Cellar News – Spring

by Head Sommelier Elly Owen

We are in the changing of seasons and although we are eager in our anticipation for spring on some days there is still a decidedly wintry feel.  The following wines represent this crossover of seasons; a red to handle some more wintery days and a couple of whites for the warmer ones.

The ‘ Uvaggio’ Lessona, Piedmonte by Proprieta Sperino, Luca and Paulo de Marchi

An oldie but a goodie!  When I first met this wine I was so taken with it, it has such great generosity. It’s a creation by a chap called Paulo de Marchi and his son Lucca, a real creation of new and old family history. This is a blend of three different grapes Nebbiolo (star grape of Barolo), Vespolina and Croatina. It still is indicative of the main grape Nebbiolo but just has slightly more fruit and a delightful silky palate. This is a superb wine to go with gamier flavours such as duck and think black truffle and mushrooms.

Quinta de Sant’Ana, Mafra, Portugal, ‘Branco’

The wines by my friends at Quinta de Sant’ana were in danger of becoming my ‘guilty pleasure’ as it was where I recently got married. But the wines are such great examples of the region that I should not have been worried. The ‘Branco’ is made from local grape variety Fernao Pieres it’s an ‘easy going dreaming of summer days’ wine.  This is a bright, light and brilliant white, with the hint of tropical fruits and great structure think lovely chunky fish, shellfish and elegant salads.

The ‘FMC’ by Ken Forrester, Stellenbosch, South Africa

This wine is a wonderfully complex power horse of a wine. What I love about this wines is the direction it takes you when you first meet it in the glass.  You think ‘oh yeah’ because of the heady mix of vanilla and toasty coconut, but on the first sip its bright appley fruit and zippy acidity take you in an entirely different direction. This wine is made with sympathy to traditional wine making but has an ingenious modern twist making it one of the most iconic Chenins Blancs around. This a main course wine; Monkfish or Turbot or Lobster, this wine will evolve with each and every sip.

Watch this space for more cellar news from Elly.

 

Photography by Beth Druce



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