Tasting table

09 March, 2007

OLN samples an intriguing mix from around Europe

Viñas del Vero DO Somontana 2005 Gewürztraminer

Supplier: Ehrmanns

Lychees, rose petals and tropical fruit hit you in the nose from this pale lemon-yellow wine. Light-bodied and tropical, with good acid balancing its sweetness. Exclusive to independents.


La Marca Prosecco

Supplier: IWS

A bubbly that justifies the hype surrounding the wines from Italy's Fruili region. Gently sparkling, peach and apple aromas dominate the nose, Elegant bubbles, lots of citrus on the palate and a nice dry finish. Bags more class than other similarly-priced bubblies and very good value for money. Would be perfect with seafood or light chicken dishes. RE

Colline Tamborini Bianco 2005, Ticino, Switzerland

Supplier: For the Love of Wine

This unusual Swiss blend of Pinot Bianco and Merlot has a lovely floral nose with elderflower and stone fruit, with a medium-bodied, oily feel on the palate and good structure. CB

Huber Grüner Veltliner Berg 2006, Traisental, Austria

Supplier: Thierry's Wine Services

A herbal, woody nose and a sweetness on the palate off-set the classic green fruit, citrus and green pepper notes of this GV from 27-year-old wunderkind winemaker Markus Huber. Grown in pure limestone and fermented and stored in acacia-wood, this wine has good acidity, a lingering finish and a real point of difference even among Austria's excellent and distinctive range of GVs. CB

Pittnauer Pinot Noir Fuchsenfeld 2004, Burgenland, Austria

Supplier: Clark Foyster Wines

Smoke, meat and barbecue oak notes hit the nose and carry over onto the palate of this excellent single vineyard Pinot Noir, with flavours of redcurrant and red fruit balancing the savoury overtones. Soft mouthfeel, gentle tannins and quite light-bodied. CB

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