A very carefully selected wine tasted by us that either punches above its weight or is particularly worthy of recommendation.
Still one of our best ever discoveries! Consistently joyful and delicious!
Adi always produces wine that are a pure delight. This Chenin Blanc never fails to amaze. Juicy, bright with a slightly waxy, toffee apple bouquet, notes of flint, honey and orange blossom.
Utterly scrumptious. Our all-time favourite white.
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.
Luxurious blend of Roussanne and Grenache Blanc from the Languedoc. Extraordinary quality for the money.
A blend of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon from Elgin. Like all of Pieter’s wines, it holds quite a story.
After the annual vintners surf classic competition, winemaker Pieter shared a bottle of wine with a fellow surfer/farmer – Dok Gary Van Wyk, owner of the vines from where the grapes came from. Pieter so loved it, he started making wine from the same vines and named the wine after the farmer. The three vineyards are small and grow on top of a mountainous outcrop in red rocky clay soil. This white blend represents the stony crags of valley road.
Lively and inviting blend – dried tropical fruits, tangerine and warm spice. Full bodied but retains excellent acidity, with a real fresh feel.
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
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.
Enticing nose of beeswax, glazed green apples, hay, a touch of salinity - almost salted caramel (salted caramel green apples). It practically forces you to take a sip, even though you’ve no idea what’s coming. It’s a dessert wine nose (none of that musty botrytis, though) but without the overpowering sense of sweetness. The poalate is bursting with fleshy russet apples and candied apricot richness alongside proper, drippy comb honey
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!
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
A sumptuous Chardonnay from Langhe with some soft toast, honeydew melon and a fine, textured palate.
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.
Fantastic vintage of Adi Badenhorst's Family White
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
Incredibly special old vine Chenin Blanc from the wonder that is Alex Starey. "This is very fine." Neal Martin.
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.