Today’s post is an implicit invitation to stray off the “beaten white wine path” – but, fear not, only a little.
Despite numerous variations on the theme, conventional white wine is largely about stone or citrus fruit flavours, invigorating acidity and assorted levels of smoothness.
As a style, however, whites from the Southern Rhȏne break that mould with savouriness and, often with complexity too.
That gives chefs and other food matchers an extra (and very useful) weapon in their gastronomic armoury – and wine drinkers something different.
Here, a skilful Languedoc producer has used three classic Rhȏne white wine grapes and added a twist of his own to create something equally different.
Do give it a try – as well as sampling its companion red.
That is the new vintage shiraz from South Africa’s ever reliable Bruce Jack.
I hope you enjoy both wines.
Once again, pictures and hyperlinks are included where possible to make it easier to track down the wine in question.
That man Bruce Jack again
2021 Bruce Jack Shiraz (£6.50 – instead of £7.25 until 18 October – at the Co-op and 14% abv):
Despite developing Flagstone wines and working on brands like Kumala and Fish Hoek, South Africa’s Bruce Jack only went “solo” a few years back.
That was a great decision; it not only ensures wine drinkers get good value fare but (as evidenced by comparisons with previous vintages) also provides welcome consistency.
Behind its well-defined plum and loganberry flavours, this wine of his exudes high levels of verve and vitality.
In addition, cinnamon and milk chocolate touches add an edge of sweetness to its medium bodied foundation and minimal tannin.
And for that white
2021 Domaine Paul Mas ‘Côté Mas’ Blanc (from £7.99 at Majestic and 13%):
I am a great fan of the red sister to this offering but never underestimate the joys that come from a Languedoc twist on a classic Rhȏne white wine blend.
Here, the usual suspects (white grenache, marsanne and viognier) are given a dash or three of vermentino, and this may partly explain the firmness of the acidity on display here.
Soft in texture yet with substantial depth, the wine contains attractive greengage, peach and ripe melon flavours given a burst of freshness by late arriving grapefruit acidity.
Finally, everything is neatly rounded out by a contribution from mint and other herbs.
Join me again on Thursday when a focus goes on what’s new at Aldi and the post introduces Friday Treat and Sunday Best wines that get close to the style of much more expensive examples.
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