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Club Reserva white wine tasting notes

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

Terre di Giumara Grillo 2013

This gorgeous golden Sicilian white offers intriguing notes of lime, ripe pear and ground almond over a tingling fresh backbone of green apple and tropical fruit flavours.

About this wine:

Grillo is a historic Italian grape variety that thrives along Sicily’s south-western coast near Marsala where it’s an important component of the area’s famous sweet wine. But Grillo also makes excellent dry whites when the grapes are carefully grown and vinified, such as this example from Terre di Giumara. Winemaker Giuseppe Clementi is an expert in bringing the best out of this and the island’s other indigenous grapes, creating a wine with a wonderful balance of freshness and complexity.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this characterful white lightly chilled, either as a refreshing summer aperitif or to wash down oily fish like sardines and mackerel, or pasta with seafood and herbs.

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • suitable for
    vegetarians

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Sicily | Marsala

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Grillo

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £74.94 per case of 6

Lantana Semillon-Chardonnay 2013

Lantana Semillon-Chardonnay 2013

Fabulously fresh aromas of ripe yellow fruits, melon and peach are followed by exuberant peach and vanilla on the palate. A mouth-watering tang of tropical pineapple and a hint of hazelnut makes this wine a completely delicious mouthful.

About this wine:

A skilful blend of 60% Semillon and 40% Chardonnay from Australia’s sunny heartland – the Murray-Darling region. Here, red loam and limestone soils, hours of Aussie sunshine and the cooling waters of the Murray River ensure full ripeness and wines that are brimming with flavour. This wine is made by Anthony Murphy, whose family have been growing grapes here since 1909. Anthony believes the vibrant flavours of these grapes need no oak embellishment.

Serving suggestion:

The lovely smooth pineapple fruit of this white will partner roast pork or chicken to a treat – match the fruitiness with a rich casserole such as braised pork with apricots, ginger and thyme. Try it with richer fish dishes too such as salmon poached in white wine or a Provençal Bouillabaisse fish stew.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Australia | Murray-Darling

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Semillon, Chardonnay

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £62.94 per case of 6

 

Charles Smith ‘The Honourable’ Riesling 2013

Charles Smith ‘The Honourable’ Riesling 2013

A dry and vibrant style of Riesling from cool-climate Washington State offering gloriously fresh lemon and lime flavours over a finely balanced and very moreish palate.

About this wine:

M&S Winemaker Belinda Kleinig sourced this punchy Riesling from North America’s most exciting new-wave winemaker, Charles Smith. Renowned for his expertise in getting the best from Washington State’s cool climate, Smith creates iconic wines with bright aromatics and bags of well-defined fruit character. The vineyards for this Riesling lie along steep, sustainably farmed cliffs above the Columbia River where the vines are tempered by cool air, pushing the acid balance of the grapes and increasing the wines’ freshness.

Serving suggestion:

Serve this mouth-watering white lightly chilled and drink while young and fruity. Try it with all manner of spicy dishes from Asian noodles to salt and pepper squid.

  • dry white

  • Screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    USA | Washington State

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Riesling

  • ALCOHOL

    12.5% by volume

  • SRP

    £12.49 per bottle

 

Santa Julia Viognier 2013

Santa Julia Viognier 2013

This modern Argentinian Viognier is all about glorious tropical fruit and honeysuckle aromas and a rounded, peachy palate that finishes on a nice citrussy tang.

About this wine:

Santa Julia is one of the wineries under the Familia Zuccardi stable, an Argentinian estate who’ve made their name turning more unusual European grape varieties into successful New World wines. This seductive Viognier is no exception, a classic Rhône white wine grape given a distinctive spin by quality, if unorthodox, Mendocenean winemaking. Natalia Cáceres has endeavoured to reveal the full character of this unique grape: hand-harvesting the fruit and keeping the wine unoaked to show off all its fruity splendour.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this expressive white within a year to capture its freshness, either as an aperitif or, true to its French heritage, with lobster, scallops and spicy crab dishes.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    Argentina | Mendoza

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    14% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

 

Prieur Saint Esprit Chardonnay, 2013

Prieur Saint Esprit Chardonnay, 2013

This sunny white is bursting with warm lime and mango aromas over a smooth palate of ripe peach and candied citrus peel flavours with a rich and buttery finish.

About this wine:

Based in the heart of Minervois, producer Jean d’Alibert has collaborated with famous Bordeaux vigneron Hugh Ryman on this wine. To create a white with a difference, the winemakers have sourced grapes from two different areas – beautifully ripe Chardonnay grapes from warm Mediterranean vineyards and a small amount of Viognier from cooler vineyards in the hills near Carcassonne. They then fermented the Chardonnay in French oak barrels before blending, to soften the ripe fruit and add a warm toasty richness.

Serving suggestion:

Enjoy this wine over the next two-to-three years, lightly chilled as an aperitif or served alongside roast chicken, dressed crab or barbecued pork.

  • dry white

  • screw cap

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Languedoc

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Chardonnay (85%), Viognier

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £10.99 per bottle

 

Ventoux Les Traverses Blanc 2013

Ventoux Les Traverses Blanc 2013

An elegant, lightly complex white with lemon, pear and sweet melon characters filling the nose and palate. A tingling, mineral finish keeps things dry and tangy while the ripe fruit generates gorgeous – but gently restrained – sweetness.

About this wine:

From the warm, windy hillisides of the Southern Rhône, where these two classic varieties – Grenache Blanc and Bourboulenc – survive the buffeting Mistral winds and scorching hot summers with ease. Grenache Blanc provides 80% of the blend and is renowned for its luscious fruitiness, while Bourboulenc gives this wine its refreshing citrus notes.

Serving suggestion:

Serve chilled as an aperitif or with simple seafood dishes of fresh oysters and mussels. Try it with party snacks or perhaps a plate of grilled asparagus with butter.

  • dry white

  • natural cork

  • COUNTRY | REGION

    France | Rhône

  • GRAPE VARIETY

    Grenache Blanc, Bourboulence

  • ALCOHOL

    13% by volume

  • SRP

    £56.94 per case of 6

 

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