Aromatic whites

Key notes: Aromas are the defining feature of this category; the sweetness or body of these wines may vary.

Typical aromas and flavours: Often floral; honeysuckle, jasmine, rose for example. Minerality comes through as a sense of sniffing pebbles. Fruit can be tropical, citrus and sometimes a 'sweetshop' fiesta of Turkish delight, lemon sherbet and rosy apples.

Structure: These wines may vary in 'weight' and dryness, but intensity of aroma and flavour is evident. Texture – can be oily, grainy, mineral.

Examples of 'Scratch 'n' Sniff' whites: Rieslings, Grüner Veltliners, Gewürztraminers, Torrontes, Viognier, Albariños, some Pinot Gris wines, some Sauvignon Blancs.

Circus 2013 Torrontes 750ml

$17.30

Inviting aromas of fresh peach, flowers, and orange citrus fruit. The  palate has great structure and acidity to it, along with enticing fresh orchard fruit flavours that keep you coming back wanting more.  For a wine with this sort of delicacy...

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Cono Sur 2015 Riesling 750ml

$12.09

Clean cut notes of lime and grapefruit, mingled with distinct minerality and characteristic balance and length, mark this as a classic. Drink now as an apéritif or with cold meats.

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Casal Garcia Vinho Verde 750ml

$11.49

Overview: One of a handful of wines to have appeared in all three editions of The Wine Trials, Casal Garcia continues to produce inexpensive, bright, summery wines. Don’t be afraid to serve this bottle at a colder temperature than...

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Dr. Pauly Bergweiler 2014 Riesling 750ml

$27.74

Spectacularly concentrated flavours, yet not heavy and, bonus, is light in alcohol. Yes, you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to German Riesling. (Though pair this zesty white wine with dishes that have a touch of sweetness like glazed ham...

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Alban 2013 Central Coast Viognier 750ml

$47.74

Alban Winery starting in 1989 by John Alban who happens to be a true Rhone Ranger, focuses his emphasis on Rhone Valley blends and varietals. The winery is located in Edna Valley, near Arroyo Grande in the southern corner of San Luis Obispo County.The...

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Domaine Albert Mann 2013 Riesling Rosenberg 750ml

$67.74

"From the clay-limestone vineyard in Wettolsheim, this lieu-dit is of quality that rivals most Grand Crus. The nose is expressive and lively and is marked by exotic aromas of passionfruit and quince. On the palate, there is lively acidity which is...

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Loimer 2015 Riesling Langenlois 750ml

$39.04

  Fresh lime and apple are tinged with fresh ginger and lime zest on a pungent nose and juicy, snappy yet polished palate. The invigorating, mouthwatering finish introduces crystalline mineral impingements to complement the incisive, zesty...

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Sans Liege 2014 Cotes du Coast White 750ml

$35.95

Mouthwatering lemon notes accent the peach and dried apricot flavors. Fleshy and spicy, with honeysuckle and chamomile details lingering on the long, expressive finish. Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne. Drink now. 400 cases made. Score:...

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Weingut Stadt Krems 2015 Riesling Steinterrassen 750ml

$30.34

Apple and lime inform a sharply pungent nose and a firm, brightly juicy palate. There is a faintly grassy aura here, suggesting the influence of younger vines picked early. But the sustained finish offers tangy invigoration and ample refreshment. --David...

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