Details of Central Vintners Stock of White Wine:
16th March 2008

LES VIGNERONS de la VICOMTE, 2005
A blend of Sauvignon, Grenache Blanc and Ugni Blanc. This is a crisp wine with lovely fresh green fruit and balancing acidity.

STORMY CAPE CHENIN BLANC, 2006, South Africa Coastal Region
The Stormy Cape range of wines was created by Gyles Webb, one of South Africa's leading winemakers, who is joint owner at Thelema Mountain Vineyards. This stylish, full-flavoured chenin is crisp enough to enjoy as an aperitif but is also good with white fish or chicken salad. Bottled with a screwcap closure.

MUSCADET de SEVRE et MAINE SUR LIE, 2006, Christophe Drouard
Christophe Drouard makes classic Muscadet from 35 years old vines. The wine rests on its lees (sur lie) throughout the winter. The wine is not fined and just receives a light filtration prior to bottling. Dry, fruity and refreshing.

GROS MANSENG-SAUVIGNON, 2005/6, Vins de Pays Cotes de Gascoigne
The Gros Manseng deserves to be much better known outside its "home" in the foothills of the pyrenees, where it produces several excellent wines, the pinnacle of which is the superlative Jurancon. These wines, and the reds from Madiran, dominate restaurant lists throughout the area. This example comes from one of the finest Madarin producers, Alain Brumont. Very complex, spicy flavours, rich fruit, yet satisfyingly dry. If you want to try something quite different from the usual range of varietals, give this a go - you won't be disappointed.

SAUVIGNON de TOURAINE, 2005, Domaine de la Presle
Delicious, zingy Sauvignon from the Loire.   Sancerre style at an everyday price.   Last year they swept the board with medals in Paris and this year they did the same in Anjou.

PINOT GRIGIO, LE VERITIERE, 2005/7, Vino de Tavola delle Venezie
This wine embodies all the appealing, rounded, nutty, green fruits freshness that typifies the Pinot Grigio grape without any of its oiliness or bitterness. The overriding impression is of fruit, clean and ripe, and the style is mid-weight and elegant.

CHENIN BLANC, Peter Lehmann, 2006, Barossa Australia
A deliciously zesty wine with fresh, crunchy Granny Smith apple flavours. It has crisp natural acidity and a steely dry finish. Serve lightly chilled. Its crunchy grape characters make it a splendid wine to sip for no reason at all whilst contemplating the day. Its zestiness makes it an ideal accompaniment to fresh seafood and light salads.

QUINCY TRADITION, 2005, Domaine Mardon
A wine we used to stock back in the eighties. Hélène Mardon took over running of the family estate 4 years ago from her uncle who retired, and is the fifth generation to run this estate.The wine is more grassy than Sancerre, with their own more earthy "terroir".

GIESEN DILLONS POINT, SAUVIGNON BLANC, 2006, Barossa Australia
The 2006 vintage was the earliest for at least 5 years with very good flavours in fruit at relatively low sugar levels. This was due to very dry weather, verging on drought conditions. This wine has classic nettle and gooseberry flavours combine with dry, citrus flavours on a medium bodied palate.

POUILLY FUME, DOMAINE THIBAULT, 2005, André Dezat et Fils
André Dezat produces superlative wines, which win many medals.   His Pouilly Fumé is one of the finest available - big, full of flavour, with powerful gooseberry fruit on the nose and palate. Low yields, great care both in the vineyard and cellars, ensures a great wine with a pedigree second to none. Recent tasting of this wine shows that it will taste better after a year or two in bottle - so put some in store for 2008 !

CASAL DI SERRA, VERDICCHIO CLASSICO, 2005/6, Umani Ronchi
We have long rated this as the finest affordable Italian white we have tasted.   Rich, honeyed flavours, with a pleasant bitter almond tang on the finish.   Recently awarded the coveted Tre Bicchieri, the highest award in Italy's most prestigious competition for Italian wines.

PLENIO, VERDICCHIO CLASSICO RISERVA, 2002, (Umani Ronchi)
Another stunning wine from this master winemaker.   Umani Ronchi show what heights this grape of the Marches region can achieve with careful selection, a little oak and proper ageing.   Immensely perfumed, rich and complex. Expensive yes, for an Italian white, but worth every penny.

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