Aromatic For The People
Paraphrasing from Animal Farm: all wines are aromatic but some are more aromatic than others.
Here’s a trio of white wines that positively leap from the glass with their surging scents. With a fiver off the usual price as well.
Additionally these are all smart, bright and un-oaked wines that hit the ‘refresh and revive me’ button.
2021 Vagabond Sauvignon Blanc: Chile’s Valle Centrale is at once a winemakers paradise - no major vines diseases, minimal climate problems, no problem getting ripeness - and also a land without much claim to superstardom. Out of this paradox comes our gallant and ever reliable Sauvignon Blanc. Offering a pert twang of green plum, gooseberry and lemon pith flavours. It soothes that Sauvignon itch in a trice. It may only be a back up singer in a chorus line of Sauvignons but it has more than passed an audition; it's in the show and happy to perform for you.
2020 Mantler Gruner Veltliner: Austria’s signature grape variety is a chameleon. Capable of perfectly reflecting its origins, vintage and the people who have tended it. Here we’re at the first inklings of what the grape can achieve. And that’s pretty, racy, refreshing and tangy. It’s a wine as much about tasting ‘green’ as it is about being a wine. There’s some flourishes of cress, fennel, green apple and white pepper in the mix. It’s fleeting and fascinating, like watching mayflies over a sunlight pond, shimmering and momentary but part of an endless cycle of life.
2019 Vagabond Bacchus: The urgency of the aromas to escape the glass here is pretty remarkable. Wafting out intensely with scents of lemongrass, kiwi fruit, thyme and elderflower this is one pristine and vivacious wine.
The light body and brisk palate is shaped around similar flavours to those you might find in Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The finish resonates with an elderflower cordial twang. This leaves us dreaming about a long summer evening barbecue party. The sort where you notice bats swooping at twilight and the first stars popping into the once blue sky. Where the warmth of sunburnt cheeks is offset by walking barefoot across cool garden grass. That perfect evening that you can smell in your memories.
In this bundle:
• 2021 VAGABOND Sauvignon Blanc 75cl
• 2020 2020 FAMILIE MANTLER Blutenreich Gruner Veltliner 75cl
• 2019 VAGABOND WINERY Bacchus 75cl