What’s Hot in the World of Wine: Seafood wine, Pinot Rosé & fruity whites





Once a fortnight, CellarVie Wines kicks back with the weekend’s newspapers in an effort to determine what’s hot in the world of wine, offering up views and possible alternatives to the nation’s big-hitting publications and their wine suggestions. In this instalment of ‘What’s Hot’, we scrutinise some of our venerated wine journalists’ weekend efforts including what to drink with Seafood in the Sunday Times, wines to suit a barbeque in the Telegraph, Pinot Rosé in The Guardian, and fruity whites in the Daily Mail... 


Seafood matches

Bob Tyrer in The Sunday Times recommends a number of bottles of wine to enjoy with seafood or not as the case maybe, most notably a Casa Silva Cool Coast Sauvignon Blanc 2011 from Chile, a blend of Marsanne Chardonnay Roussanne from Margaret River and “a white Côtes du Rhône that brings together marsanne, roussanne and viognier”.

While acknowledging the Sauvignon Blanc was “absolutely wrong with seafood until it calms down in a year or two”, the esteemed Sunday Times journo conceded it was a “fantastically aggressive and pungent” drop. He later recommends "a complex blended white called Quinta Generacion" using viognier, sauvignon gris and chardonnay, that "overpowered the prawns and jarred with chilli, but would certainly be happy with more luscious fish."

CellarVie Wines says: If you looking to try a few indigenous grape varieties or perhaps lesser known varietals then the Rare Vineyards’ collection is a particular favourite in the office at the moment. The Languedoc-Roussillon has always been associated with experimentation and innovative winemaking and the Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2010 is a wine made with 40-year-old vines and subsequently boasting deep, rich fruit flavours and is definitely worth a try. If you are looking for something a little lighter and to perhaps accompany the surprisingly balmy weather at the moment, then the Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 2010, Pays d'Oc is lovely and very good with seafood.

The Houghton The Bandit Chardonnay-Viognier 2008 is an award winning wine and ideal with seafood and firm white fish such as plaice, skate and sole.

Why not try:

Rare Vineyards Carignan Vieilles Vignes 2010

Rare Vineyards Marsanne-Viognier 2010, Pays d'Oc

The Houghton The Bandit Chardonnay-Viognier 2008

Errázuriz Sauvignon Blanc 2010, Casablanca Valley


What to serve at a barbecue

"Even the most dedicated food-and-wine matcher sometimes goes astray when it comes to a barbecue." So says Susy Atkins in her column for the Telegraph. While that may be the case we are just pleased to finally see some barbequing weather! Atkins recommends Riesling from Australia, a Pinot Noir from New Zealand and a Sauvignon Blanc, suggesting “lamb kebabs are a joy to match” with the Pinot, that "pork-belly slices with fruit chutney call out for riesling" and "tuna has equally forthright, vivacious notes (this time, lime juice and chilli) and I'd pour ice-cold sauvignon blanc from New Zealand, Chile or South Africa, all quivering, rapier-sharp acidity but with sunny gooseberry and citrus."

CellarVie Wines says: While normally associated with Germany and Alsace, Riesling is now increasingly brilliant in Australia’s Clare Valley region. The Leasingham Magnus Riesling has refreshingly juicy acidity, lemony citrus and a fullness of flavour and if you like dry, yet full and flavoursome whites this is ideal with your barbequed pork or chicken. As aforementioned, Sauvignon Blanc from Chile are not only generally superb but also often represent brilliant value for money. While the Maycas del Limarí perhaps looks a little dear at nearly £11, its from the Limari Valley which is undoubtedly one of the new darlings of the Chilean wine scene and it is deliciously refreshing and hopefully a nice match for more great weather.

Why not try:

Leasingham Magnus Riesling 2009, Clare Valley

Maycas del Limarí Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2008, Limarí Valley


Pinot Rosé

The Guardian champions an off-dry white wine from Hungary, a cinsault from Chile and Pinot Rosé from New Zealand all of which David Williams claims will "put you in a summer-holiday frame of mind".

CellarVie Wines says: While Williams quite rightly recommends a lovely Pinot Rosé from Marlborough we are also keen to recommend the Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault, Joseph Mellot just because it is beautifully unusual but supremely tasty. Made from Pinot Noir, like the aforementioned New Zealand tipple, the Sancerre Rosé 2010 produces a delicate, dry, pink wine with a delicious aroma of fresh strawberries.

Williams advocates an off-dry white Tokaji made from the furmint grape, and if that is to your liking, then you will certainly marvel at the zippy acidity of the Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos – Hungary’s iconic sweet wine. The cisault recommendation from Chile - “an unfashionable grape variety (cinsault) grown in a lesser-known southern Chilean region (Itata)" – is interesting and if you enjoyed the De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault as endorsed by the Guardian then the Hochar Père et Fils Red, Chateau Musar 2002, from the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon is an interesting blend of Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan and a small percentage of Grenache which all amounts to a deliciously rich and seductive glass of wine.


Why not try:

Sancerre Rosé 2010, Le Rabault, Joseph Mellot

Royal Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos 2007, Hungary


Fruity whites

The Daily Mail’s always jovial Olly Smith recalls a recent encounter with "a host of chefs gathered to show off their skills – from James Martin and the Hairy Bikers to MasterChef’s John and Gregg.” Adding that the one thing he learnt was “that chefs love interesting wine, especially when it’s a surprising choice." He subsequently recommends a plethora of “fruity whites”. Riesling, “ripe Pinot Gris with its quince-like concentration to the more floral, exotic Gewurztraminer” all subsequently get a mention, as do sparkling Moscato and pink Brachetto d’Acqui from Italy.

CellarVie Wines says: Gewurztraminer is the most celebrated grape of Alsace and the 2009 vintage by Martin Zahn is the archetypal example of this unusual varietal. It’s surprisingly dry but with full and rich spicy flavours. Riesling is a lovely, vibrant wine for this time of year and should you wish to try a perfect example the Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2007, by revered producer, S.A.Prüm, is an absolute belter.

Why not try:

Gewürztraminer Alsace 2009, Martin Zahn

Riesling Kabinett Mosel 2007, S.A.Prüm
 
 

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