White Wine No 2 Victoria Ordonez Moscatel 2019. This spectacular dessert wine is the perfect example of the traditional sweet wines made in the sunny Malaga region of southern Spain. It is crafted from Muscat of Alexandra which is known locally as Moscatel and was brought to Spain from Egypt some three thousand years ago by the Phoenicians who criss-crossed the Mediterranean on trade missions. To achieve a graceful, perfectly balanced wine the vines are farmed without irrigation and with minimal human intervention using just natural fertilizer from the region’s plentiful goats and mules. The hot climate produces incredibly concentrated flavours in the grapes which are deliberately harvested late to maximise their sugar content. Following the harvest the grapes are carefully dried on mats to add even more intensity of flavour and they are then fermented and aged in stainless steel vats for 8 months. The result is an opulent dessert wine which exudes aromas of honey, candied citrus peel, jasmine and honeysuckle. On the palate there is a decadent sweetness which is nicely balanced by a vibrant acidity and lemon zest flavours. An ideal partner for chocolate mousse, a classic pecan pie or simply to enjoy on its own at the end of a meal instead of dessert.
White Wine No 2 Victoria Ordonez Moscatel 2019
White Wine Mustiguillo Finca Calvestra 2019. Serve well chilled. Established by the Sarrion-Martinez family in 1972, Bodega Mustiguillo occupies a stunning setting beneath the Sierra del Negrete mountains in the Requena-Utiel region of southeastern Spain. Over the decades they have become a leading producer of the local Bobal grape, helping to elevate it from usage in mass produced wines to a fine wine in its own right. In recent years they have also begun pioneering work on their Finca Calvestra estate where the alluvial soils and 900 metres of altitude are ideal for white winemaking. This stunning white is made from the local 100% Merseguera grape which is little-known outside of the region. All of the fruit comes from a single vineyard which is farmed organically to ensure top quality. Once the fruit arrives in the vineyard it is fermented in neutral tanks using wild yeasts and then matured in acacia oak casks for 9-11 months. This enhances the fine texture of the Merseguera grape and adds subtle hints of toast and spice to the naturally fresh and crisp varietal character. It’s the perfect wine to serve to white wine lovers looking to try something new and exciting, and pairs perfectly with sushi, grilled fish, fresh seafood, most cheeses and leafy summer salads.
White Wine Bonny Doon Le Cigare Blanc 2019. Randall Grahm initially studied philosophy before falling in love with wine and getting a degree in viticulture from UC Davis. In 1983 he founded Bonny Doon in a tiny namesake hamlet in California’s Santa Cruz Mountains and quickly began to stamp his mark on the local wine scene. Today he’s affectionately known as the Rhone Ranger” due to his tireless work to introduce classic Rhone grapes to the United States. Wherever possible the winemaking philosophy at Bonny Doon aims for top quality grapes and minimal intervention in the winery to allow the beauty of the terroir and varieties to shine through. Their Le Cigare Blanc is a complex Rhone-style white blend composed of Grenache Blanc and Roussanne grapes which are farmed biodynamically. The must is fermented in old 60 gallon barrels with regular stirring of the lees as the wine ages. Luscious white peach and apricot as well as hints of beeswax, lavender and quince define the nose while the first sip reveals plenty of bright citrus, ripe pears and hints of fennel. The well-rounded texture and medium body make this a great match for dishes like roast chicken or fish served in a rich creamy sauce or vegetable gratins.