Unusual grapes mixed case
Curios Xarel.lo - Xarel.lo, pronounced shah-rell-oh, is from Catalonia, and a key grape in Cava production. Here it is used to make a flavoursome dry white wine that pairs beautifully with the local seafood cuisine of Barcelona.
Pratello Lugana - Lugana is a beautiful region based around Lake Garda in Northern Italy, and is the exclusive region growing 'Turbiana'. This is similar to the Verdicchio grape grown elsewhere in Italy, but a different clone known only in this area.
Romeu Reserva Branco - Port wines have always been made from multiple grape varieties, known as 'field blends', as the original vineyards were planted with many different grape varieties. It is the same for white wines too, this is a blend of Gouveio Real, Viosinho, Arinto and Rabigato (and possibly others!) and gives an inviting citrussy nose with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel and long finish.
Mavrud/Ruben - Mavrud is a thick-skinned red grape native to the Thracian Mountain region of Bulgaria. Here it is blended with Ruben (aka Rubin), a crossing of Nebbiolo and Syrah, and the combination gives a soft, fruity wine with a lovely deep colour.
Egiodola - Egiodola is another cross, this time of the equally unusual Fer Servadou and Abouriou.
Frappato - An increasingly popular grape variety native to Sicily. A very light red wine with fresh floral notes and a smooth, redcurrant taste. Can be served slightly cool.
- Go for it...... Review by Harry Vederci
Although the grape varieties may be off the beaten track, the resulting wines are not, so there are no taste surprises in there and everything is very palatable. It's a fun way to try something different.
(Posted on 14/03/2017)