By Rose Murray Brown MW   Published in The Scotsman 23 July 2016

Every month our wine shelves are bulging with new wines, but it is hard to know which to pick.  To help out I have picked out favourites from the latest list of ‘new finds’.

From unusual grapes like a Turkish Kalecik Karasi to Spanish Albarino planted down-under in New Zealand – this week I have unearthed interesting surprises from across the world.  From popular classic white and red Burgundies to an unusual Portuguese red blend and Chilean Carmenere – check out my Top Twelve for ‘new’ summer tastes and flavours – all under £15:

Oddbins Macon Villages Burgundy reviewed by Rose Murray Brown MWBurgundy, France:  MACON VILLAGES VIEILLES VIGNES 2015 Potel Aviron   ***STAR BUY***
(£12.50 Oddbins)

Excellent new white Burgundy in Oddbins, from Nicolas Potel and Stephane Aviron who joined forces just 15 years ago.  White flowers and peach notes, rich zesty citric palate with great depth of fruit concentration for the price; Potel Aviron use traditional fermentation methods, reflected in the complexity and length of flavour.  One of the best Macon Villages I have tasted recently: 14%

Burgenland, Austria:  ESTORAS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2015 Esterhazy

Juicy fresh curranty Sauvignon Blanc described as Sancerre without the price tag.  It is certainly sleek and gooseberry-toned, but it doesn’t quite have acidity and minerality you get in the Loire.  Instead think riper and more exotic fruit.  From modern Esterhazy winery in Eisenstadt, originally established by the family who employed Haydn for 30 years as court composer: 13%

Peter Lehmann Layers White Blend wine review by Rose Murray Brown MWBarossa, Australia:  PETER LEHMANN LAYERS 2014   ***STAR BUY***
(£10.99 Henderson Wines; Fine Wine Company, Edinburgh)

Our tasters picked this for star status because of its suitability for summer garden quaffing (check out its moderate alcohol), exotic aromas and creamy honeyed palate.  An unusual Barossa blend of Semillon, Gewurztraminer, Moscato and Pinot Gris: 11%        

Clare Valley, Australia:  AXIS CLARE VALLEY RIESLING 2015
(£5.99 Lidl)

I have often written about Aldi’s Clare Riesling, but now Lidl have picked a winning bargain with its limey blossomy aromas, just off-dryness, succulent ripeness and tangy acidity.  Not always easy to find Lidl wines in each store sadly: 12%

Gisborne, New Zealand:  LEFT FIELD ALBARINO 2015 Te Awa   ***STAR BUY***
(£10.99 – £14 Ellies Cellar, Dollar/Auchterarder/Crieff/Perth/Helensburgh; Oxford Wine Co; Cambridge Wine Co; Wine Reserve; NZ House of Wine)

Our tasters loved this impressive new effort from Te Awa.  Spain’s highly acidic Albarino grape has been tamed and ripened in New Zealand’s most easterly vineyards with good success.  Expect zesty citric fruits, firm acidity and textural mouthfilling flavours: 13.5%

Left Field Albarino wine review by Rose Murray Brown MWRhone, France:  COTES DU RHONE VILLAGES LAUDUN BLANC 2015 Pierre Henri Morel
(£9.99 Majestic Wine)

Pierre Henri Morel went into partnership with well-known vigneron Michel Chapoutier back in 2008 purchasing a new domaine.  Our tasters loved their weighty white Rhone with its peachy, apricot, aniseed and white pepper notes in this blend dominated by the Grenache Blanc grape: 14%

Marlborough, New Zealand:  GIBSON BRIDGE PINOT GRIS RESERVE 2014
(£15 Berry Bros & Rudd

Growers Howard and Julie Simmonds focus on red grapes like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Syrah at their boutique vineyard, but their passion for rich spicy whites is obvious with this delicious Alsatian-style spicy creamy Pinot Gris.  Typical Marlborough ripe fruit and vibrant fresh tangy acidity; interesting refreshing take on weighty Pinot Gris: 13%


Oddbins Bourgogne Pinot Noir reviewed by Rose Murray Brown MWBurgundy, France:  BOURGOGNE LAFORET PINOT NOIR 2013 Joseph Drouhin   ***STAR BUY***
(£13 Oddbins)

Another new Oddbins listing from reputable negociants Joseph Drouhin, made by daughter Veronique who blends fruit from Cote Chalonnaise for ripeness with Cote d’Or adding depth, part aged in old barriques to enhance complexity. Redcurrant and raspberry notes, succulent fruit ripeness and light soft tannins; easy to drink on its own – and easy to open with stylish screwcap: 12.5%

(£14.99 Lidl)

Quite a price for Lidl, but they are making efforts to draw in Francophiles in search of bargains.  Sweetly fruited plummy Merlot, a touch too oaky, but a decent price for this appellation: 12.5%

Anatolia, Turkey:  KAYRA KALECIK KARASI 2014
(£12.39 Strictly Wine; Great Wines Direct)

This reminded tasters of Beaujolais with its cherry fruit, soft tannins and bright acidity; made from Kalecik Karasi by Californian winemaker Daniel O’Donnell who has been experimenting with macerating techniques to tame Turkey’s native grape: 14%

Root 1 Carmenere reviewed by Rose Murray Brown MWColchagua, Chile:  ‘ROOT 1’ CARMENERE 2014 Ventisquero   ***STAR BUY***
(£8 Morrisons)      
Our tasters loved this robust spicy peppery Carmenere (with 15% Syrah) grown from ungrafted European vines.  Full bodied, juicy, plummy, baked fruit, smoothly tannic with a warm spicy finish.  Good value barbeque red: 13.5%

Lisbon, Portugal:  ARTOLAS 2014 Adegas Galegas
(£9 Vino Wine Shops, Edinburgh)

Antonio Mendes Lopes dedicated this wine to his father and grandfather, whose trademark moustache, bowler hat and glasses are the main feature on the label.  Local grapes Castelao, Tinta Roriz and Trincadeira Preta grown 30 km from the Atlantic make up this earthy spicy red blend: 13%

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