Wine O’Clock Wines
The Mistress of Wine Recommends:
Domaine Saint Ferréol Viognier 2017 PGI Pays d’Oc, France
A friend of mine came for dinner in the week and brought this bottle of Viognier round with her (along with some excellent salted caramel chocolate buttons!). I hadn't enjoyed a Viognier at home for quite some time and I was reminded of how very delicious this grape variety is and this is a fantastic example; elegant with distinctive apricot and peach notes with a rounded texture and well-balanced alcohol. Unusually this had been barrel-fermented and so had additional and complexing notes of spice. Perfect with our prawns in a creamy mustard sauce.
Graham Beck ‘The Rhona’ Brut Rosé NV Robertson, South Africa
This is a really delicious Silver medal winning (from the International Wine Challenge competition) Spring fizz. Made from 58% Pinot Noir and 42% Chardonnay the colour is relatively dark for a sparkling rosé with vibrant but creamy and textured red berry fruit such as red cherries, cranberry and strawberry. Very well-balanced with an elegant mousse and a long length - at £10 this is an affordable everyday celebration drink!