Whites above £15


Grüner Veltliner Weinzierlberg 2017 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 (£15.75 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 (£15.45 a bottle).


Petit Chablis 2016 Domaine Billaud-Simon

It’s rare that a ‘Petit Chablis’ makes an impression, but this wine from Bernard Billaud always stands out in comparative tastings. From the outstanding 2015 vintage, its unoaked, pure, lemony character combined with zingy acidity and minerality would give many more expensive Chablis a run for their money (£18.70 a bottle).


Chablis 2015 Domaine Billaud-Simon

This is textbook Chablis from one of my favourite producers and the excellent 2015 vintage. It combines tingling acidity with appetising citrus, white peach and green apple flavours. Delicious now, it will reward cellaring for another five years or longer (£20.10 a bottle).


Saint Véran ‘Les Crèches’ 2015 Domaine Saumaize-Michelin

The village of Saint Véran in Burgundy’s southern Mâcon region has seen a big improvement in quality in the past decade, and many of the best producers are now making wines that rival those of their more renowned and highly-priced neighbour, Pouilly-Fuissé. This delightful wine combines aromatic notes of buttery toast and fresh pears with refreshing acidity and rich, lingering flavours (£20.40 a bottle).


Vergelegen Reserve Chardonnay 2016

Wines from South Africa tend to lie somewhere between the rich, ripe styles of New World wines and the more subtle styles of the Old World. Vergelegen’s elegant Reserve Chardonnay combines smoky tropical aromas and flavours of orange blossom, white peach and pineapple with a measured hint of buttered toast. It would be a perfect match for crab, trout, smoked salmon, crayfish or lobster (£15.85 a bottle).


Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2016

This lovely barrel-fermented wine, with its rich texture and notes of green apples, hazelnuts, citrus and minerals, is made by fellow Master of Wine, New Zealander Mike Brajkovich. It is frequently rated one of the world’s top Chardonnays, along with some of Burgundy’s finest, and sells for a much more reasonable price (£26.65 a bottle).


Mirum Verdicchio Riserva 2015 La Monacesca

Made from slightly overripe Verdicchio grapes, the Mirum Reserva is a real showstopper - rich, peachy yet surprisingly refreshing. It’s lovely to drink now but will age gracefully. Try it with young cheese, cured meat antipasti, roast chicken, or veal (£20.80 a bottle).


Greco di Tufo ‘Loggia’ 2016 Terredora

The Greco di Tufo grape is of ancient Greek origin and grows along the coastal areas of Campania in Italy, where it has recently gained acclaim for its distinctive character. This is a delightful example, with intense flavours of melon and quince £15.40 a bottle).


Albariño 2017Fefiñanes

Rias Baixas in northwestern Spain is the home of one of my favourite grapes - the fragrant, stylish Albariño. It makes delightful, bone dry, aromatic whites that are completely beguiling, with aromas and flavours of white peaches and quince. Fefiñanes makes one of the top examples (£17.55 a bottle). It’s delicious with fresh shellfish and grilled or pan fried fish.


Santorini Estate Assyrtiko 2016 Argyros

I visited Greece with a group of fellow Masters of Wine in 2013, and one of many highlights was our visit to the beautiful Aegean island of Santorini with its blue-domed, whitewashed buildings, dark volcanic soil, and stunning wines from the native Assyrtiko grape. This wine is a lovely example of the bone-dry, vibrant, crisp, minerally style of Assyrtiko. It’s great on its own but works extremely well with meze, avgolimono soup, grilled chicken and fish (£21.00 a bottle).


Viognier ‘Les Vignes d’à Côté’ 2016 Yves Cuilleron

The voluptuous Viognier grape makes deliciously aromatic white wines with notes of honeysuckle, peaches and cream in its original habitat of the northern Rhône Valley in France. Yves Cuilleron makes some divine but rather pricey Condrieus, and his straight Viognier is nearly as good (£19.35 a bottle).

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