May Wines of the Month: Clip do Monte da Vaia Loureiro 2012 & Tamar Ridge Kayena Pinot Noir 2010
Sunshine at last and on a Bank Holiday – the hottest, sunniest day of the year so far. Ironically, when the real thing was available in abundance, we’d booked into the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery for a much-needed vitamin D fix!
In the fervent hope that this fine weather lasts, here are two wines which smack of summer.
Clip do Monte da Vaia Loureiro 2012 (Vinho Verde)
With Alvarinho, the Loureiro grape makes stand out Vinho Verdes. This fruit-focused beauty is a bell clear expression of Loureiro. As you’d expect from this grape, it’s gently floral, with juicy flesh (succulent melon) to its (mineral and citrus striated) bones. Ripe, round and fruity but refreshing and saltily mineral, this is a really drinkable but complex Vinho Verde. 11% abv (As yet no UK importer; meantime great examples available in the UK include wines from Quinta do Ameal, Anselmo Mendes, Aphros, Niepoort & L’Alr).
Tamar Ridge Kayena Pinot Noir 2010 (Tamar Valley, Tasmania)
I first tasted this blend of several Pinot Noir clones at the estate last year following a clone-themed tasting. Just over a year later, it’s really come out of its shell. An elegant Pinot silky of tannin and very Tassie and very 2010 in its vibrancy. It reveals crunchy, juicy red fruits with a lick of five spice. Would be terrific with grilled salmon or tuna. Bring on the BBQ! 14% £17.49 at Noel Young