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Sunday, 19 March 2017

Two Spring Aromatics

Two aromatic wines for spring - Robert Oatley and Jean-Luc Colombo

The days are getting longer, perhaps even a little warmer.

These two classy whites are textured enough for early spring and aromatic enough for lighter dishes.

Both are waxy and full with a nod to Italy - Fiano is originally from southern Italy, whilst the Vermentino (known as Rolle across the border in France) is also Italian in origin.

Both would make good picnic wines if the weather permits; otherwise match with garlic-and-herb roast pork, chicken or monkfish.

Robert Oatley Hancock & Hancock Fiano 2016 (£14.55, Luvians Bottleshop, Ann et Vin, Eynsham Cellars, Warren Wines, Amp Fine Wines) ripe, fresh  melon and pineapple fruit with a creamy nuttiness. Full and substantial.


Jean-Luc Colombo Collines de Laure Blanc 2015 (£13.85 Harrods, Campbell Moore, Evington’s, Islington Wine, Planet of the Grapes) waxy and floral with fennel aromas and fresh ripe melon and stone fruit. Full and substantial with a southern warmth.


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