Wine Tasting Video: Spicy Whites from Alsace, Australia, New Zealand & Chile

Hugel Gentil 2009, Alsace, France (£10.49 Cambridge Wine Merchants, The Oxford Wine Company, Rhythm & Booze)
Fragrant but still fresh and dry, with gentle lychee, rose petal and citrus (with the peel) pepped up with nutty toasty spice notes, a touch of woodsmoke and a taut pithy finish. B+

Tim Adams Pinot Gris 2009, Clare Valley, Australia (£11 Tesco Online)
Off-dry and slightly pink in colour, with zingy peach, pear, peach and very ripe orange flavours (crystallised orange too), a nice mix of sweet and sour, with a spine of freshness and light minerality. S-

Akarua Pinot Gris 2009, Central Otago, New Zealand (£15.95 Harvey Nichols, Philglas & Swiggot, Cellarmarque, Woodwinters, Winearray, Woods Wines)
A fuller richer and drier style, with orange, just-ripe peach and greengage flavours, and a lightly nutty finish. Despite the flesh, there’s enough fresh citrus acidity to hold it all together. S-

Hugel Gewürztraminer 2009, Alsace, France (£13.99 Taste Fine Wines, T&W Wines,
Rich but dry, wonderfully poised style, classic lychee and rose petal, with a stern toasty, nutty dryness and a touch of ginger, tasty and long. S

Torres Santa Digna Gewürztraminer 2010, Central Valley, Chile (£7.99 Charles Steevenson, Denhoffer Wines, Experience Wines, Partridges, Sandhams Wine Merchants, Telford Wines)
Typical Turkish Delight and lychee aromas, but let down by slightly simple lemon jelly flavours. C+

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