Shades of White: Lesser-Known Whites You Should Try
White wines are the go-to cooling drink for us during warm weather. A glass or two of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, or Sauvignon Blanc is the conventional drink for many, but there’s more to refreshing whites than the Big Three.
Before you head on over to the local supermarket to purchase your regular white, why not try something new. Here are some of our recommendations:
Jed Steele Shooting Star Aligoté
The Shooting Star Aligoté is a versatile white from the Steele Wines estate that can pair with a lot of food, even desserts. This wine features a crisp citrusy flavor with the perfect balance of fruit and acidity. It also has a flinty smell with a hint of a florals and is fermented using old oak barrels, making it one of the best non-Burgundian Aligoté.
Ontañón Vetiver Blanco Viura
The Ontañón Vetiver Blanco Viura is made of 100% Viera grapes, a varietal indigenous to Rioja. It is also known in other areas as Macabeo.
The wine is aged for approximately six months in oak barrels and another six months inside the bottle before its release. This wine is known for its taste reminiscent of grapefruit, and a hit of white pepper and toast. Overall, it is a well balanced blend with natural acidity that can be paired with most food.
Dobogó Furmint Dry White
The Furmint is a dry white wine with a distinct light golden yellow colour under the Dobogó brand of The Winebow Group. This big bodied wine has hints of vanilla, with pear, orange, peach, lime and oak on the nose.
The wine is aged in three-year old oak casks, and then in stainless steel before being aged in their bottles. This creates the right texture, creaminess, and aromas the wine is known for.
Martín Códax Albariño
This unoaked white wine from Martin Codax is produced under the stringent rules of the region DO Rias Baixas.
The blend is aromatic, dry, and elegant, and meant to be consumed young. It has a bright lemon colour with greenish reflections and has a medium intensity with a citrus aftertaste. It is best paired with white meat, seafood, and fresh cheeses.
Schloss Gobelsburg Tradition Gruner Veltliner
The Tradition Gruner Veltliner is a dry white wine from Weingut Schloss Gobelsburg. This estate’s ‘Tradition’ wines trace their history and style all the way to the early 19th century. This period featured wines made in the baroque style, where intense aromatisation was the practice in making wines.
The white has spirited fruit flavors of lime, lemon, and grapefruit with a hint of green and herbaceous flavor. It has high acidity with a bit of sweetness that goes well with Australian dishes and food rich in Asian spices.
The next time you’re longing for the refreshing taste of white wine, try something new. A not-so-popular white blend could just be the refreshing taste you’re looking for.