La Toledana Gavi

The white wines of the town of Gavi in Piedmont have been dubbed the Chablis of Italy, due to their fresh, steely minerality. An odd epitaph given the differences between Chardonnay, the classic king of Burgundy and Cortese the simple elegant varietal that produces Gavi. Although the phrase harks more to the crisp minerality of both more than anything else.

Wines from the vineyards closest to the town are labelled Gavi di Gavi, which show Cortese at it’s best; to add greater complexity this wine is harvested late in the year.  Not so late to produce a sweeter style due to high sugar levels, but this does produce elegant and intense scents of ripe white fruits and exotic fruits, flowers, acacia honey undertones.

Alianca Dao Reserva

This is a blend of local varietals from the Dao region of central Portugal, the next  river valley down from the Duoro which is the Port river. The grapes used are: Tinta Roriz (best known as Tempranillo), Jaen (best known as Mencia) and Touriga Nacional; not names that roll easily off the tongue – that said the wine will! This is a deliciously rich wine with lots of wild red fruits, herb and spice flavours on the nose. The fruit on the nose is slightly darker with wild berries and plum being prominent along with a hint of cocoa followed with soft and elegant tannins to finish that leave the tastebuds wanting more.