While much of the appeal of wine is its history and traditions, it doesn’t mean that the wine world has stopped innovating. At the start of the year we predicted that wine consumers were becoming ever more adventurous with their choices, and we haven’t been disappointed.
If you’re looking to stir up your wine list with something a little different we’ve picked 5 fantastic wines with quirky grapes to get you started.
San Salvatore Jungano / Grape: Aglianico / Country: Italy
Named Jungano, the local dialect name for the town of Giungano where the winery is located, this spicy red is made from the indigenous Aglianico variety; the organically-grown grapes are grown in the Cannito vineyard close to the sea. Deep, intense purple-red, the nose shows integrated fresh ripe mulberry and hedgerow fruit with spicy, cinnamon oak coming through on the finish.
- Silver (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
- Silver (2013) International Wine Challenge 2016
Soellner Fumberg Grüner / Grape: Grüner Veltliner / Country: Austria
A rich, biodynamic Veltliner from old, deep-rooted vines, some as old as 20 years; made from the best, ripest grapes from old Grüner Veltliner vines. The grapes are grown organically and are hand-selected and pneumatically pressed. It is finished in big casks and is bottled only after maturation at least eight months later.
- Bronze (2013) International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
- Bronze (2013) International Wine Challenge 2015
Casa Rojo El Gordo del Circo / Grape: Verdejo / Country: Spain
Whilst the grape variety Verdejo performs admirably in the largest region of Spain, Castilla y León, the top examples come from Rueda situated astride the River Duero, to the south. Here on old vines, grown in pebble-strewn vineyards the best grapes are grown - harvested at night to keep the grapes cool. Bright and aromatic, wide and intense on the palate with a spicy richness.
Ceres Swansong Vineyard / Grape: Pinot Gris / Country: New Zealand
The Pinot Gris is sourced from the Full Circle Vineyard on Felton Road; this is the first single vineyard release for Ceres who believe it to be an excellent reflection of the location’s terroir. The grapes are processed in the absence of oxygen to ensure the delicate fruit aromas are retained. A stunning example of why New Zealand Pinot Gris has people so excited.
- Gold (2015) Sommelier Wine Awards 2016
- Bronze (2015) International Wine Challenge 2016
Errázuriz 1870 / Grape: Carmenère / Country: Chile
A velvety Carmenère displaying red-fruit aromas matched with spice; the palate is intense, juicy with a degree of elegance to the structure. Carmenère was originally brought to Chile from south-west France where it was a key grape variety used in the production of claret about 150 years ago.
- Commended (2013) Sommelier Wine Awards 2015
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