If you are looking for scented whites this spring—

Spring is round the corner, and it’s time to crack open the scented whites. While some grapes such as Gewürztraminer and Torrontes have the aromatic impact of a ram raid on the Duty Free perfume counter, others are more subtle.

Yet these are the wines that are often overlooked. Take Viognier. It deserves far more acclaim for its gorgeous apricot-peach blossom loveliness. And it happens to be an immense pairing with chicken korma – grab Domaine Saint Ferreol Viognier 2017 (13%) at Majestic, from £12.99.

English Bacchus is another wine that rocks my world, with its spring-like aroma of elderflower and ravishing refreshment. Chapel Down, Flint Vineyard, Camel Valley, New Hall all produce good British examples, or grab the Exquisite Collection Lyme Block 2018 (12%) from Aldi for £9.99.

OLLY’S PICK OF THE BUNCH

Cascina Valentino Roero Arneis 2016 (13.5%) £7.50* Asda. Peachy and fragrant, grab this unmissable excellence from Italy. (*Until 15th April).

Bin #004 Furmint 2011 (13.5%) £8.50 The Wine Society. Scarce! Buy fast for unusual hay and chamomile fragrance.

Taste the Difference Gewurztraminer 2018 (13.5%) £9 Sainsbury’s. Full throttle flower power, think roses in bloom.

Chapel Down Bacchus 2018 (12%) £14.99 Waitrose. A big name British beauty.

WINE OF THE WEEK

Pazo Tirzon Ribiero 2018 (13.5%) £13.99* Majestic. Stunning Spanish white, buy at once for delicious scented splendour. (*Mix Six price, In-store only).

This column was originally published in EVENT Magazine, Mail on Sunday, 1st March 2020

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