The Best New Wine Online | Wine
Roc Primeur Bordeaux, France 2021 (£13.99, or £11.99 as part of a mixed case of 12, Laithwaites) For obvious reasons, the pandemic has been a busy time for online wine, with some of the biggest players’ sales increasing by 300% during the various lockdowns. While many of us have now reverted to pre-pandemic wine buying patterns, it seems many have stuck to our online habit, much like Zooms and Teams have (for better or for worse). worse) replaced many face-to-face meetings. Fittingly, the biggest player in the business – Laithwaites – hosted their latest press tasting online, sending in samples and having their team of wine buyers discuss their picks via video. I enjoyed the small selection from the retailer’s 1,200-bottle range that I tried at home, which included two from the region the company first became known with, Bordeaux. Roc Primeur is a lively red, very modern, young, fresh and scented with blackcurrant; and Château le Coin Sauvignon Gris 2021 (£12.99) is a weighty yet scintillating white with scents of white peach and grapefruit.
Vino Atlantico Txakoli, Spain 2019 (£17.99, naked wines) Another highlight of Laithwaites (which, like most merchants, has its best prices if you buy per case of 12 bottles (mixed or not) is a really juicy Chilean red made by the country’s talented winemaker Ricardo Baettig of Viña Morande. currently on-trend Pencahue Estate 2019 (£10.99 or £8.99 in a case) has the silky feel and luminosity of fruit that I associate with wines made in concrete egg-shaped vessels that many winemakers now prefer wooden barrels or stainless steel tanks.On the white side, I enjoyed the distinctive Lebanese combination of muscat, local variety obeidy and viognier in Ixsir Altitudes Blanc 2021 (£20, or £18.99 in a case): a heady scent of rose garden, peach and lemon.a refreshing match for a feast of fresh dishes spiced with tahini and zaatar.It contrasts nicely with my favorite white from a ’30 under £30′ set sent by Laithw’s online rivals aites, Naked Wines: the lively, intensely orange perennial a modern and lemony version of txakoli, a Basque classic associated with seafood.
PI Saperavi, Kakheti Georgia 2020 (£20.99, naked wines) There’s a great story behind my favorite red in the Naked selection. According to the Naked spiel, the company’s wine director, Ray O’Connor, discovered it in a hidden cellar in the back garden of winemakers Levan Chichinadze and Teona Omarashvili’s home in the center of Georgia’s capital, Tbilisi. Made from the tall saperavi, an inky, dark Georgian grape grown in the country’s main growing region of Kakheti, it’s dry, but there’s something almost Black Forest cake about it: a velvety sheen luxuriously sensual black cherry and dark blackberry fruit, all beautifully balanced by lovely acidity. It’s perfect with roast lamb, but I’ve also enjoyed it with very dark, almost flavorful, high-cocoa chocolate. Under £10, I was impressed with the easy-drinking, spicy succulence of Sam Plunkett’s The Butterfly Effect Shiraz 2021 from Victoria Australia (£9.99); the 2020 Domaine Des Deux Vallées Coteaux du Layon Loire Sweet Wine “Tarte Tatin in a Glass” (£10.99, 37.5cl) is a lovely partner for cheese at the end of a long, lingering lunch. ‘summer.
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