Keeping It Cool - WHITES
Three whites to showcase a wide range of styles and regions. An aromatic blend from Tuscany, a textured and complex Friulano from Slovenia, and funky yet precise Riesling from Germany. All full of character and generous in their own ways, but ultimately a pleasure to drink.
Featured here (left to right):
(Tuscany, Italy) Fattoria di Sammontana - Prunecchio 2019
An exciting blend of Trebbiano, Sauv Blanc, and Malvasia. The Trebbiano Toscano brings a saline and mineral edge, the Sauvignon brings freshness and texture, whilst the pinch of Malvasia adds a gorgeous aromatic lift. A refreshing wine that punches above its weight year after year. Made by Daniele & Dario, the fourth generation at this Tuscan estate. Within the range they make a balanced mix of traditional Sangioveses along with experimental wines vinified in clay amphoras (see the orange wine section).
(Goriška Brda, Slovenia) Atelier Kramar - Bohem 2017
Made from the local Tocai Friulano grape, this is a white wine with mouth-filling texture, gorgeous sweet spice and white peach aromatics, and a mineral finish that goes on and on and on. The wine sees three days of skin contact but doesn't pick up much colour. A must-taste. Made by former artists Katja and Matjaz, who built their dream atelier in the picturesque Brda region and eventually fell into winemaking full time. Wines rooted in local tradition but with a modern expression and real elegance.
(Mosel, Germany) Staffelter Hof - Papa Panda's Rising 2018
A very unique Riesling from the Mosel in Germany. Mineral and tense but with proper texture, roundness, and an exciting aromatic that will keep your nose in the glass. Very un-Mosel-like, that's for sure. Made by Jan Klein, the latest generation at the helm on this historical estate which has been in the family since 1805, but operating as a winery since 862...! Jan started to produce a special range of wines with no added sulphites in 2014, a range that has now expanded to nearly ten singular wines.