Whites and Rosé

Chenin Blanc 2016

Without consulting my trusty Thesaurus, I am not entirely sure what the word unctuous means. However if I have ever tasted a wine that fits the word better or evokes the feeling of unctuousness more strongly, it has entirely slipped my mind. As thick as a peanut butter Dagwood sandwich and as sweet as an overaged cherub, this wine wraps itself around you like a well-worn tyre and will not release you unscathed.

 

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Grüner Veltliner 2016

No one was as surprised as we were by the way our customers old and new, took to this little known grape variety with the unpronounceable name. We’ve heard it called everything from Grunter Vintner to Groovy Jetliner but the important thing is that people were charmed by the unusual combination of grainy texture, beguiling sweetness, bounteous fruit and an acid balance which walks just a little on the wild side –and many were prepared to put their money where their mouths had just been.

 

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Sauvignon Blanc 2016

It is generally accepted that Sauvignon Blanc, any Sauvignon Blanc should be drunk while the vintage on the label still matches the year on the home screen of your mobile phone. But dare to dream…. what if you cellared the wine for 2, 3 or 4 years, would the fruit really taste like an overcooked tin of beans?

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Chardonnay 2014

Of the plethora of jobs on the “to do” list during vintage, most winemakers I talk to agree that running Chardonnay juice to barrel is one of the most exciting and satisfying. The prospect of the same juice undergoing a dozen different fermentations in a dozen different barrels, each coming away with its own nuances of flavour and texture is I believe, the essence of our craft.

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