You can always count on Fielding to make a solid Riesling, regardless of the vintage. Here you will find a ripe personality of peach, honey, flowers, tutti frutti and a touch of honey. Good weight, balance and acidity round out the mix.
This is a full-blown Chardonnay in true California style. Straw in colour with an intense, lifted tropical-fruit nose and nicely integrated oak. Rich and full on the palate with full-bodied, nutty, toasty flavours finishing on a lingering tangerine note.
Mellow citrus, tropical fruit and banana with a light oaky vanilla note and creamy texture, all kept in balance by brisk acidity and an agreeable trace of mineral.
Swap your white wine for a bottle of Cidre Blanc, a blend of barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc and heritage apples made by venerated cider maker and chef Chris Haworth. Whiffs of lime zest, dried grass, peach and touch of funk on the nose, with some stone fruit flavours on the sip. An effervescent and moussey body with a dry finish, this cider is refreshing with zippy acidity.
Open, easy-drinking and fresh, this excellent value offers apple, mineral and citrus flavours, crisp with good acidity and a clean finish. Pinot Grigio, in general, deservedly gets a bad rap because of the abundance of insipid offerings on the market, but when it’s made well, it is a lovely, drinkable and food-versatile wine. The best-quality entry-level Pinot Grigio available on the market.
One of my favourite bottlings from Havana Club, Selección de Maestros is a collaborative effort from the Maestros Roneros Guild of Cuba, spearheaded by Havana Club’s premier rum master, Don José Navarro. Loaded on the nose with coffee, orange peel, caramelized peaches, vanilla and cedar, this hyper-fruity yet decidedly dry rum is a joy to sip. It’s so smooth that only the depth of flavour hints at its barrel strength (45%).
The black/violet colour heralds a perfume of blackberries, crème de cassis, plums, raspberries, violets, spice and hints of tar. Full-bodied, the wine is rich and mouth-coating, with loads of dark fruit, mocha and spice. The plummy tannins are integrated to the point that some might not even perceive them. Drink over the next 5 years.