Drinking Outside The Box

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Pinot Gris or Pinot Grigio? Plus Chenin and WA SSB – whatever that is… May 27, 2010 at 8:38 pm

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McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon 2009, Margaret River, Western Australia (£9.99-£10.99 – see below for vast list of stockists)
A touch of green pepper and citrus, but it’s English summer fruit flavours that dominate – apples, pears, and rhubarb – with all being kept in check by a spine of fresh acidity. B+

Fairview Chenin Blanc 2009, Darling, South Africa (£8.49 www.sawinesonline.co.uk, Liberty Wines)
Starts of a little jelly-like, but then musky pear skin and tangy apple crumble flavours come through, rounded and full bodied with the Chenin acidity to keep it sitting upright. B(+)

The Gum Pinot Grigio 2009, Adelaide Hills, Australia (£10.79 Marks & Spencer)
Succulent, refreshing and food friendly wine, with rather more personality and depth of flavour than run-of-the-mill Pinot Grigio. Clean and tangy, with apple, pear and peach flesh, and an almost volcanic, minerally edge to the finish. B+

Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2009, Clare Valley, Australia (£11.50 www.australianwinecentre.co.uk)
A richer fleshier style of wine, this has aromas of honey and blossom, and plush peach, lychee and mango flavours, tinged with ginger. Off-dry and slightly nutty, with an almost creamy edge, but with citus tang to provide balance. S(-)

OK, now for all those McHenry Hohnen Semillon Sauvignon stockists…
Ann et Vin, Newark; Bablake Wines, Coventry; Cartwright Brothers Vintners, London; The City Beverage Company, Hoxton; Continental Wines, Biggleswade; C & O Wines, Timperley; Eagles Wine, Battersea; Flourish and Prosper, Howden; Francis Fine Wines Ltd, Leicester; General Wine & Liquor Co, Liphook; Quaff Fine Wine, Hove; Hennings Wine Merchants, Pulborough; Medina Wines, Yarmouth; The Wine Society; Handford; N D John Wine Merchants, Swansea; Willoughby’s Wine Warehouse, Cheshire; Cheviot Wines, Glasgow; Mounts Bay Wine Co, Penzance; Duncan Murray Wines, Leicester; Nethergate Wines, Cavendish; Partridges, Chelsea; Penistone Court Cellars; Planet of the Grapes, London; The Smiling Grape Company, St Neots; The Southwell Vintner, Southwell; St. Austell Brewery Co; Tanners, Wine Rack; Vineyard Wines, Bury; The Vineyard, Dorking; H T White & Co, Eastbourne; Whole Foods Market, Kensington; Wimbledon Wine Cellar; Windermere Wine Stores; The Wine Cellar, Douglas; La Zouch, Ashby de la Zouch.

Categorised in: Adelaide Hills, Chenin Blanc, Clare Valley, Margaret River, Pinot Grigio/Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, South Africa

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