Beat­ing the Heat

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tasting Notes -

THE ALTO ADIGE RE­GION OF NORTHEASTERN ITALY PRO­DUCES PHE­NOM­E­NAL WHITES REM­I­NIS­CENT OF THE BEST OF FRANCE. THE FLINTY MOUN­TAIN SOIL

IM­PARTS A UNIQUE MIN­ERAL CHARACTER, AND THE WINE­MAK­ERS USE A VA­RI­ETY OF GRAPES, FROM GRASSY SAU­VI­GNON BLANCS TO FLO­RAL AND FRUITY PINOT BIAN­COS. MANY OF THE WINES ARE UN­OAKED, WITH FRESH, LIVELY FLAVOURS SHOW­CAS­ING THE FRUIT, SOIL AND MI­CRO­CLI­MATES. HERE ARE James

Suck­ling’s PICKS FOR A HOT DAY ON THE BEACH OR THE BOAT

CANTINA TER­LANO TERLANER CLAS­SICO 2012

FRESH AND CLEAN, WITH PEAR, GREEN AP­PLE AND LIME CHARACTER. FULL BODY, TANGY ACID­ITY AND A LE­MON-LIME UN­DER­TONE. VERY MIN­ER­ALLY. A BLEND OF CHARDONNAY, PINOT BLANC AND SAU­VI­GNON BLANC. DRINK NOW. 93 POINTS

TIEFENBRUNNER PINOT GRI­GIO TURMHOF 2012

WHITE PEP­PER, PEARS AND MIN­ER­ALS SHOW ON THE NOSE AND FOLLOW THROUGH IN THIS FULL­BOD­IED WHITE WITH SOLID ACID­ITY AND RIPE FRUIT CHARACTER. IT’S FRESH AND FLAVOUR­FUL WITH PLENTY OF DEPTH. DE­LI­CIOUS. DRINK NOW. 91 POINTS

ELENA WALCH CAS­TEL RING­BERG SAU­VI­GNON 2012

A BEAU­TI­FUL WHITE WITH LE­MON PEEL, FLINT AND LIGHT MANGO. FULL BODY, WON­DER­FUL RICH­NESS AND AN IN­TENSE, FLAVOUR­FUL FIN­ISH. RE­MINDS ME OF A TOP POUILLY FUMÉ BUT MORE MIN­ER­ALLY. DRINK NOW. 94 POINTS

CANTINA TER­LANO CHARDONNAY KREUTH 2012

LOTS OF RIPE AP­PLE WITH LE­MON, MIN­ERAL AND DRIED PEACH CHARACTER. FULL BODY, BRIGHT ACID­ITY AND A LONG, FLAVOUR­FUL FIN­ISH. A LAY­ERED AND BEAU­TI­FUL WHITE WITH STRUC­TURE AND STYLE SIM­I­LAR TO GRAND CRU CH­ABLIS. DRINK NOW. 93 POINTS

ST. MICHAEL-EPPAN SAU­VI­GNON SANCT VALENTIN 2012

THIS IS AL­WAYS A VI­BRANT, STYLISH SAU­VI­GNON BLANC WITH SUB­TLE TROP­I­CAL FRUIT AND LOTS OF LIME CHARACTER. SLATE AND STONE TOO. IT’S FULL­BOD­IED WITH ZESTY ACID­ITY. MANY CON­SIDER IT ONE OF ITALY’S BEST WHITES. DRINK NOW. 93 POINTS

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