If you’re anything like us, there’s probably nothing you enjoy more than having a good nose around someone else’s cellar. In the latest in our ongoing series, Collective member Sara Rossi shares five of the favourites from her wine rack at one Michelin-starred Trinity restaurant in Clapham.
Chardonnay ‘Ried Sausaler Schlössl’ 2015, Wohlmuth, Burgenland, Austria
1 This is an incredible Chardonnay from Austria. It is one of my favourites, because I love the complexity of the wines with ripe yellow apples, subtle smoky and toast aromas and long finish. I have been doing this as a wine match at Trinity with Dover Sole and it works beautifully. It is also a good alternative for Burgundy lovers.
Fleurie ‘Chapelle des Bois’ 2010, Jules Desjourneys, Beaujolais, France
2 This is an excellent example of grand cru Beaujolais. It has great intensity and concentration, with crisp and refreshening red fruits aromas of strawberries and cherries. I love this wine because it has outstanding character and structure.
It needs to be drunk with food, because it has great intensity. I usually recommend grilled meat or mature cheese.
Ribolla Gialla ‘Vare Vineyard’ 2017, Arnot-Roberts, Napa Valley, California, USA
3 I love the project of Arnot-Roberts and this Ribolla Gialla comes from cuttings from Josko Gravner’s heralded vineyard in Friuli. The vineyard is farmed by Steve Mathiasson, another talented producer.
The wine shows flavours of pear and almond with a creamy texture and a long mineral finish. The project started in 2001, both of the producers have a viticulture and winemaking background. Their aim is to produce top California wines with great intensity of fruits and high levels of acidity. This gives freshness to the wines and good potential for ageing.
Their quantity is always low and they are usually on allocation.
Mâcon-Pierreclos ‘Tri de Chavigne’ 2014, Domaine Guffens-Heynen, Burgundy, France
4 One of my favourite white Burgundies off the Trinity list. Chef Adam and I are big fans of Domaine Guffens-Heynen. The wine has great complexity – smooth and slighty toasted – but also with a refreshing finish.
It is a wine for every occasion. I usually pair it with baked lemon sole, truffle cacio pepe and roasted chicken cooked in white Burgundy sauce.
(Wine also available en primeur via Millésima – pic courtesy of Millésima)
Brunello di Montalcino ‘Flauto Magico’ 2012, Paradiso di Frassina, Tuscany, Italy
5 I have always loved Brunello di Montalcino and in particular this producer. Strangely enough, I came across the winemaker, Carlo Cignozzi, by reading his book first “L’uomo che sussurrava alle vigne” (the man who was whispering to the vines)then tasting his wines.
The story behind this project is really fascinating, because the winemaker started a new approach in viticulture and the winery, where classical music plays an important part. The wine has an elegant and complex texture with fresh blackberries and dark cherries. There are also aromas of forest floor, with clove and black olives. Silky tannins, which are well balanced with the aromas and body.
It is definitely ready to drink now, but it has good potential for ageing for two decades.