White Wine Iuris Saltwater Sauvignon Blanc 2021. Serve well chilled. As refreshing as a summer dip in the sea, this featherlight Sauvignon Blanc exudes lemony freshness, salty minerality and hints of elderberries on the nose. Take a sip and you’ll immediately feel energized by the vibrant acidity and lively citrus flavours which make this an excellent match for scallops, pan-fried white fish or creamy risottos. Thanks to the vivacious personality of this white, you can even serve it alongside tricky ingredients like asparagus or artichokes which can be very difficult to pair with wine. This versatile and gastronomic Sauvignon Blanc is the work of Iuris Winery based in the Danube region of Croatia. Although the winery itself only dates back to 1977, many of the vineyards on the site were planted in 1910. Around 85% of the vineyards are dedicated to red grape varieties with the rest planted with Sauvignon Blanc and the indigenous Graševina grape. The winery harvests the Sauvignon Blanc grapes for this wine just before full maturity to preserve freshness and create a vibrant, clean style. To provide balance to the crisp acidity and a rounded mouthfeel, Iuris Winery ferment 15% of the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in large 500 litre barrels which are made out of American and Slavonian oak.
White Wine Iuris Saltwater Sauvignon Blanc 2021
White Wine Knoll Gruner Veltliner Federspiel 2021. The Knoll family have played a critical role in establishing the Wachau’s reputation as one of the finest white wine producing regions in the world. The family bottled their first wines in the 1950s and first began to use their trademark image of Saint Urban in 1962. Today their iconic labels are famous across Austria and beyond. Nowadays the estate is run by Emmerich II and Monika Knoll together with their son Emmerich II who work 15 hectares of vines in and around the village of Unterloiben. Their Gruner Veltliner Federspiel is sourced from estate vineyards in and around Unterloiben which have an average age of 20-25 years and are planted on well-draining sandy aluvial soils. The grapes are harvested by hand to maintain quality and fermented using a combination of wild and commercial yeasts. The young wine is then aged on the lees for 3 months before bottling. The nose opens with subtle aromas of red apples, bright citrus and fresh herbs while the first sip reveals a light body, refreshing acidity and pure, clean finish with white peach and zesty notes. This energetic Gruner makes a great aperitif or partner for summer salads, fresh seafood and fish dishes, or sushi and spicy Asian dishes.
White Wine Ktima Gerovassiliou Chardonnay 2021. No need to decant. The Ktima Gerovassiliou winery is the private project of the famous winemaker Vangelis Gerovassiliou, who in 1981 decided to recover the old family vineyards to open his own winery in the Papamola di Epanomi region. Today Vangelis produces excellent wines from local and international blends and follows the production together with his 3 children. The wine is produced with Chardonnay grapes from vines planted in 1983. The grapes are first left in contact with the skins at a low temperature. Then the must is fermented in French oak barrels. And finally, the wine remains on its lees for a few months. This last step allows the wine to gain body and enrich its aromatic profile. This Chardonnay from the Ktima winery is a wine with good character, rich and round, and with a splendid golden yellow color. On the nose, you can feel the warm aromas of honey, citrus, and dried fruit and a slightly smoky aftertaste. In the mouth, the wine has a dense body and a complex taste. It is a wine that is ready to be appreciated now but that can age and evolve with elegance. The wine lends itself to multiple food pairings, but its ideal partner is fish served in white sauce or smoked. Try it with caviar too!