Drinking Outside The Box

With Simon Woods – wine for people who have a life

Grüner Veltliner, Sicilian Muscat, Cape Chenin and a tasty Friulian white January 15, 2010 at 11:10 am

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Really enjoyed this quartet of very different whites

Felsner Moosburgerin Grüner Veltliner 2008, Kremstal, Austria (£9.49 Waitrose)
Clean, tangy peppery style, nice mix of lime and grapefruit tang with an earthier weightier core, also some pebbly/minerally character, fresh vibrant finish. S(-)

Duca di Castelmonte Gibele Zibibbo Secco 2008, Sicily, Italy (£11.49 Hallgarten Druitt, www.wineman.co.uk, www.everywine.co.uk, Winos)
Fleshy grape and orange flavours tinged with rose petal and jasmine, quite full bodied, with an almost oily walnut edge. Perhaps too big for an aperitif, but good with fuller fish dishes. S-

The Society’s Exhibition Chenin Blanc 2008, Piekenierskloof, South Africa (£9.50 The Wine Society)
Cooked apple and honey, quite powerful, rich but bracing, thanks to zesty acidity, very tasty now, but will become even more honeyed with another couple of years in bottle. S(-)

La Tunella La Linda Colli Orientali di Friuli 2008, Italy (N/A in UK)
Richness and peachy flesh backed up by some creamy/bready lees character and a clay-like minerality, touch of pomegranate, and an edge of spice, one of those wines that creeps up on you. S-

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