It’s time to put away the heavy reds for awhile and enjoy wines of a lighter, crisper and more refreshing nature. If you’re staying at the Chalet at 11º East, you’ll have free reign to try any of the wines on our list included in your stay. Navigating the various labels and varieties can be tricky so we have put together a selection of our favourite whites for warm weather. Enjoy!
Bodegas Larchago ‘Lagar de Indra’ Albarino 2013, Rias Baixas, Spain
Bodegas Larchago is a fourth generation winemaking family company who have owned and tended their own vineyards in Spain since 1882. They have seen much success with the Lagar de Indra Albarino, which has gained much acclaim at international wine competitions. The 2013 shows aromas of flowers, grapefruit and pear lead to a crisp and refreshing palate. Bright acidity and pure fruit concentration of lemon, lime, grapefruit, quince and mingle with pithy texture and a green apple finish. This is a perfect summer-time wine to enjoy on the patio!
Alois Lageder ‘Gaun’ Chardonnay 2013, Alto Adige, Italy
In the village of Magrè, at the southern end of the Alto Adige, Alois Lageder creates beautiful wines made from classic grape varieties. This Chardonnay is made from 100% organic grapes from vineyards that were farmed with biodynamic methods of viticulture. In the winery, the wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fresh and fruity character. Following fermentation, a 6 month period of lees contact is carried out to give the wine a richer, creamier mouthfeel and additional complexity. The resulting wine is loaded with flavour without being influenced by oak. The palate is full-bodied and textural, with fresh acidity and flavours of tropical fruit, citrus, red apple skin and cream.
Maison Laporte ‘Les Duchesses’ Pouilly-Fumé 2012, Loire Valley, France
The Laporte Estate has been making high quality, hand-crafted wines in France’s Loire Valley for several generations. These Pouilly-Fumé grapes are grown in the village of Les Loges, where the soils are a mixture of limestone and flint and the sunshine is plentiful. In order to preserve the fresh and lively character of this wine, the fermentation and ageing takes place in stainless steel with no oak contact. The resulting wine is fresh and vibrant, with racy acidity and flavours of citrus, quince, flint and mineral.
Jermann Pinot Grigio 2013, Fruili Venezia Giulia, Italy
The Jermann family began their wine-growing tradition back in 1881 in Burgenland, Austria, later moved to the Slovenian countryside and have now put down roots in the Friuli Venezia Giulia region of Italy. Having been in the wine business for a long time, their experience certainly shines through with this Pinot Grigio. The nose opens with delicate citrus notes and ripe pear. On the palate you’ll find flavours of juicy apple, lemon, lime, and grapefruit intertwined with white peach.
Ruinart ‘R’ de Ruinart Brut NV, Champagne, France
This Champagne is the epitome of elegance with its fine mousse, delicate aromas and crisp palate. A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 55% Pinot Noir and 5% Pinot Meunier brings a balance of fresh acidity and textural roundness to the palate. Flavours of pastry, hazelnut and dried fruits are seamlessly fused with crunchy pear and green apple.