Six wines made from less common grape varietals. If you want to explore something off the beaten path, our wine buyer Dr. Graham Simpson has picked some outstanding examples!
Full Price: £86.50 | Mixed Case Price £75.00
Picpoul de Pinet
This irresistible Picpoul is aged on fine lees with regular stirring of the lees in order to bring richness and roundness. An absolute charmer with heady aromas of white flowers and acacia preceding a palate that’s fuller than many Picpoul, but still very fresh, with soft tones of citrus and exotic fruits and an elegant minerality.
Cuatro Pasos Mencia Bierzo
Notes of redcurrants and raspberries on the nose with subtle oak nuances. The palate is elegant and balanced with red fruit notes and smooth tannins leading to a lengthy finish. Produced under the Martin Codax banner this wine from Bierzo, a wine region lying just inland from Galicia in the north west of Spain, is made from the indigenous Mencia grape from 80 year old vines.
Disznókő Tokaji Dry Furmint
Light yellow in colour with a very fresh nose with pear, peach, grapefruit aromas. Delicious freshness and fruit with a hint of chalk on the palate. A lingering mineral, salty finish. Dating back to 1413 on the land registry and ranked as a Tokaji first growth from 1732, Disznókő is known for producing top Tokaji using the Furmint grape.
De Bortoli Deen Vat1 Durif
Deep inky purple in appearance with aromas of black plum, mulberry, a hint of white pepper and dried apricot. The palate expresses dark plum, mixed fruit spice, liquorice, chocolate and cedar oak with a framing tannin finish. An outstanding example of wine produced using the Durif grape.
Mil Historias Bobal
A deep cherry colour with violet tints. Nose is intense with aromas of ripe red seasonal fruit (cherries, blackberries, blackcurrant), subtle hints of violets, rosemary and a touch of black pepper. This wine produced using the Bobal grape shows distinctive power, vibrant fruit, freshness with soft and ripe tannin. It is spicy and juicy with a well rounded palate with a fascinating crunchy-fruit freshness. The finish is gently tannic combined excellent depth.
Ca Dei Frati Ronchedone
A deep ruby colour and intense notes of blueberries, raspberry jam and wild herbs on the nose. The palate is rich and smooth with succulent red and black fruits and a touch of fig balsamic on the finish. Marzemino, an indigenous grape to Northern Italy and Sangiovese are the main components of this wine with the addition of about 10% Cabernet Sauvignon to give a deeper body to the finished wine.