This single-vineyard Chardonnay is really Burgundian in style: straw-coloured with a spicy apple and forest-floor nose heightened by vanilla oak. It's full-bodied and elegant; beautifully balanced peach and apple flavours with great length.
Restrained yet complex aromas of blueberry, red cherry, black pepper and hints of sausage. The austere mineral-driven palate offers tart raspberry and blackberry flavours. Somewhat astringent tannins give way to focused cocoa and coffee bean. Pair with lamb shanks.
Ruby-purplish. Nero d’Avola is a grape found in South Italy that often produces very nice wines. Blended with 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, this expression shows a nice fruity nose with an animal touch that retains a good freshness. Tannins are finely grained; it is full-bodied but has a nice finesse to it. Drink now.
Though the Schiava grape might be new to you, it's been grown in Alto Adige since the 16th century. Also known as Vernatsch or Trollinger, the grape produces light, fragrant reds typically with moderate alcohol and light tannins. This elegant, lightly-hued example from Nals Margreid is an excellent introduction; 100+-year-old vines yield a light red with delicate wild strawberries, raspberries, perfumed pink florals and a thin vein of minerality. The palate, also quietly confident, brings delicate strawberries and anise, fine pink peppercorn spice, a slight grip of tannins and a subtle smoked stoniness. Acidity is freely lifted and the finish lingering. Pair with charcuterie, specifically speck, on a midsummer eve.
Dense purple-black in colour with a fruitcake nose, tinged with sweet herbs. It's full-bodied and dry with a fruity, blackberry flavour and very classy for its price tag. Try it with roast lamb or a pork chop.
A vibrant and flavourful Oregon Pinot Noir. Full-bodied, there is a plethora of red berry fruit, alongside plum, beetroot, rose, spice, mushroom and smoke. Juicy acidity, fine tannins and a velvety complete and seductive package. Drink until 2022.
Purplish rim. Seductive nose of fine herbs, red flowers, liquorice, ripe berries. Wisely oaked. Surprisingly fresh, velvety, powerful; the tannins are impressively tender and chewy. Finish is very long and firm. A great wine by all counts, albeit expensive.