Swilling in Harmonie – The White Daily Slosh

2 Aug

mdhLast year, I recommended a Muscadet that even Zara H. liked. In fact, she bought a bunch. Hell, I bought a few myself. Now, I see that it has returned this weekend – 2011 Michel Delhommeau Cuvée Harmonie Sur Lie Muscadet Sevre-et-Maine #164264 $13.95. Now, not everyone out there has tried Muscadet. It’s not a name loosely taken from the Dumas book. Or am I the only one that can’t get that homonymish thing out of my mind? Little lesson – Muscadet is made from the melon de Bourgogne grape. It’s usually pretty non-descript – dry, light and great with seafood. It’s also very plentiful. Read: it can be nonsense. This one, having been left sur lie or on the lees for a bit, however, is fuller in the mouth. It’s tangy, almost salty with great acidity on the finish. Perfect for warm weather, patios, arugula salad with shaved parmesan and a spritz of olive oil. Get a bottle or two and serve mid-afternoon. Those of you at Inverhuron for the coming week (and you know who you are), should get a couple of these for hot afternoon gulping. And, you pinot grigio hawks who really need a break from the same old should get this too – or are you one and the same?

kcrLately, it seems that every restaurant carries some version of New Zealand’s Kim Crawford line – pinot, sauvignon blanc primarily. But, this week, there’s the riesling – 2012 Kim Crawford Dry Reisling #626408 $19.95. This is first and foremost a mouth waterer of a wine – citrus followed by citrus with a hint of soft flesh fruit, followed by citrus. It’s a perfect food wine, as is a lot of riesling, with maybe matches of something with a kick, like Asian fare. This doesn’t have the depth of the German versions of this grape but it’s fun and isn’t that what wine is supposed to be about?

I haven’t had a lot of the release whites this week so will keep it short, although there is a bunch that I’d like to try, if that forms an endorsement. Two in particular:

2010 Genesis Chardonnay #327916 $18.95

2011 Turkey Flat Butchers Block Marsanne/Viognier/Rousanne #058503 $19.95

3 Responses to “Swilling in Harmonie – The White Daily Slosh”

  1. shirazrat August 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm #

    A muscadet I was drinking regularly last summer was Domaine Des Amoureux Muscadet Sevre et Maine. I took a liking to the simple understated and dry style. Clean citrus and stonefruit – and yes great with seafood or a light meal on one of those warm, balmy summer evenings. I found with an extra year on it, it had a lovely honey and straw feel to it.

    Re the Turkey Flat Butcher’s Block white, I think it is an interesting Barossa variation on the Rhone style. The marsanne component has been matured in oak while the viognier and roussanne add the vibrant fruity character. 2011 was a “challenging” wet vintage however, so it might not be a typical example.

    You could also try a McLaren Vale one, d’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier Marsanne. It can be funky and hedonistic – even a bit rustic. Made in an old basket press and gets some old oak, so it can have a savoury oxidative character (that some like and some do not) rather than simply fresh fruity flavours.

    • Duff's Wines August 2, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

      Thanks for the recommendation. We get the Hermit Crab here and I’ll look it up.

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  1. Zaftig It’s Not – The White Daily Slosh | Duff's Wines - August 16, 2013

    […] Last week, or was it the month before last, I’ve lost track, there was a viognier on the White Daily Slosh. It had a bit of Marsanne in it. A reader and fellow blogger, shirazrat, told me that if I liked that one, there was a great representation of that blend made by d’Arenberg – The Hermit Crab. I tried to track down a few bottles then but it wasn’t around. But as if someone’s ears were burning, someone was reading our minds or fate stepped in or maybe just a strange coincidence, we have that very wine available starting Saturday – 2011 D’Arenberg The Hermit Crab Viognier/Marsanne #662775 $18.95. This is a very smelly wine – I mean good smelly – aromatic just like our friends on the Vintages panel suggest. I think that you’d like it, if you prefer a white that is a bit ‘funky and hedonistic’ as shirazrat suggested. Thanks for the tip! It can go solo quite comfortably or you might like some lighter fare that has some bite to go along with it. […]

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