Whites up to £15


Grüner Veltliner Löss 2016 Schloss Gobelsburg

The Grüner Veltliner is Austria’s prime grape variety, producing dry, fruity wines with an attractive peppery, herbal character. The finest examples come from the steep vineyards bordering the Danube and its tributaries in the Wachau, Kremstal and Kamptal regions west of Vienna. The lighter ‘Federspiel’ style of this wine makes for a perfect aperitif and pairs well with light chicken or fish dishes (£12.15 a bottle).


Grüner Veltliner Weinzierlberg 2016 Stadt Krems

Austria’s Grüner Veltliner grape produces a variety of wine styles, from simple, light quaffing wines to rich, multi-faceted wines rivalling many top white Burgundies in quality, yet without the high pricetag. This zestful wine with its delightful white peach flavours belongs to the latter category and has the added benefit of being enjoyable young and for up to five years. It’s a perfect choice for poached trout or salmon, but has enough flavour concentration to match grilled chicken, veal or pork (£14.55 a bottle).


Riesling Steinterrassen 2016 Stadt Krems

The boyish-looking Fritz Miesbauer propelled the Austrian co-operative Freie Weingärtner Wachau to fame in the 1990s and is now making his mark at Stadt Krems in neighbouring Kremstal. His Riesling Steinterrassen, with its lovely perfumed nose and bone dry, crunchy, green apple flavours is a brilliant example of his wizardry – gorgeous now but promising more complexity and a long life ahead (£14.55 a bottle).


Rapaura Springs Sauvignon Blanc 2016

Sauvignon Blanc has become the signature wine grape of New Zealand, and this tasty example, with its combination of zingy acidity and intense aromas and flavours of limes, greengages and elderflower – shows why. It’s delicious, with none of that nasty tinned-asparagus character that spoils so many others (£10.95 a bottle).


Vergelegen Premium Sauvignon Blanc 2015

During my visit to South Africa in 2015 I tasted many Sauvignon Blancs and Vergelegen’s was among my top picks. The 2015 offers seductive lime blossom, gooseberry and passion fruit aromas and an elegant balance of fresh acidity and ripe fruit flavours. It makes a delicious aperitif or partner to vegetarian dishes as well as steamed or baked fish and chicken (£10.55 a bottle).


Chardonnay Grand Ardèche 2015 Louis Latour

Jancis Robinson, MW colleague and wine writer, described this elegant, subtly oaked Chardonnay from the Ardèche as the ‘best value by far’ in a tasting of top international Chardonnays. Delicious now, it has enough structure and concentration to age for another 3-5 years or more. I’m still enjoying the 2011 vintage (£12.15 a bottle).


Rocky Road Chardonnay 2016 McHenry Hohnen

This delightful white, from a single Biodynamic vineyard in Western Australia’s Margaret River region, offers attractive peach and nectarine aromas and a lovely freshness on the palate, with a hint of roasted cashew nuts. Definitely a food wine, it pairs well with a variety of chicken and fish dishes (£13.00 a bottle).


Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay 2015

Another great find from my 2015 South African visit was this delicious Chardonnay from Rustenberg in Stellenbosch. I was won over by its elegant apricot and orange peel flavours and distinctive style. Try it with seafood or lightly spiced dishes (£12.45 a bottle).


Falerio 2016 Saladini Pilastri

This tasty blend of Trebbiano, Passerina and Pecorino grapes comes from the 300 year-old organic estate of Count Saladini Pilastri in The Marche region of northeast Italy. I love its crisp apple and pear flavours and would happily drink it with lighter fare like risotto with prawns, roast cod, or guinea fowl (£7.80 a bottle).


Lugana 2016 Nunzio Ghiraldi

Trebbiano di Lugana is actually the Verdicchio grape, and is responsible for some remarkable wines in vineyards near the shores of Lake Garda in Lombardia. In the hands of the Harley-driving Nunzio Ghiraldi it produces lovely, complex wines with hints of stone fruits and gentle herbs. Enjoyable as an aperitif, it also makes a worthy partner for seafood, salads and light pasta dishes (£11.95 a bottle).


Verdicchio di Matelica 2015 La Monacesca

To people used to the dull Verdicchio of the past, the wines now produced from this grape are an exciting revelation. This impressive, single-vineyard wine from La Monacesca in the southern Marche is a fine example – fresh and richly concentrated, with exciting notes of guava and white peaches plus a hint of camomile (£12.25 a bottle).


Minutolo ‘Rampone’ 2016 I Pastini

I tasted this beguiling wine recently and fell in love with its enchanting aromas of flowers, exotic fruits, grapes, and herbs. Made from a rare grape that has been rescued from the brink of extinction, it makes a delightful aperitif and also goes splendidly with light pasta dishes, seafood and pork (£12.55 a bottle).


La Segreta Biancho 2016 Planeta

When I first visited this dynamic Sicilian producer in 2004, I found its state-of-the-art winery and the quality of its wines most impressive. Returning in May 2012, it was even better. La Segreta, a blend of indigenous white grape varieties, continues to wow me with its intriguing floral fragrance and delightful peachy flavours – round, soft and very ‘moreish’ (£9.35 a bottle)


Soave Classico ‘Campo dei Tovi’ 2015Inama

Stefano Inama, the dynamic, youthful winemaker at this family firm, makes the most delicious Soave I’ve come across. It has unexpected aromatic richness and depth of flavour – a pleasure to drink with just about anything from bruschetta to linguine alla vongole to pizza with rocket and parma ham or gorgonzola cheese (£13.75 a bottle).


Amigos White 2013 McHenry Hohnen

This intriquing barrel-fermented white, a blend of Marsanne, Roussanne and Chardonnay grapes, has a creamy texture, complex floral and fruity aromas, and melon and white peach flavours. It’s part of an exciting range of wines produced in Western Australia’s Margaret River region by David Hohnen, who was responsible for putting the legendary wines of Cape Mentelle and Cloudy Bay on the map (£14.00 a bottle).

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