Find seven characterful whites from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa, including two Gold Medal winners at 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards. All are available in China.
7 award-winning white wines from the Southern Hemisphere-Decanter world Wine Awards
Matetic, Corralillo Riesling, Casablanca Valley, Chile, 2015
A bright citrus and herb tinged nose, with white flower and smoky apple characters. Racy, bone dry, with Riesling minerality, fresh acidity and succulent tangerine flavours.
Hunter'S Wines, Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2015
Lifted and zesty. Clean and zippy with classic flavours of gooseberries and lime. Perhaps not the most concentrated example but it is well balanced and very clean. Seems a bit hollow mid palate but the finish is fulfilling.
Terrazas De Los Andes, Torrontés, Salta, Argentina, 2015
Beautiful nose bursting with lime peel, lemon, elderflower, quince and exotic fruits. A mouth-watering wine, lively and precise, with an amazing freshness and some vibrant mineral notes.
Chaffey Bros. Wine, Not Your Grandma's Riesling, Eden Valley, South Australia, Australia, 2015
European in feel, opening with a broad, succulent, savoury nose of spice-infused lychee and citrus. Full, luscious palate that most will enjoy, with spice, white pepper and jasmine complexity; very realised, and very successful.
McWilliam's, 842 Chardonnay, Tumbarumba, New South Wales, Australia, 2013
Rich and complex, plush and dense, with lovely layers of bright citrus fruit and savoury, earthy aromas. Elegantly textured on the palate, with beautifully integrated sweet oak and brilliantly intense fruit. Very impressive.
Saint Clair Family Estate, Wairau Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, Wairau Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2015
Curry leaves, a minty note and some camomile and candied lemons fill the bouquet. On the concentrated palate there is an attractive grapefruit rind bitterness that keeps the wine in check on the finish. It has excellent length and impeccable overall balance. A textbook example.
David Nieuwoudt, Ghost Corner Sauvignon Blanc, Elim, Cape Agulhas, South Africa, 2015
Piercingly fresh on the nose, with heady aromatics of green pea, asparagus and flinty, grey mineral. Zippy and spritzy on the palate, vibrantly fresh with lime and lemon zest, laced with a cut green grass note and braced by a focused, precise acidity.