Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Three Spring Aromatics
The Beast from the East may be set to growl again this weekend, but it is undeniable that the days are gettting longer and temperatures are, overall rising.
Here are three wines with just the right mix of aromatics to match with lighter foods yet the heft to be more weighty than mere garden sippers.
All are thoroughly enjoyable; the Kleine Zalze Chenin is, however, quite a revelation.
Cune Barrel Fermented Blanco 2016 (£10.15, Co-op, independents) ripe, fresh orchard fruit and galia melon; pure with long saline minerality. Elegant, substantial and deft with fresh citrus flavours and toasty richness.
Match with seafood starters or chicken dishes.
Kleine Zalze Vineyard Selection Chenin Blanc 2017 (£10.60, independents) rich, tropical honeysuckle, guava and pineapple with fresh green apple and quince. Delicious subtle oak and fresh, balancing acidity.
Good and Very Good Value.
Match with goat’s cheese or smoked fish.
Left Field Albarino 2017 (£14.55 Wine Rack, Cambridge Wine Merchants, independents) experssive and aromatic, citrussy kiwi white with melon and peach fruit and zippy lime. Fresh and mineral.
Match with Thai curries or green salads with coriander.