Wine Tasting Video: Assorted whites from Chile, Italy, France & South Africa


The second instalment of a set of random whites I tasted in May – the first is here.

Cantina di Monteforte ‘Passo Avanti’ Soave 2009, Veneto, Italy (£7.99 Waitrose)
Proper Soave, offering tangy peach and tropical fruit flavours with a nutty honeyed edge and a fresh, pure minerally finish. S(-)

Taste the Difference Wild Valley Chenin Blanc 2010, Wellington, South Africa (£7.99 Sainsbury’s)
Good mix of richness and freshness, combining exotic paw-paw and guava flesh with more bracing citrus flavours, and adding a dollop of honey for good measure. Good but just a touch simple. B

Jean François Mérieau ‘Fleuve Blanc’ Vouvray 2005, Loire, France (£15.95 Caviste, Carte Blanche Wines)
A completely different style of Chenin, with rounded citrus, apple (cooked and fresh) and slightly-undercooked cake mixture flavours pepped up by intriguing notes of warm roof tiles (bit pretentious, but, hey), burnt sugar and beeswax, and with a real undercurrent of the soil running through the wine. Rich but elegant, and a wonderfully complex and tasty treat. S+

Yali National Reserva Viognier 2010, Colchagua, Chile (£7.99 Majestic)
Has some of the peachiness that you expect from Viognier, but misses out on the exuberant fleshy nuttiness, and finishes with just too much lemon jelly cube character. C(+)


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