The easy drinking wine box, a staycation box, a mid-week wine box, an Ely favourites box?
It’s all of them. But really, it is a selection of six wines – two white and four red – which are hugely enjoyable, eminently drinkable and incredibly satisfying. All from small or family run wineries with a minimum intervention, maximum sustainability approach (two are certified Biodynamic). These are wines to be enjoyed whenever and wherever you like.
As white wines go, this has to be the ultimate all-rounder. Ripe and peachy, yet crisp and refreshing, it’s a great aperitif, and also the perfect match for seafood, salads, lunches and springtime.
A blend of grapes, vineyards and vintages. Here, we have Viura and Tempranillo Blanco, along with a splash of Garnacha blanco and Chardonnay, from both 2019 and 2018. Initial aromas are ripe -peach and pineapple, but with a lemon freshness on the palate. Delicate use of oak comes through as subtle vanilla and cinnamon on the finish, to make this a complex yet very drinkable wine.
One of our favourite producers from the often-overlooked Brezeme region of the northern Rhone. Wonderfully intense and vibrant red, with raspberry and cherry fruit and a whiff of floral on the nose. The palate is rich and juicy with a satisfyingly spicy finish.
For sheer vinous enjoyment, you won’t find better value than this -anywhere! Bursting with raspberry, black cherry and even hints of tea, this has the perfect balance of Montepulciano’s plush fruit and Sangiovese’s acid and tannic structure.
Sourced from old vines up in the Sierra de Gredos mountains, this is a Garnacha dominated field blend (there’s Rufete & Pinuela in there too since you ask), this packs a seriously flavoursome punch but never feels over-ripe or extracted. Strawberry, raspberry fruit and a twist of pepper and spice on the finish.
To know that this was made by the husband and wife team behind Mullineux is all you really need as a guarantee of quality. An intriguing blend of Syrah, Tinta Barocca, Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan, it’s like Southern Rhone meets South Africa, by way of Portugal, and every bit as wonderful as that sounds.