A few old favourites and some new arrivals make their way onto this latest iteration of the table mixed pack, each selected to suit the mood of the season and the flavours of late autumn.
Cellar Credo's Miranius is saline and a touch chalky, with heaps of freshness and just a bit of weight to the palate. Exceptional, versatile white from the folks behind the superb cavas of Recaredo.
It's the last of the Cyprès de Toi blanc, a lovely unoaked chardonnay from Corbières, and while we'll miss it when it's gone, we're joyfully filling our cups with this vinous, nourishing wine that's herbal with a just-rounded texture and nice waxy length.
A new wine from Pheasant's Tears, the de facto poster child for Georgian natural wines: Madlieri shows densely packed herbs and dried flower aromas carry onto a concentrated, broad palate. A chalky finish wants for food alongside, and plants its feet firmly in the tradition of Georgian orange wines.
We're so excited about the new wines of Kamptal Kollectiv, the brainchild of Newcomer Wines and Kamptal-based winemakers Stephanie and Alwin Jurtschitsch that financially empowers other farmers in the greater Kamptal region to make the leap to organic farming. It's a forward-thinking concept that's actionable in real time, and benefits growth of the local economy and aids in the environmental sustainability of the region at large. In terms of the wine, it's a blend of moslty zweigelt with a bit of grüner veltliner: deeply herbaceous and fresh, with just a subtle hint of tannin. So not only is it a tasty, easy drinking juicy little red wine, it also supports the efforts of this incredible project. In short: we feel really great about having these on the shelf.
My notes from the trade tasting wherein I first tried the Canon d'Achille read: bang bang. juicy, yum. I mean, what else is there really to say?
And for the final, fullest bodied of the reds, we have the Domaine Lattard Syrah. Plump, inky wine that streaks the palate with dark fruit and spice. Elegant, with just a touch of structuring tannin that brings it all together.
So there we have it - a little line up that will take you through the last of November and into those heady early weeks of December, when we all need a little fortification. Wines that are simple enough for everyday and celebratory enough for festive meals with friends and family, and will have you smooth sailing into your holiday season ahead.