Aromatic wines have long been the heartland of ethereal varieties like Riesling and Gewürztraminer, but there is a treasure trove of wines featuring these varieties, and many others that continue to dazzle, helping to invigorate the category with their many charms and heady aromas. These deliciously pungent varieties are booming in the UK, and we’re seeing growth of Riesling, Muscadet, Viognier and Pinot Gris, across most countries of origin. At Enotria&Coe we are celebrating this trend, so here’s a clutch of our top picks for those warm summer months*.
Bodegas Fillaboa Albariño
Fillaboa is the newest addition to our stellar portfolio and is already proving to be quite a hit. Fillaboa is one of the only wineries in Rias Baixas that makes its wine from 100% estate-owned fruit and we think that this commitment to quality and artisanal approach shines through. This wine is loaded with notes of peaches and apricots, and the body is wonderfully textured, underpinned by crisp acidity. Consistently highly rated by the Penin, the most influential Spanish Wine Guide – and if that wasn’t enough to convince you, it’s also listed in 41 Michelin Star restaurants in Spain.
Henschke Julius Riesling
From the cool climes of South Australia’s Eden Valley comes this racy Riesling! Showing lifted aromas of crushed lime leaf and citrus zest supported by lively white flower notes. The palate is tight and focused, here you’ll find more lime pithe and ripe citrus. It has a beautifully crisp finish with lively acidity that hints at how gracefully this would could age.
Trimbach Reserve Personnelle Pinot Gris
From this legendary Alsace estate comes this top Pinot Gris. Trimbach only makes their Réserve Personnelle range from grapes harvested in exceptional vintages, and the results are rich, weighty, gloriously flavourful wines. You’ll find bucket-loads of juicy apricots and ripe pear, but the Trimbach style – refined and mineral – shines through with a fresh, zingy finish. These wines can take years to develop their full potential, but this is drinking so beautifully right now that it seems sad to let patience decide its fate.
d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne
At d’Arenberg, experimentation and innovation are part of the winery’s DNA. Famous for his loud shirts and great wines, Chester Osborn continues to evolve the estate into one of the most recognisable and highly forward-focused wineries in the world. The family has 37 varieties planted in the McLaren Vale and was one of the first Australian wineries to work with aromatic French varietals like Marsanne, Roussanne and Viognier. This wine is brimming with white peach and pineapple, giving way to a luscious and exotic palate. Beautifully textured, this wine has a great backbone of acidity, making it moreish and delightful in equal measure.
Yes, Sauvignon Blanc continues to be important to Yealands – and to us – but let’s pause a moment to appreciate what they have achieved with the aromatic varietals like Viognier, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner and Gewürztraminer – the latter a punchy, unequivocally Kiwi take on an Austrian classic. Rich and intoxicating, this wine is bursting with lychee and flowers, with a delicate ginger note and a surprisingly dry finish. This is crying out for Thai food!
The Wild Card – Ailalá-Ailalelo Treixadura
It’s a challenging grape to say, but it’s certainly not a challenge to sup! This wine is anything but boring and has bags of character and powerful aromatics. Think apricot, white flowers and a deliciously salty-fresh nuance. Made in Spain’s Ribeiro region by a consortium of young-gun winemakers, this is a fabulous example of a fruity, racy white that will prove a treat on sunny days, pairing beautifully with fresh seafood and salads.
*Like the rest of the UK, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for an Indian summer!