3 New Wines for Easter

While you’re stocking up for Easter, we thought we’d take this opportunity to let you know about three new wines which arrived on our shelves this month. Now the chances are that you’ve tried the Jones Fitou (£21)? The delightfully broad and bold Fitou from SW France made by expat English winemaker Katie Jones from grapes from vineyards that Katie has saved from abandonment and including the delightfully monikered Hairy Grenache? (The one from One Direction?)

Well we’re now stocking a couple of more keenly priced wines buy Her Jonesness, the Jones Blanc and Jones Rouge, perhaps not as dense and textured as her Fitou, these wines are designed as good, crowd-pleasing swiggers that will delight any palate. The Blanc is a blend of Grenache Gris and Macabeu with a nose of pear drops and a hint of oiliness (believe us, this is a good thing!) and the taste is clean and fresh green apple with a pleasing wisp of smoke. The Rouge is a blend of Grenache and Carignan (maybe the most iconic vine of Roussillon – the area of France where the Mediterranean coast turns south towards Catalunya and Spain). It has an earthy fresh blackcurrant nose with a touch of nettle. As the fruit comes through on the palate, it is more that of a blackcurrant sauce if not bramble. There’s soft acidity and nice pepperiness to boot.

Our third new wine is an Albariño from Rias Baixas in NE Spain, Torroxal (pronounced Torroschal, we are reliably informed). It’s not a direct replacement for the popular Orballo Albariño, which unfortunately is no longer available to us, but offers some of the characteristics of its predecessor as it shows some of the typical saline characteristics of Albariños grown close to the Atlantic coast. (Unlike the less salty Lusco Albariño, which is more typical of wines from grapes grown more inland.) Torroxal’s soft nose is full of plump apricot with notes of lime, almond and ozone.  On the palate it’s dry, deep and saline with low acidity, tropical fruit and a hit of citrus oils (lemon, lime and orange) in a long, full finish.

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