2016 Mt Difficulty, Bannockburn Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand
This is one of the finest wines made in New Zealand and I cannot recommend it highly enough, says Matthew Jukes.
2015 Rathfinny, Blanc de Noirs Brut, Sussex, England
The terrific, pale hue of this utterly delicious Sussex sparkler catches you unawares
2015 CVNE, Imperial Reserva, Rioja, Spain
This mellow and complex red is perfect for a summer barbecue – or an autumnal game dish, a wintry beef stew, or a succulent spring lamb.
I have majored on white wines this month, given the season, and yet the diversity of flavours on offer here shows not only the breadth of the Yapp cellar but also that well-selected whites can cover almost all flavour-bases when it comes to food and wine-matching. One rosé and one red complete the picture and, for a French specialist merchant, it is exciting to bring Germany and Australia into the mix. However, there is an overarching theme this month which might not necessarily be apparent and I would like to bring it to your attention. While every wine is spectacular,...