This award-winning Kölsch is a good way to ease into summer. Fresh grain marks the nose with gentle floral and light pome fruit flavours balancing this mellow sipper out. Pair it with a farmer’s platter full of fresh cheeses and charcuterie, or a joint and a hammock.
Brightly scented blackberry, wild berry and peppery spice open the way for similar, slightly jammy sweet berry flavours, smooth tannins and agreeably balanced acidity. Zinfandel wild berry character is somewhat tamed down on the finish.
New Zealand Pinot Gris is a chameleon, from rich and concentrated through the spectrum to zesty and lean. This small-parcels Pinot Gris is in the former camp, a textured, spicy and ripe Gris that balances out scented baskets of orchard fruit and musk melon with a zesty, grapefruit acidity. A blanket of lees covers the bottom layer of this fuller-bodied wine, one that ends a bit bluntly with pear skin and ample toasty spice.
Traditional method Blanc de Blanc, 100% Chardonnay. A stream of fine bubbles and gentle mousse, aromas of brioche and orchard fruits followed by a well-structured palate of citrus, green apple and stone fruit, with generous but still lean mouthfeel underpinned by excellent acidity through a persistent finish.
Made with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and a tiny drop of Syrah as the dosage. The colour is pale salmon with a tight and steady stream of bubbles and a nose of strawberries, raspberries, bramble and a subtle herbaceous note. On the palate there is an earthy note to go with a basket of vigorous red fruits that’s more fresh and lively than austere.
Opaque purple-black in colour; high-toned, cedary, lightly floral nose of black fruit. Medium- to full-bodied, richly extracted black plum and blackberry flavours with balancing acidity and well-integrated oak.
A polished Ornellaia with a creamy texture and flavours of cassis, plum, raspberry, anise, herbs and vanilla. Full-bodied, the tannins are ripe, but dusty, with an impressive finale. Cellar for a couple of years so everything folds together and then drink for another 15 afterward.