notes and zingy acidity. A great alternative to Sauvignon Blanc. Think of it as the younger, hipper sibling.
So there you have them, the first six of our new wines. You can take a look at all of our recent additions to the range here, or keep your eyes peeled for the next instalment of of our blog!
Until Next Time