SAM WYLIE-HARRIS singles out some impressive wines from the most exciting New World regions WINES from the southern hemisphere have such global reach, you can enjoy these top drops at any level. Whether it's a world-class label or an affordable fruity bomb, South America, South Africa, South Australia and New Zealand's South Island can produce all our classic favourites, surprise us with other varieties, and satisfy our expectations in spades...
ARISE ARGENTINA | A fusion of the most popular Italian and Spanish grapes, Caleidoscopio Pinot Grigio Fiano Albarino 2014, Mendoza, Argentina (PS8.00, Marks & Spencer) is a fine example of how high-altitude whites can exude crisp and tangy lemony flavours with no oak influence.
CHILE CHIMES | With near-perfect growing conditions and a Mediterranean climate, French grape varieties such as roussanne and marsanne have found a niche in blends such as Alto Los Romeros Gran Reserva Colchagua 2014, Chile (PS9.95, tannerswines.co.uk), right, With creamy, blossomy aromas, a restrained, silky richness and well-ripened pear and citrus fruits, there's a delightful honeyed note with refreshing acidity in the background.
BEST BODEGA | Tannat (a spicy red grape that's native to Madiran in south west France) thrives in South America's smallest country and this award winning Garzon Tannat 2012, Uruguay (PS15.99, selfridges.com) could leave you dreaming of a wine tasting holiday in Punta del Este. With a New World opulence but a youthful freshness, the soft and succulent black fruits are laced with spice and complemented by violet aromas and a long, luxurious velvety finish.
CUE THE CAPE | | South Africa produces all our international favourites, but if you feel like branching out, its signature variety can reward with lovely damson fruits and toasty character. Try Pinotage Reserve 2015, Western Cape, South Africa (PS5.99, Spar), right, which has generous plum and blackberry flavours, spice, cocoa and coffee notes with a distinctive smoky element.
PRIME KIWI | | New Zealand's pure, textured and pear scented pinot gris, such as Yealands Estate Single Vineyard Pinot Gris 2015, Marlborough, New Zealand (PS12.95, greatwesternwine.co.uk) will leave you weighing up the options of choosing this over a sauvignon blanc. Utterly delicious, there are apple and spiced pear flavours aplenty with enough acidity to balance the lush, honeyed fruit.
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|Publication:||Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Apr 10, 2016|
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