Far removed from the situation when I first started out in wine, we now have a dazzling array of grape varieties available to us when choosing a wine, so we really have no excuse to slavishly stick to the same old favourites.
Of course being a bit of a wine geek myself, I’m always on the lookout for something new, but don’t worry I haven’t chosen any of these wines just for curiosity’s sake, they all stand up on their own merit, so with our 10% back loyalty promotion running why not take the opportunity this bank holiday weekend to step away from the Sauvignon, move off the Merlot and put down the Pinot Grigio, I can guarantee the selection below will not disappoint!
Recently rescued from the brink of extinction, Pecorino is an ancient grape variety with great quality potential, La Piuma has a creamy texture and rounded flavours of peach and spice leading to an intense, clean finish. ‘Pecorino’ translates as ‘little sheep’, it is so named because the local sheep liked to snack on the grapes, so it is more than a little serendipitous that this wine is a particularly good match with the hard Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk which is also named Pecorino.
A blend of two grape varieties native to South west France; Colombard & Gros Manseng, Le Labyrinthe Côtes de Gascogne is a Sauvignon-style white which is incredibly fresh and fruity with grapefruit aromas and underlying exotic fruit. The palate is zesty and refreshing with a long finish on those underlying exotic notes, close your eyes and you could be in Marlborough! This incredibly versatile white works perfectly with a wide range of dishes from grilled shellfish to zingy goat’s cheese salads.
La Purisima is 100% Monastrell (Mourvèdre) grown on old-vines at Purisima's estate vineyards located in Yecla in south east Spain. Widely-grown in Southern Spain and France, there is no doubt that Monastrell is a variety which is incredibly well adapted to Yecla’s intense climate. It is capable thriving even through the long hot summers, long periods of drought, and brusque changes of weather. Three months ageing in oak perfectly complements the beautiful dark-fruited character of this wine. This is a great red wine choice for a BBQ.
Predominantly composed of the Port varietals Touriga Franca & Touriga Nacional and made by legendary 'Barca Velha' winemaker Jose Maria Soares Franco, Tons de Duorum oozes character, aromas of violet and black fruit burst from the glass. When you taste it, it is jam-packed with ripe blackberry and damson fruit wrapped up in a silky smooth palate. To see this wine at its best try it alongside a chargrilled rib-eye steak.