TURTON WINES & THE SLAUGHTERED HOUSE

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INTRODUCTION TO UNUSUAL WHITES

What makes a wine unusual? There are several elements that can single a wine out as unusual and we have worked to create a tasting choice that covers uniqueness across the world.

GRAPE TYPE

Many are familiar with only a handful of wine grapes, but there are more than 10,000 grape varieties suited for wine making, many of which are locally consumed. With the rise of the wine industry internationally, increasingly are being ‘discovered’ and appearing on shelves in the UK.

Eastern Europe in particular is coming to the fore. Its rich history shows that winemaking was most likely conceived in this part of the world and the knowledge passed down through centuries is becoming perfectly complemented by modern winemaking techniques to finally highlight wines of outstanding quality. Flagship native grapes such as Vranec, Feteasca Neagra and Saperavi (red), Feteasca Regala, Rkatsiteli and Misket (white) are essential to try.

Looking elsewhere, the major improvements in vinification means that grapes that are traditionally only used within blends are being explored as varietals. You may well have consumed Graciano within a Rioja blend, or Corvina within an Amarone blend, but never had the opportunity to sample this grape on its own.

 TERROIR & VINIFICATION

Climate, soils, rainfall, and elevation; all affect vine growth and their ability to reach optimum concentration before harvest. One knows what to expect from a Californian Pinot Noir or Argentinian Malbec, but what about one from Moldova or New Zealand? Sometimes grapes can benefit from small plots in other countries with a suited micro-climate where it was previously thought impossible.

The combination of new production techniques with tried and tested tradition can make for remarkably interesting wine. Many Georgian wines are still matured in huge underground burrows in traditional clay jars (Qvevri), often fermenting the Marc (stalks, pips, and skins) with grape flesh, especially in their renowned orange wines. Other wines may be Biodynamic with vine growers working in harmony with the natural climate to ensure as little intervention as possible in the vineyards. Usually organic, the current ‘natural wine’ craze is centred around biodynamics.

 

THE WINES

Click the wines below to be taken to the wine product page online and full description and tasting notes for each wine:

This produces a fresh, fragrant and fruity Prosecco with gentle aromas of pear and apple. Pale lemon in appearance, on the palate it is off-dry with the hint of sweetness it retains,  with lively bubbles and an attractively crisp finish. Try with light canapes, antipasti, shellfish or soft mild cheeses. 
It’s a bright, greenish yellow wine, with soft subtle aromas of apple and almond. The palate brings a slightly peppery first taste, followed by a creamier and fruitier finish. Classy and elegant. Try with salads, grilled vegetables, steamed fish, citrus chicken dishes, or mild hard cheeses.
A bright yellow with gold and green highlights. Aromas of white flowers, orange blossom, citrus, herbaceous and balsamic hints of green apple and pineapple. The palate is similar with fresh acidity, slightly saline and with a rich and long finish. Try with seafood, fish and rice dishes.
Yellow with golden tones in appearance, the nose shows fresh notes of white flowers, grapefruit, fennel, mint and peach. The palate is fresh and Mediterranean in character, with notes of apricot, bitter almond, grapefruit and mint on the finish. Try with white roasted meat, sushi, risotto, aged cheese or cold meats.

Pale yellow in colour with hints of green, it shows lots of tropical aromas such as pineapple, grapefruit, guava, and Asian pear with hints of jasmine flowers. A fresh and well balanced wine with a lovely crisp finish. Try with coconut curries or light chicken, seafood and tofu dishes, chargrilled vegetables, feta or ricotta.