Assorted Whites from Australia, England & Italy


Tahbilk MarsanneTahbilk Marsanne 2014, Nagambie Lakes, Australia (£11 Armit Wines, Taurus Wines)
With its floral apple crumble character, dry mineral zestiness and touch of honey, there’s plenty going on in this wine. Drinking well now, but from past experience of this wine, I know it’s going to give pleasure for several more years, with those mineral and honeyed notes intensifying. S(-)

Flint ValleyDenbies Flint Valley NV, England (£9.49 Waitrose)
Available by the glass in the House of Commons, but don’t let that put you off, this has the sappy Sauvignon-esque edge of Seyval Blanc set against the more floral character of Reichensteiner, with a touch of smokiness from partial oak-aging. But overall, it’s fey rather than fine, and I’m not what the Reichensteiner brings to the party. C(+)

GaviLa Battistina Gavi 2015, Piedmont, Italy (£10 John Hattersley, Amps Fine Wines)
There’s a lot of insipid Gavi around. This isn’t one of them. There’s plenty of zippy citrus and apple flavour (cooked apple too), plus a creamy/nutty richness and a pert briny tang to the finish. Yum. S-

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