A serious challenge picking out just twelve wines which has required much deliberation. I have always kept a large percentage of old world wines in my ‘cellar’, however, since acquainting myself with the brilliant New World wines Bancroft have to offer, I am slowly becoming less of a Europhile. To start, I have selected something very close to home with the Traditional Method Kingscote Estate NV, bursting with complex, bright apple and rose aromas and a fine, sumptuous mousse. A couple of the New World wines I have fallen in love with are the Ataraxia Chardonnay and the Frankland Estate Isolation Ridge Riesling; the Ataraxia has tons of creamy stone fruits, zesty citrus peel and mineral freshness, almost reminiscent of a Puligny Montrachet, and the luscious Isolation Ridge Riesling, I’ve discovered, is a great match with fish curry.
For something completely different, there’s the Natural Zweigelt from Hajszan Neumann. An entirely natural wine from the ancient Nussberg vineyard site. Mash-fermented and aged in concrete eggs, the Zweigelt offers incredibly juicy black fruit and brooding spices enveloped in pure freshness and fine tannins. The Telmo Rodriguez Gaba do Xil Branco is one of the finest examples of Godello that I’ve come across, grown in the Valdeorras region or “Valley of Gold” in Spanish. The rest are some of my absolute favourites, including the juicy, complex and structured Monte del Fra Valpolicella Ripasso and the Fond Croze Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Confidence which I first tasted about 8 years ago and keep going back to for its pure bramble fruit aromatics, peppery spice and silky tannins.
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