A mixed case perfect for drinking right now -
Ciello Bianco, Catarratto, Terre Siciliane, Sicily - Cantine Rallo has been producing wine in Western Sicily for over 150 years, most famously for Marsala. Latterly however the firm was taken over by the Vesco family and they have moved to producing more wine, less Marsala and entirely organic farming with a bit of biodynamic experimentation on the side. With vineyards high up in the hills above Alcamo and down on the coast near Marsala they have growing conditions for a wide range of grape varieties. Alongside a more mainstream but delicious range of wines they produce a small but growing range of more naturally produced wines, with no fining, filtration, natural yeasts, minimal if any sulphur and as little as messing about as possible. Fear not though, they are equally delicious if a little more edgy. This wine is made from Catarratto grapes given a few days of skin contact to extract more flavour and substance. This latest vintage has had a little longer on skins and is naturally hazy, a little darker in colour and a bit fuller in flavour. Delicious with seafood pasta or pizza, salads, fresh cheeses or just on its own.
Coto de Gomariz, The Flower and the Bee, Treixadura, Ribeiro, Spain - The new vintage of this wine has just arrived too and we couldn’t resist putting it in this month’s case as it’s totally gorgeous. From the extreme north west of Spain, know as Green Spain because of the relatively high rainfall and low temperatures caused by the weather coming in off the Atlantic. This is native Galician grape variety Treixadura made into a full flavoured wine that’s still light on its feet, with aromas of herbs, white peach and pears. Fantastic with seafood, paella, salads with some personality or young cheese. (There’s a slight deposit of tartrate crystals in some bottles but that’s entirely okay and will cause no harm if you do drink them - it’s just a sign that the wine hasn’t been overly processed and was full of goodness to begin with!)
Viña Zorzal, Garnacha Joven, Navarra, Spain - Navarra is just next to Rioja in Northern Spain and by being just next to rather than in, giving great value for money with plenty of fruit and complexity for your euro. Viña Zorzal is a family producer run by three brothers focused on quality and making balanced wines with a refreshing edge and using higher altitude vineyards and bush trained vines - different grape varieties like different forms of training and Garnacha aka Grenache aka Cannonau likes being bush trained ie as an individual plant as in the picture rather than trained on wires. Which makes it harder to work by machine. This wine is great with grilled food and mature cheeses.
Vale de Capucha, Fossil Tinto, Torres Vedras, Portugal - Another wine bathed by Atlantic breezes, this time from Portugal, just north of Lisbon. Pedro Marques is the fifth generation of a winemaking family and has always been captivated by the subtle, restrained mineral characters of wines from central France. The cool sea breezes help temper the warmth and humidity of the region and maintain freshness in the wines Pedro produces from mainly native varieties. This red is a blend of grapes also used for Port, Tinto Roriz and Touriga Nacional, with a little Syrah for good measure. Fresh, with a little smokiness and pure fruit flavours it’s great with lighter dishes and as an aperitif. Try it a little chilled.
Santa Macarena, Pinot Noir, Aconcagua, Chile - This Pinot was grown on a vineyard just 5km from the coast in Chile. This is a good thing. Lots of Chilean wine is made from grapes grown in the Vale Central, which is dependably sunny, dependably warm and dependably dry. That’s a great thing if you are going on holiday but it doesn’t tend to produce very exciting wines. The combined effect of the Andes mountains and the proximity of the ocean means that the temperature where this wine was grown takes a dramatic dip at night and cooling breezes (due to that famous Humboldt Current I’m sure you remember from geography class) slow down ripening and prevent the wine getting too jammy and heavy. Lighter than some with a lovely almost savoury edge it is a very versatile wine, great with salmon, duck or a roasted veggie tagine.
Delinquente, Bullet Dodger Montepulciano, Riverland, Australia - If you look outside the mainstream sea of “big wine” there’s a whole lot more going in Australia than blockbuster Shiraz and supercharged Chardonnay. Con-Greg, winemaker at Delinquente, uses Italian grape varieties well suited to the Mediterranean climate of the Riverland region to make fun, juicy, and delicious wines. They’re not simple by any means but they are super enjoyable, or as Con-Greg puts it, “smashable”. The typically irreverent and eye-catching labels are by Adelaide street artist Ankles. This is made from Montepulciano grapes grown organically and made in small batch with natural yeasts and minimal messing around. A big bright mediterranean style with bags of fruit and juicy tannin. Perfect barbecue wine.
This case contains one bottle of each of these wines. If any is out of stock or becomes unavailable it will be replaced by one of equal or greater value and deliciousness.