It’s difficult to pick out personal favourites from a cast of almost a thousand different wines, but these bottles are just a few of my absolute bankers, always on rotation at home. The whites all share a firm backbone, lively energy, and a fine mineral texture borne out from the soils on which the grapes were grown. It seems unfair to advance any one of these marvellous producers over the others, but special mentions go to David Nieuwoudt’s Chenin Blanc at Cederberg Private Cellar, from some of the highest and driest vineyards in all of South Africa. Also the thrilling Grüner Veltliner Felix by Weingut Weszeli from the town of Langenlois in the heart of Austria’s Kamptal. I am also not embarrassed to say that I am a rosé fiend, even a hint of sunshine will do for me to pull a cork. The pick of the Provence for me is the organic, pure and beautiful Sainte Victoire Côtes de Provence Rosé by Domaine Pinchinat.
As to the reds, an everyday go-to for me is Trilogie Rouge by Château Viranel. Based in Saint-Chinian, inland from Béziers in the Languedoc, and run by the Bergasse family since the 16th century. The local limestone hills combined with the decidedly Mediterranean climate, produce robust, generous, garrigue-infused wines. Trilogie is no exception but combines that with brilliant balance and freshness. Weingut Shwarztrauber’s Spätburgunder is another wine that has a natural brightness. A Pinot Noir from Germany’s Pfalz region, the grapes are all grown organically with a concern for ecological balance. The wine is then treated minimalistically with low-sulphites, resulting in intensely crunchy berry fruit, and an inherent raciness. Finally, one for wines of absolutely all styles, I’d like to bring attention to our vermouth. Vermut Golfo by one of Ribera del Duero’s best producers, Cillar de Silos, is one of the dark, cola-infused, smoky styles. Several cubes of ice, a green olive and slice of orange, this should be the first port of call to begin any evening. Then you can open your white.
Trade Sales Manager