A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
A delicious 100% Macabeo from Carinena
Still one of our best ever discoveries! Consistently joyful and delicious!
Utterly scrumptious. Our all-time favourite white.
Hungary's sweet Tokaji may be what put it on the map, but their dry whites are well worth a look in as well. A fiendish Furmint blend with tangy fruit and a rich, mellow palate.
Although drinking beautifully at present, with a complex array of tropical fruit, grapefruit and limes on the palate, do try to exercise patience, as it will only improve in the next 3-5 years! The palate is focused and racy, made in a style to be a wonderful food companion.
Lots of fruit and freshness - more generous than their Chablis with palate cleansing acidity and a wet stone finish.
Luxurious blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc from the Languedoc. Extraordinary quality for the money.
Oh Riesling, you never fail to bring us joy. Lipsmacking peach and apricot and sweet lime. Such energy and juice factor - dry yet luscious with a stony minerality and long finish.
From the winner of the best young winemaker in Burgundy. “A treasure trove”… ‘Readers disowning white Burgundy because of prices…should really stock up on these wines” Neal Martin. Peaches and cream with a hint of nutmeg and orange flower water. Soft; gentle; inviting. The palate is a joyous mix of generous ripe, fleshy, white fruits – peach and nectarine, with hints of spice and Chantilly cream, all held tight with a perfectly balanced lemon sorbet acidity, that grips and checks that fleshiness, providing a racy, mineral freshness. It’s a beautifully poised Burgundy. Perfect for a lobster, scallops, roast chicken… or just sitting in the sun on with a bottle and good friends. 13% drink now – 2018
A fan of good sherry? Then you must try this incredible Tokaji Szamorodni. Directly translating as "as it comes" - both botrytised and ripe fruit are picked and fermented together. One for the wine geeks and the curious.
The Il Famoso grape is (ironically) rather rare. There are only around 12 hectares of the vine were known about in Emilia-Romagna, and another four in the Marches, planted by Bruscia. Stylistically the wine has similarities to Greco di Tufo and Viognier, although not as floral.
31% Chenin, 30% Chardonnay, 30% SB and 9% Viognier
'Citrus and freshness, though a touch more Sauvignon vivacity. Lots of juiciness, lots of juicy peach brightness from the Viognier' Tom Cannavan, Wine-Pages.com
Wonderful Gavi made by a top winemaker!
Made by Aussie Erin Pooley this is Hunter Valley Semillon from California that made the Swig team swoon with delight! Lots of green pear, geranium and mandarin on the nose with citrus and an amazingly unctuous body on the palate. Scrummy!
We absolutely adore this wine, which is a good substitute for white burgundy when you want something a bit different an frankly more intriguing for the price. Fabulous concentrated fruit; apples, quince, excellent texture and length. Yum. Oh yes, 2014 was a cracking vintage for Loire Chenin Blanc.
Extraordinary scents of coconut, mango, pineapple, melon, and toasted hazelnuts. This is gorgeous wine with lots of texture.
The aroma makes you think of top white Burgundy; it’s incredibly good with mineral purity and a wonderful top note; a brightness you get from a certain breed of white winemaker who are followers of ‘line’ in their wine – a core – around which other elements sit. It is very Burgundian, and yet there is an intriguing exotic aroma; char-grilled pineapple, roasted peaches and fresh lemon lead with a chorus of vanilla, spice and melting butter. The palate continues this tune with bright acidity, but tasty like a cox’s apple balancing the clotted cream and beurre noisette from the very well-judged oak. Citrus and fresh pineapple leave a harmonious and clean, very long finish. It’s a wine you can chew a bit, with an excellent acidity on the finish that carries the fruit flavour all the way to the long finish that makes you want to sip it over and over. This is really, really good. Grapes 58% Arinto, 24% Verdelho, 18% Antão Vaz. Only 300 cases produced
Fabulous single vineyad Gruner from one of Austria's most exciting young producers.
A sumptuous Chardonnay from Langhe with some soft toast, honeydew melon and a fine, textured palate.
Savagnin, more commonly found in the Jura has made its way in to the BK cellar and here's the product- a slightly skin contact, slightly funky and totally individual white that puts smiles on all our faces.
Fantastic vintage of Adi Badenhorst's Family White
I made a remarkable discovery today. It seems that Chenin Blanc isn't just made from ancient dryfarmed bush vines on the decomposed granite soils of the Swartland. No. Apparently it's also made in a place called the 'Loire' in France. Damn silly name, that. Can't see it catching on. Leave it to the experts on the African continent, I say.
Okay, there may be a light dusting of irony in the above, but it illustrates a point: there's so much excitement about the Chenins being produced by South Africa's 'new wave' (a wave we continue to ride quite happily, thanks), that people seem to have forgotten all about the Loire and its wonderful heritage with Chenin Blanc - aka Pineau de la Loire.
We felt it was high time we showed the region some love and went straight for the motherlode: a special cuvée, made only in the best vintages, from one of Anjou's most respected biodynamic producers - a wine which all three judges in the most recent Decanter panel blind tasting judged as the only 'Outstanding' wine in the Loire Dry Chenin Blanc category.
Another stunning vintage of this stereotype-defying Chardonnay from BK Wines
The Uberblanc Rieslings from Tasmania-based winemaker Nick Glaetzer are named after the 'uber' vintage that he spent in Germany, learning how to get the best from this great variety under the instruction of the best teachers there are. The Goldpunkt cuvee is a selection of grapes from a couple of parcels, and the style is inspired by the Grosses Gewachs of the Mosel-Saar-Ruwer
SWiG Note: Honeysuckle, lemon pith, and clotted cream on the nose, with just a hint of struck match. There's orange flower water there too. This is definitely a "shove your nose in there a bunch of times because it'll be different with every sniff" sort of wine. The palate is a great combination of power and subtle nuance. There are some big flavours there - ripe tropical fruit notes, creamy touches, textured oak, but also lighter floral edges and gentle spice as well. This is quite awesome right now - a stonking mouth full of wine - but with age it will mellow a bit. Delicious now, but worth sticking down if you've got the patience. 13.5% Drink now - 2020
Everything you could want from a Meursault. Incredibly enjoyable now, but has the potential for another 7-10 years of ageing.
Textbook nose of buttery vanillins, wet stone after rain, stoned fruits and dried grapefruit. There is exhilarating tension on the palate - traverses the tightrope between roundness and vibrant energy with elegance and poise. Textured, almost fleshy, with grip and pristine salinity on the finish. Opens up to become full and mellow - a touch more restrained. Exciting without overblown showiness.
Incredibly special old vine Chenin Blanc from the wonder that is Alex Starey. "This is very fine." Neal Martin.