A mixed case of 6 different wines - a combination of unusal varieties, known varieties grown in unexpected places or perhaps a style you're unfamiliar with...
There are so many different grape varieties and regions producing wines that it can often feel overwhelming to attempt to explore the world of wine beyond the 'classic' well known wines - this is a way to try something different!
Funkstille Skin Contact, Austria. A delightful blend of Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Gewürztraminer and Muscat which offers up notes of ginger, white pepper and flowers, with an underlying hint of green tea and mandarin. Fabulous razor like acidity, gentle tannic grip from the skins and generous fruit with every mouthful. A nice way to enter the increasingly popular world of Orange wines.
Oumsiyat Assyrtiko, Lebanon. This variety is best known from Greece so fun to see it from Lebanon. Subtle aromas of white fruits and flinty mineral notes are framed by a delicate floral character. Linear on the palate with a wonderfully refreshing and mouthwatering finish.
Strange Kompanjie Old Vine Palomino, S. Africa. Notes of almond skin, fennel and even a little jasmine, all this follows on the palate with a bright natural acidity and a teasing top note of grassy fennel, almond nuttiness and a lovely salinity running through, Palomino is best known for being used in sherry, so this is a quirky way to explore it.
Monemvasia Winery Tsimbidi, 'Voltes Red', Greece. A light bodied and fresh blend of two native varieties (Agiorgitiko, 50% Mavroudi), which offer ample notes of ripe red fruits with a hint of sweet spice. At 12.5% it's easy going and could be chilled slightly if the sun is shining!
Tenuta Serranova Susumaniello, Italy. Puglia is best known for Primitivo & Negroamaro... this is a way to find out what else is grown in the S. East of Italy. A nose of wild herbs and spicy dark fruits. Robust and richly flavoured with baked plum and black cherry on the palate, and notes of brown spice and toffee on the finish... something different to have with your BBQ!
Domaine Gayrard, Gaillac Rouge, Braucol, S. France. This characterful red is generous, supple and full of wild blackcurrant notes, with a touch of spice and delicious green pepper undertones. Soft tannins and juicy fruit fill the palate through to a fruity finish.
This is a selection that is suitable for the summer, enjoy!