Roederer Estate Quartet Brut NV
Despite being established in Mendocino County since 1982, you might not have heard of Roederer’s Californian outpost. Building on the Champagne label’s 200 years of expertise, the vineyards in Anderson Valley were picked for their cool climate and well-drained soils. The Brut NV comprising 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir weighs in at 12.5% ABV, with a fresh and generous red fruit character at the forefront. Toasty brioche from two years’ lees ageing is balanced out by clean juicy acidity and aromatic white flowers. Enjoy as an aperitif or paired with white meat. $60 from grandvin.com.sg
This third-generation Rioja wine family has much to be proud of, not least having its own cooperage and purported to employ the only cooper left in Spain. Their stock of 10,000 barrels mostly go to the flagship reds, but don’t overlook the Cava under their Conde de Haro label. The house white is a 90% Viura and 10% Malvasia blend that is barrel fermented yet gives no impression of colour oxidation in the glass. Its persistence and honeyed notes are buoyed by surprising citrus acidity and a creamy fullness on the palate.
$52 from Cellarmaster, cmwines.com.sg