Here we go again…the second instalment of our wines you may not know series.
12 incredible wines from all over the world. Some you may have heard of, some not so much! All excellent and all ready for trying…
Another global wine adventure in 12 bottles!
This case contains:
2 x Tenuta Serranova Susumaniello 2017 – Puglia, Italy
Susumaniello is a traditional Puglian variety, native to the Brindisi region and recently rediscovered. Vallone are one of the pioneers of this juicy, characterful grape and have10 hectares planted on their Tenuta Serranova estate. This wine appears in The Wine Merchant Top 100, 2020
GRAPE: SUSUMANIELLO 100%
2 x Debajo Dry Farmed Carignan 2019 – Valle Central, Chile
Made from dry-farmed Carignan grown in Curico’s coastal mountains. Debajo means ‘beneath’ and refers to the vines’ struggle for water, digging their roots through the cracks in the dry earth to find water reserves deep beneath the ground. This wine is edgy, with good acidity and tannins but also has a lovely purity of blackberry and mulberry fruit. It has a long, fresh finish leaving you wanting more!
GRAPE: CARIGNAN 85%, GRENACHE 15%
2 x Cicada Blanc by Chante Cigale, Vin de France 2019
Cicada takes its name from the famed ‘singing cicadas’ of Provence and the wine too sings of the warm vineyards of the south. Easy-drinking, unoaked and not too serious but still a properly flavoursome white wine with lovely aromatics on the nose, nice weight on the palate and a fresh, bright finish.
GRAPE: VIOGNIER 30%, PIQUEPOUL BLANC 30%, GRENACHE BLANC 40%
This boutique Châteauneuf-du-Pape producer, owned and run by the Jourdan family of Domaine Chante Cigale, makes classically spicy wines from the Grenache and Syrah grapes. Its flagship wine is an archetypal and rustic Châteauneuf-du-Pape blended by Alex Favier, but don’t overlook the Cicada wines as they offer bags of Mediterranean style.
2 x Strange Bru Ruby Cabernet 2018, Swartland, South Africa
Ruby Cab’s parentage comes through in its leafy Cab Sauv nose, but the palate is driven by an earthier relative – Carignan. This is a mouthful of crushed rubies, at once dark and glittering with cassis and minerals. The finish is powerful, savoury and darkly rich.
GRAPE: RUBY CABERNET 100%
What’s this then? SKU is a casual band of happy ferments. A circus tent of the Cape’s stranger grapes and blends. They will champion the unfashionable, experiment with the known and express the found before it gets lost. Mistakes are likely, fun certain. Welcome to Strange Kompanjie, a Cultivar Club for the Underdog.
2 x Montevista Carmenère 2019 – Valle del Maule, Chile
Multi-award winning, firm, yet juicy, cooler-climate Carmenere. Fresh, blueberry fruit with a serious savoury character and touch of spice on the finish.
GRAPE: CARMENÈRE 100%
The grapes for Montevista Carmenère are grown in the Maule Valle, the oldest planted and most southerly of Chile’s central valley regions with rocky, riverine, mineral soil fed by broad, pure glacial rivers. The high mountain vineyards can be surprisingly cool which gives a freshness to the wine.
2 x Bricco Battistina Gavi 2016 – Piemonte, Italy
The best Cortese grapes from some of the older vines are selected at the La Battistina estate. These are typically sourced from the higher vineyards with poor chalky soil – hence ‘Bricco’ – which refers to the crown of the hill in Piemontese dialect. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit with light oaky notes. The palate has ripe orchard fruits and fresh balancing acidity – to give a complex and textural wine with perfectly integrated oak.
GRAPE: CORTESE 100%