THE CROSSINGS SAUVIGNON BLANC, AWATERE VALLEY, MARLBOROUGH, NEW ZEALAND, 2019
Situated in the Awatere Valley, a cool climate sub-region of Marlborough, New Zealand where long hours of sunshine see that the grapes ripen very slowly on the vines; wines here are known for being crisp, refreshing and intensely flavoured. With a love for their wines and the land that helps them produce it, they are all about sustainability, fully accredited through the Sustainable Winegrowing New Zealand programme. The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc has striking similarities to some top whites coming out of the Loire Valley, consistently on point, impressing year after year.
‘Expressive, elegant and remarkably fresh, showing aromas of green citrus and subtle passion fruit all underpinned by grassy herbal notes. On the palate the wine is pure with taught tropical flavours, zesty acidity and a mineral like freshness on the finish.’ Ideal for just about any day of the week!
DOMAINE DE PETIT CHAUMONT, GRIS DE GRIS, FRANCE, 2019
Domaine de Petit Chaumont is found in the beautiful region of Camargue in the South of France, a place best known for its flamingos and wild horses. The estate is run by sisters Brigitte and Nathalie Bruel, who produce an excellent Rose from organic vineyards which benefit from the cooling influence of sea breezes coming off the Mediterranean. The term ‘gris de gris’ means that the grapes are pressed in the gentlest manner, extracting the purest free run juice and achieving a wine of the most delicate colour.
‘A lovely pale but bright salmon coloured rose with attractive aromas of white peach and pear, refreshing with a fruity but delicate palate of white fruits, softly textured and balanced with a crisp finish.’ Try with a light salad or whilst enjoying some September sun!
DOMAINE DE COLETTE, REGNIE, VIEILLES VIGNES, BEAUJOLAIS, FRANCE, 2018
Although we may be heading into the Autumnal months, its not too late to reach for a lighter, refreshing style of red, and whilst you may have heard of, and enjoyed a bottle or two of Beaujolais before, have you come across Régnié? Pronounced ‘rein-yay’, this is the newest appellation to be awarded Cru-Beaujolais status and produces delightfully aromatic and structured, easy drinking wines from the Gamay grape. This year we have found Domaine de Colette who produce a wonderful example that we’d like to bring to you; coming from Old Vines of an average age of 55 years, the fruit is carefully handpicked as whole bunches and the wine produced using ancient techniques to achieve traditional flavours of the region.
‘Fresh with lively raspberry, redcurrant and blackberry aromatics, balanced with beautifully subtle and well integrated tannins, flavours of red fruits and a touch of mineral and spice on the finish” – A wine best in enjoyed in it’s youth or up to 3-4 years. Serve just lightly chilled as an aperitif or to accompany a platter of delicatessen meats and cheeses.