Last week, Louis Latour Agencies brought its annual portfolio tasting to the OXO Tower, showcasing the selection of wines and cognacs in its range. We braved a sea of eager tasters to select the bottles that impressed us most
Château des Reyssiers Régnié 2016, Beaujolais
The fruit for this fun and uncomplicated label comes from 40-year-old vines that sit on a granitic bedrock at an altitude of 260m. The resulting wine puts a smile on your face, with its fresh acidity and crushed red berry notes. There’s enough tannin to support a light meat dish, but this is perfectly good on its own, ideally lightly chilled.
La Pettegola Toscana IGT 2017, Tuscany
A totally new wine from leading Tuscan name Castello Banfi, this is made with 100% Vermentino grapes from the southern Maremma region.
La Pettegola is a beautifully aromatic white with great acidic structure. The aroma is elegant, dominated by floral and tropical fruit notes, while on the palate there is a touch of spiciness and a hint of Mediterranean herbs. This makes for a perfect pour by the glass.
Seresin Estate Chiaroscuro 2018, Marlborough
Chiaroscuro used to be a Chardonnay-based wine, but the 2018 vintage is a completely different beast, taking inspiration from a classic Alsatian blend of Riesling (55%), Pinot Gris (37%) and Gewürztraminer (8%).
All the fruit was hand-harvested and whole-bunch-pressed, then co-fermented with wild yeast in old wooden barrels of different sizes. After three months of long, slow fermentation and occasional lees stirring, the result is a multi-layered, rich and textural wine. On the nose it shows plenty of fruity and citrus notes such as lime zest and lychee, with hints of white peppercorn and orange blossom. The palate is vibrant and well structured, leading to a long, nutty finish.
McHenry Hohnen Hazel’s Single Vineyard Syrah 2017, Margaret River
Another new wine in Louis Latour’s portfolio is this surprisingly elegant and light Syrah. Made with fruit from a vineyard located in the southern part of Margaret River, this wine benefits from a long, never-too-hot growing season, which helps it to retain acidity and develop its delicate floral bouquet.
A black pepper note is complemented by scents of violets, lavender and lilac. A hint of smoke comes through on the palate, and the finish is refreshingly clean.
Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2015, Clare Valley
While McHenry Hohnen’s Syrah was light and delicate, Wakefield’s interpretation shows the opposite side of the variety’s coin. This Shiraz, made at Wakefield’s St Andrews property, is deep, dark and full bodied.
The newly released 2015 vintage has a rich bouquet of dark berry fruit, juicy plums and roasted coffee. On the palate there’s the added complexity of dark berries, cedar oak, spices and liquorice, and a crisp acidity keeps the whole fresh and lively.