12 of our most thirst-quenching wines, containing 6 chillable reds, and 6 refreshing whites.
(6 reds x 1 bottle of each, 3 whites x 2 bottles of each)
2018 Valli Unite, Ottavio Rube Rosso, Piedmont, Italy
Ottavio Rubé Rosso’ is a delicious, smile-inducing Dolcetto and Croatina blend. It is named for Ottavio Rubé himself, one of the coop’s founders, whose twinkly-eyed, white-bearded countenance belies a deeply philosophical and idealistic character. Bright fresh fruit nose, red cherry, light-to-medium bodied. Nice grip and savoury flavours on a palate structured by refreshing acidity.
2019 Clos de Tue-boeuf,’VIN ROUGE’, Loire Valley, France
Vin Rouge is a Gamay, matured in large wooden vats, neither filtered nor fined, it displays exuberant red raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours, strikingly fresh and vibrant on the palate, it is the very definition of vin de soif.
2018 Calcarius, ‘Hellen’ Rosso, Puglia, Italy
100% Nero di Troia, medium bodied, generous red fruit, thirst quenching yet comforting. Mulberry, blackberry fruit mingling with juicy red berries and ending with saline notes.
2017 Domaine Lacour, Passetoutgrains, Burgundy, France
A blend of Gamay (70%) with Pinot Noir (30%) – Medium-bodied, fruit-driven, clear and lively with delicious notes of black cherry, raspberry and strawberry it is an easy-drinking, joyful Burgundy.
2019 Monte dall Ora, Valpolicella Classico, Veneto, Italy
With a low alcohol content and a high level of juicy fruits, this mineral-rich, bright blend is complex and punches above its weight. The care put into the family-run vineyard shows with this wine: down to the whole family’s handprints on the label.
2018 Pierre & Catherine Breton,’Avis de Vin Fort’ Bourgueil, Loire Valley, France
Bourgueil ‘Avis de vin fort’ is a vin de soif (or clairet). Half way between a rosé and a red, it is the ultimate thirst quencher. A saignée is made from macerating Cabernet Franc. Fermentation and aging takes place in large oak vats, the wine is bottled in April following the harvest. So, so good.
Whites – 2 bottles of each
2018 Colle Stefano, Verdicchio di Matelica, Marche, Italy
‘Italy’s best-buy of all time? Unbelievable quality for the price. Mineral zestiness, almond flowers, green apple and chlorophyll notes you won’t forget. You can tell owner Fabio Marchionni studied white wine in Germany.’ Decanter, Italy supplement 2013 – 93 pts/100
2018 Von Winning Sauvignon Blanc, Pfalz, Germany
This is not just another Sauvignon, let’s make that clear from the outset, it really needs to be tasted to believe. On the nose grapefruit, cranberries, apple and lime with hints of herbs and elderberry. On the palate crispy but not too much, full-bodied, good minerality and acidity (not screaming) with green apple, citrus and cranberries. Nice long and refreshing saline finish, which is the hallmark of these great wines.
2018 Meyer-Fonné, Gentil, Alsace, France
Gentil d’Alsace is a blend of Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, and even at this entry level, Felix is able to deliver a perfectly balanced and serious wine. Subtle and intriguing nose of citrus fruit, ginger, apricot and apple. The palate is fresh and racy with a slight spiciness and just a hint of honeyed fruit on the finish.