White Wine Manincor Tannenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2019. Back in 1608 Hieronymus Manicor began to build on land which had been given to him by the emperor as a reward for his loyal service, laying the foundations of the estate which exists to this day. Manicor is located in Italy’s northeastern South Tyrol region which is famous for its mountainous landscapes and unique Austrian-influenced culture and gastronomy. Today the winery specialises in producing delicious and approachable wines grown in their stunning Alpine vineyards. This elegant Sauvignon Blanc begins life in the estate’s Liebeneich vineyard at Terlan which is a south-west facing slope that sits at 300 metres above sea level. Conditions here are perfect for making premium white wines thanks to the breezy and moderate climate and the well-draining soils which are high in minerals. This helps to retain plenty of freshness and aromatics in the Sauvignon grapes, with the fruit harvested only when it reaches full ripeness. In the winery the fruit is destemmed and macerated on the skins for 12 hours to extract flavour and colour. The juice is allowed to ferment spontaneously using wild yeasts present in the environment. The young wine is then matured for 9 months in oak barrels on the fine lees to add extra complexity and hints of spice to the bold tropical and orchard fruit flavours.
White Wine Manincor Tannenberg Sauvignon Blanc 2019
White Wine Man O’ War Valhalla Chardonnay 2019. Set on New Zealand’s idyllic Waiheke Island, Man O’ War winery has 150 acres of vines spread across the island in remote settings overlooking the ocean. Valhalla is the golden hall in Norse mythology where Viking heroes go when they die to feast with the gods for eternity, and it’s also the name given to Man O’ War’s very finest barrels of Chardonnay each year. To create this wine the fruit is carefully selected and harvested by hand before being pressed and left to start fermenting with wild yeasts. The fermenting must is then transferred to 500 litre French oak casks where it is left to finish vinification. The young wine spends around 11 months ageing in cask before it is bottled prior to the new harvest the following year. Layers of mango, pineapple, stone fruit and zingy citrus define the nose along with hints of hazelnuts, woodsmoke and vanilla from the oak ageing. The first sip reveals a medium body, intense fruit flavours and a long finish with a silky texture and refreshing streak of acidity. A great wine to enjoy alongside roast chicken, rich pasta dishes, or even a generous platter of cheeses and charcuterie.
White Wine Marani Satrapezo Mtsvane 2019. Settled between two mighty mountain ranges in Georgia’s Alazani River Valley, Marani have been producing high-quality wines in the Kakheti region for over a century. They create their wines in the bowels of Telavi Wine Cellar, combining innovation with a deep respect for history. Georgia is home to a truly ancient wine-making culture – clay pots for fermentation, known as Qvevri, have been used in the region for at least 4 thousand years.