For the next two weeks our manager and regular blog writer, Joe, has disappeared on holiday to get hitched. Which leaves me, the new girl, in charge here at East Molesey and he has given me full reign in the selection of the wines available on the bar this week. One could question the wisdom of this choice however instead I am going to take full advantage of the opportunity to explore some of the fabulous wines that have been piquing my curiosity this week.
NV Akurua Brut
I am very fond of a glass (read bottle) of Prosecco or two, but this week it is time to broaden our horizons with this fantastic sparkling wine from Bannockburn in New Zealand. The climate is very similar to that of champagne and the perfect blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with 18 months spent on the lees creates a fresh aperitif style wine with yeasty, nutty notes and hints of citrus.
2015 Enseduna Muscat Sec
This refreshing, aromatic wine is made with 100% Muscat Petit grain cultivated in an area just West of Bezier, considered to have one of the warmest & driest climates in France. The wine gives a lovely acidity and long smooth finish. The scents of bergamot & candied lemon are complemented with floral and citrus notes and just a hint of spice.
2016 Maison William’s Chase Rosé
The vineyards at Maison William’s Chase extend over 40 hectares of Aix-en-Provence and were planted back in the 1960’s. A blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Vermentino, this creamy textured, bone dry wine offers plenty of stone fruit aromas of peaches and apricots followed up with notes of grapefruit and Provencal herbs. Perfect to enjoy in the sunshine this summer.
2015 Setteporte Etna Rosso
Having lived in Italy for the best part of 8 years I had to include something Italian on the bar and there are such interesting wines being produced around Etna. The Portale Family have been growing grapes on the slopes of Mount Etna for generations. The vineyards are found on south facing terraces, where the volcanic soils and high altitudes (650-800m) work with the Mediterranean climate to produce this distinctly elegant, organic wine which has plenty of red fruit and wild berries and is infinitely drinkable.