Grape Discovery Mixed Case (6 Bottles)
If variety is the spice of life why do most of us stick to four of five international grape varieties? This selection aims to introduce some lesser-known grapes from all over the world meeting some maverick winemakers along the way.
Grapes included: Hondarrabi Zuri, Furmint, Albillo, Susumaniello, Zweigelt and Ciliegiolo.
Bottle RRPs average at £22 but you receive 12% off when bought as part of this mixed case.
In the box you'll find:
Zudugarai, Antxiola, Getariako Txakolina, Spain 2020
Grape: Hondarrabi Zuri
Enjoy Vinho Verde? You'll love this. The Errasti family has been growing grapes and making wine from these vineyards for over 40 years working with the local varieties such as this Hondarrabi Zuri. Renowned for its iconic, spritzy, fresh and young white wine Txakoli, it is particularly loved in the nearby gastronomic mecca of San Sebastian. Fermentation takes place naturally in stainless steel tanks before the wine is bottled while young to retain some of its natural effervescence. Grape and green apple lead, juicy and mouthwatering with lively limey acidity and nice weight.
Matic Wines, A Love Story in 3 Acts: Šipon, Slovenia 2019,
Stajerska is a hilly, predominantly white wine area in north-eastern Slovenia, bordering Austria and Hungary. Befitting its location it has a rich and varied history, with styles and varieties both of itself and of its neighbours. It is here that Matija Žerjav - known as Matic to his friends - farms nine hectares of old, organic family vineyards and makes wine in a cellar dating back to 1852. “We work only with what nature gives us,” says Matic, “so no chemicals in our wines.” These are pure, vibrant, honest expressions of time and place from one of Slovenia’s most exciting young talents. This wine delivers ripe peach, red apple whipped cream and juicy orange notes with a zingy citrus acidity and long finish.
Vinadores de Gredos, Paso de Cebra, Spain, 2018
The wine region of Sierra de Gredos, about a 90 minute drive west of Madrid, is found around its namesake mountain range where it enjoys a warm continental climate at around 650-1200 meters high. Here Albillo is macerated and fermented for 20 days before before transferring to a new large foudre for 9 months. Wine is racked again then a flor is allowed to form (yeast cap which protects the wine from oxygen and adds flavour). Bottled, neither filtered nor decanted.
Very pale, touch cloudy but almost colourless. The nose is very delicate, gentle and floral with slightly perfumed notes of green almonds and Chinese pear. The flor is subtle and well integrated. More almonds follow with a touch of lychee and ripe pear. It is crisp and long and finishes with a lovely bitter note.
Tenuta Serranova, Susumaniello, 2018
Susumaniello ranks amongst the world's rarest wine grapes. Almost exclusively found in the Salice Salento area of Puglia, Southern Italy along with a tiny number of vineyards around Brindisi. This is a lighter style of wine from susumaniello and offers a warm, spicy nose with baked plum and black cherry aromas.
Diwald, Luft & Liebe, Zweigelt, 2017
The Diwalds have been pioneers of organic viticulture in Austria since 1980, and now second generation winemaker Martin is at the reins. He prefers to interfere as little as possible in the cellar, deploying intuition, patience, humility and a top-notch T-shirt collection while farming a series of vineyard plots around the village of Grossriedenthal in Wagram. According to Martin, his ambition is to make “cheerful wines, in which the zest of the region and the philosophy of the vintner are united”. These are cutting edge wines made by one of Austria’s brightest young talents. All the cherry with savoury notes & stunning structure, it’s pure, luxurious & hard to define!
Leonardo Bussoletti, Breccario, 2017
Winemaker Leonardo Bussoletti is in the vanguard of Ciliegiolo revival, working with the University of Milan since 2009 to identify thirty different clones of this ancient grape variety and parent of Sangiovese. Leonardo has nine hectares of organic vineyards in Narni. The local clone, Ciliegiolo di Narni, is now found all over Italy.