Carol Brown un­earths some de­li­ciously drink­able new wines

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and good fruit – think lemon and peach and a bal­anc­ing acid­ity fin­ish­ing with a grape­fruit tang. £13.99 from Foun­tain­hall Wines, Aberdeen/Stone­haven.

Left Field Al­barino 2015 comes from the north is­land re­gion of Gis­bourne, in New Zealand. In­tensely fruity with peach and tangy grape­fruit, there are flo­ral notes and a lift­ing min­eral el­e­ment too. £12.99, cur­rently on of­fer at £10.99 from Foun­tain­hall Wines.

Semeli Feast 2015. From the Greek re­gion of Ne­mea, the aro­matic Moschofilero grape is be­hind the la­bel. Per­fumed and Mus­cat-like, there are grape­fruit and spice scents and tangy lingering melon and grape­fruit flavours. I have a sud­den crav­ing for one of those lit­tle feta and spinach filo pas­tries … Od­dbins, £8.75.

Italy is al­ways a good place to go for less well-known grapes. Sal­a­dini Pi­las­tri Fa­le­rio DOC 2015 is made from an or­gan­i­cally grown trio of grapes. Treb­biano is wide­spread across Italy and works well here com­bined with Passe­rina and Pecorino. On the sniff, it’s all about the or­chard and stone fruit scents. It’s fresh, crisp and dry with tangy mid-weight peach and apri­cot and a long min­eral fin­ish. Od­dbins, £9.50.

Pit­tnauer “Pitti” 2015, Bur­gen­land, Aus­tria. I re­ally like this un-oaked red blend of two of Aus­tria’s key red grapes, Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch. Up­front and juicy with black cherry and red berry coulis aro­mas and flavours, there are bram­ble notes and tan­nins are soft. Drink along­side chicken chas­seur. £11.50, Od­dbins.

When I’m at a con­sumer tast­ing, the se­cond ques­tion that I’m of­ten asked (af­ter why are you writ­ing so many notes?) is what is your favourite wine here?

Al­ways dif­fi­cult to pin­point one but one that re­ally jumped out at the pre-Christ­mas Wine Raks tast­ing in Aberdeen was Noster Ini­cial Pri­o­rat 2009 from Spain. Pri­o­rat is one of only two wine re­gions in Spain to carry the DOCa clas­si­fi­ca­tion, the other is Rioja. Mainly Gar­nacha (Gre­nache) which shines in the re­gion, with Samso (Carig­nan) and a lit­tle Caber­net Sauvi­gnon, it is fab­u­lously in­tense with black­cur­rant, dark berry and rasp­berry aro­mas. Tan­nins pro­vide a struc­tured back- drop sur­rounded by lovely, juicy red berry salad flavours. £29.95.

The Cotes Du Rhone ap­pel­la­tion is of­ten as­so­ci­ated with red wines but the area also boasts some char­ac­ter­ful white grapes too. They blend well to­gether or are seen as stand­alone va­ri­etals. Leon Perdi­gal Cotes Du Rhone Blanc 2015 is a crack­ing ex­am­ple of a white Rhone blend tak­ing in Gre­nache Blanc, Clairette, Bour­boulenc, Rous­sanne and Viog­nier sourced from sev­eral vine­yards across the South­ern Rhone.

It’s a blast of fra­grant jas­mine, al­mond and peach aro­mas with a lovely bal­ance of lively acid­ity, in­tense peach and a com­plex, long last­ing fin­ish. £7.49, Ma­jes­tic Wine. En­joy your ex­plo­ration! Carol has two wine cour­ses and a work­shop in Aberdeen over the next few weeks. The Aberdeen page of www.wine-ed­u­ca­tion -ser­vice.co.uk has more in­for­ma­tion. The Press and Jour­nal | Satur­day, Jan­uary 14, 2017 11

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