White Wine Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti 2021. The Chiarlo family have been making exceptional Piedmontese wines on their estate since 1956, and today they are highly respected in the region for their commitment to sustainability and terroir-driven premium winemaking. In total the family has 60 hectares of vineyards as well as access to an additional 50 hectares thanks to their long-term relationships with local growers. One of their most sought after wines is this attractive Moscato d’Asti from Nivole which boasts ideal growing conditions for the variety. The vines sit on well-draining sandy soils with exposure to the south-east and south-west which helps to fully ripen the grapes. The fruit is harvested by hand to ensure it arrives at the winery in optimum condition. To preserve the delicate aromatics of the Moscato, the fruit is fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks which trap some of the carbon dioxide released and give the wine its natural slight effervescence. Bursting with bright floral and citrus notes on the nose as well as enticing ripe peach and apricot flavours, this is a great wine to serve as an aperitif or partner for fresh seafood, leafy salads, and even spicy Asian dishes.
White Wine Michele Chiarlo Nivole Moscato d’Asti 2021
White Wine Mordoree Lirac Blanc La Reine des Bois 2021. Founded by Christophe and Fabrice Delorme in 1986, the Mordoree estate now has a total of 55 hectares of vines spread across a variety of soil conditions, microclimates, and appellations. Today the estate is run by Christophe’s wife and daughter with the help of other family members. Named after the native woodcock bird which was once found all over the southern Rhone Valley, the philosophy of the estate is centred on respect for the natural environment and the family follow both organic and biodynamic agricultural practices. This lively Lirac Blanc is an uplifting blend of Grenache, Clairette, Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Picpoul grapes which are harvested early to maximise freshness. 10% of the grapes are fermented in oak casks to add extra complexity and a creamy texture to the blend. On the nose there is are charming aromatics of honeysuckle, ripe peaches, toasted almonds, and lemon zest, while the first sip is mouthwateringly refreshing and light on the tongue. The vibrant flavour profile of this elegant white makes it an ideal aperitif as well as a partner for a generous platter of fruits de mer, grilled fish dishes, or a selection of cheeses.
White Wine Moss Wood Semillon 2021. The Moss Wood estate was one of the early pioneers in the Margaret River region thanks to the vision of Clare and Keith Mugford who founded the winery some four decades ago. Their estate philosophy is centred around crafting elegant wines inspired by the local terroir which can age beautifully in the cellar or be enjoyed now alongside a fine meal or family dinner. Moss Wood is based in Wilyabrup where the cool maritime climate and gravel and loam soils help lock in lots of freshness and aromatics in the grapes. In the case of this Semillon, the terroir helps to produce a perfectly-balanced wine with mouthwatering acidity and ripe fruit flavours. Once in the winery the fruit is carefully pressed and then vinified in stainless steel tanks to let the varietal character shine through. On the nose there are ample notes of ripe peaches, apricots, zingy lemon and white blossom, while the first sip reveals a firm structure, full body, and a long finish with plenty of complexity. Great matches for this white include roast cod served with Mediterranean vegetables, creamy full-flavoured cheeses, or chicken dishes served with a rich sauce.