A guide to the world’s lesser known white wines
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A guide to the world’s lesser known white wines

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Vintage Cellars
September 7, 2017
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Savouring the fresh and fruity flavours of a quality white wine is one of life’s great pleasures. After all, who doesn’t love the citrusy peaks of a riesling?

But haven’t you ever wondered if there’s something more to explore? Surely there are other textures, tastes and aromas beyond the white wine varietals we already know and love.

Why not consider broadening your palate with a wine you’ve never even heard of.

You never know, you may surprise yourself and find a new favourite.

LIGHT WHITES

For those who love a sauvignon blanc, get ready to experience…

Colombard

A relative of chenin blanc, this varietal is more commonly used to create cognac and armagnac. However, when used to produce table wine, the result yields a lovely light, dry and fragrant drop with notes of citrus, peach and tangerine.

Vermintino

This deliciously complex Sardinian varietal delivers a crisp and refreshing acidity, beautifully combined with hints of almond, apple, grapefruit and lime. Light-bodied and pale, it’s the perfect addition to a Mediterranean feast of seafood and roasted vegetables.

If you’re into pinot grigio, it’s time to try…

Albariño

One of Spain’s most aromatic wines, this varietal dates back to the 12th Century AD and combines its mouth-watering acidity with flavours of lime, nectarine and peach. Its profile is comparatively light, and is best enjoyed young while its acid is still relatively fresh.

MEDIUM WHITES

If you love chardonnay, you’re likely to enjoy…

Viognier

Sure to appeal to fans of chardonnay, viognier is a bold, unctuous, golden wine that enraptures with aromas of apricot, tangerine, mango and honeysuckle. On the palate, it leaves a dry and acidic aftertaste that makes it the perfect addition to any meal featuring fennel, herbs or citrus.

As well as riesling, you might also like…

Gewürtztraminer

This German varietal exhibits a tell-tale nose of roses, lychee, pineapple and honey. While it’s naturally high in sugar, the prevailing new world of style has produced a range of highly aromatic wines whose natural fruitiness is kept in check with balance acidity.

Grüner Veltliner

This exotic alternative to riesling is grown predominantly in Austria and produces a dry white wine with pops of acidity and primary flavours of lemon, lime and grapefruit. Its signature is a thin vein of acidity that provides a delightfully explosive mouthfeel, which pairs perfectly with fresh salads and white meat.