Assorted Whites from Italy, Germany, Romania & France

Bit of a mish-mash – but a nice mish-mash…

Cantina Gadoro Beneventano Fiano 2013, Campania, Italy (£8.99 Waitrose)
Reminds me of a white Bordeaux with a dollop of Viognier in there. Tinned pear, nutty, peachy exuberance and a touch of vanilla all reined in by a spine of herbal freshness. Tasty and mouthfilling yet comes in at a gentle 12% alcohol. B+

Pelassa Roero Arneis ‘San Vito’ 2013, Piedmont, Italy (£13.99 Red Squirrel Wine)
One of those wines that’s as much about texture as flavour. Walnuts and marzipan to the fore, peachy floral nuances in the background, weighty with a honeyed note, but finishes with freshness and mineral bite. S-

G. Stepp Pinot Blanc Limestone 2013, Pfalz, Germany (£16.99 Naked Wines)
This may be a little severe for some, but I love its brisk stoniness, its tense citrus and melon flavours and its precise finish – wine with firm, chiselled cheekbones… S(-)

Recas Estate Solo Quinta 2012, Romania (£11.70 Tanners)
Eclectic cocktail of peaches and cream, hazelnut, honeysuckle and vanilla, with a floral aroma and appley freshness to hold everything together. B+

Simpsons of Sainte Rose Low Yield Roussanne 2012, Pays d’Oc, France (£13.49 Naked Wines)
Combines the exotic smoky character of lapsang souchong tea with musky pear and heady, heavy blossom notes. Broad-shouldered but narrow-waisted, tasty and different. S-

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