Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles: Price Reduced & revamped with flexible options

Whites Taster Pack (Tier 1) 12 bottles

Price: ¥1,050

A Chardonnay led gaggle of popular New & Old World tier 1 whites. The Chardonnays chardonnay grapes & wine sept 2012are in various styles, one is a blend with Sauvignon Blanc, but each is made in the fruit forward style: without significant use of oak.

The pack also includes a tasty fresh Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Pinot Grigio.

JUNE ’14 update: Chiaro Pinot Grigio has stepped into the gap left by the now deleted Zonin Collection PG.

And we always have many similar back-up wines to support this line-up during shortages or deletions, or to mix it up! (Just ask and we’ll pop another Chilean or NZ Sauvignon Blanc in, a SA Chenin Blanc or even a Vermentino, amongst many other possibilities).

Variety is the spice of wine.

Please click on the wines listed below to extend/retract descriptions. 

2x Chiaro Pinot Grigio IGT Italy, Veneto

Appealing straw-yellow colour with delicate green reflections. Delicately fruity, medium bodied and refined. Lightly dry, yet extremely fresh. It also offers a delicious reminder of the original grape. It’s light and elegant structure makes this an unusually refined and aristocratic wine, especially at this price point.

It combines particularly well with delicate appetizers, pasta courses with light sauces and white meats. In addition, it makes a fine aperitif.

Popular with those who like a wine to be drier and fresh.

2x De Bortoli Sacred Hill Chardonnay Sacred Hill Australia, Riverina

This wine wins awards most years. Last 3 vintages have been been awarded both Gold, Silver and Bronze, several each year. One of our top selling wines, amazing quality for the price and a wine we drank at home every week!

Pale straw with green hue. Zesty lemon citrus and stone fruit aromas balanced with buttery oak notes. Fruit-driven wine with crisp acid, great texture and balance on the mid palate. The subtle oak approach has given added structure to the wine without overpowering it leaving the citrus and stone fruit flavours to dominate.

2x Miguel Torres Chile Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Chile, Central Valley

A fresh, floral wine with fruity body and a silken palate of great finesse. Displays intriguing notes of exotic fruits (passion fruit, grapefruit). Its silky palate is exquisitely intense, with a good acidic structure and a prolonged, joyous finish.

Tasting this right now, 4 days after opening, the acidity has diminished a little or the softer fruit notes have developed into a rather pretty partnership. (Nov 2011)

And to top it all, Hemisferio supports the Chilean Patagonian wilderness. Ethics; that’s what we like!

2x Heritage de Baroncourt Vin de L'Aude Blanc France, Languedoc

It’s a ‘good value, off dry southern French White wine’ is all you really need to know, that’s best served cold. But here’s more…

“Fresh clean acidity with complex aromas of exotic fruits such as mango and lychee. Well balanced and a lingering finish of mango. Ripe fruit aroma. Clear straw yellow colour. Grapes harvested at night. 100% Destemming. Pneumatic pressing. Cold racking off the must. Fermentation in stainless steel vats with strict temperature control. Ageing in stainless steel vats.

Matching suggestions: This tantalizing white is perfect as a cocktail or matched with a variety of savoury dishes. Serve at: 8℃-10″

I think you would find this a good match to Asian cuisine that is in the ‘sweet and sour’ mode.

2x BP Rothschild Maipo Mapu Chardonnay/Sauvignon Blanc Chile, Maipo

Bright and brilliant pale yellow. Fresh and elegant, it opens on grapefruit and mango notes. A fresh elegant attack leads into a succulent mid-palate that starts on citrus and goes on to develop notes of tropical fruit, building to a lively and well-balanced finish.

We would have to say that The Rothschild forays into Chile have been great for the consumer. They are in the Mapu range producing the golden bullet wines we seek: low cost wines punching above their weight in a sturdy, consistent and agreeable way.

2x Callia Osaado Chardonnay Argentina, San Juan

I think this might well be the best low price Chardonnay we have. It’s good enough to drink on its own. It’s lacking the nice presentation package I’m looking for in wine; I don’t really like the stylised design of the label, but in the glass this wine does all I need it to do.

This is a fresh and fruity wine, lush with intense aromas of citrus and tropical fruits. Its delicate, satisfying mouth-feel is enhanced by a lingering finish.

More than anything else when I look at a wine in this price bracket, it’s about what I don’t want to see in the wine. So far after 3 or 4 bottles, I can report that those negative elements are happily absent.

Callia is one of the wineries of the season as far as we are concerned and one we fully intend to watch develop into master crafts-folk, despite their relatively large operation.

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