Robust flavours, great depth and a capturing intensity – this is the essence of textural wines, which we can break down to hundreds of mouth-watering expressions. In the white wine world, Viognier, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Marsanne are the first to come to mind - more opulent, fleshy varieties capable of producing multi-dimensional wines with added palate weight and density.

We have chosen a range of our wines, which we believe demonstrates
that perfect ‘texture’.

 

Cristom Vineyards Estate Viognier 2015

Directly from the cool slopes of Oregon, this is a pure, nearly textbook example of a great Viognier – rich, aromatic, slightly viscous on the palate. With a white flower bouquet redolent of honeysuckle and jasmine, barely perceptible sugar and a creamy mouth-feel from the partial malolactic fermentation and sur-lees aging, this is a highly appealing and serious food wine. A superstar of the white wine world.

£28.95 per bottle

 

Stolpman Vineyards Estate Roussanne 2015

Layer upon layer of honey, honeysuckle, peaches, apricots, marmalade and butter notes, which cover every facet of your palate. This deeply concentrated yet vibrant wine is one the most mesmerizing versions we have sampled from Stolpman. In fact, and as we declared with the inaugural 2013, this is without a doubt the best US Roussanne money can buy at this price and in the context of value, this is truly world-class...

£25.95 per bottle

 

Stolpman Vineyards L'Avion Roussanne 2014

Full-bodied and a step up in concentration levels compared to the Estate. The 2014 L’Avion is a remarkable wine and offers the same levels of richness found with Château Beaucastel’s Roussanne Vieilles Vignes. Lots of minerality, fruit, acidity and a finish which lasts for well over five minutes. In short, this is an extraordinary wine, perfectly proportioned which will offer you a rare glimpse of something very, very special.

£44.50 per bottle




Robert Oatley The Pennant Chardonnay 2012

98+ Points Stuart McCloskey - Robert’s 2010 was one of my standout wines of 2017 however, the 2012’s incisiveness and energy gives it the edge for me, which is quite a thrill. The wine needs decanting and opens beautifully in the glass with a stunningly complex nose. Perhaps the maritime climate of Margaret River has captured the very essence of marine life with oyster shell clearly evident on the nose. There is an incredible purity and laser-like focus without losing sense of presence or weight. I would argue the wine's greatest component is its intellect and sense of balance which I rarely come across outside of (great) Burgundy. This is magnificent and a benchmark to all producers in the great Margaret River. Drinking now to 2022.

£27.95 per bottle

 

Chanin Wines Sanford & Benedict
Chardonnay 2014

99 Points - Stuart McCloskey "Almost a repeat of my introduction from the 2013 vintage - “In short, this is one of the most astonishing Chardonnays which I have enjoyed for many years”,  however the 2014 just eclipses the stunning 2013. A difficult wine to describe as superlatives do little, if any justice. Incredibly graceful, almost a weightless elegance, feminine, magnificently detailed bouquet which expresses minerality like no other US chardonnay. The palate is developing all the time with a core of minerality. Presently, this is a wine that is all about finesse and elegance, as flavours will develop with a little more bottle age. Utterly magnificent! (Please decant)."

£40.50 per bottle

 

Shaw and Smith Lenswood Chardonnay 2014

97 Points – James Suckling "This is a very attractive and deceptively powerful chardonnay from a high-altitude site (500m) and one that delivers a latent, smouldering depth on the nose. Toasty, hazelnut-like oak breathes up through flinty complexity and a wealth of white peaches, melon, limes and grapefruit. The palate's super taut, really succulent and powerful, holding this thing tight for start to finish. Electrifying tension to this wine; new heights have been reached. Drink now to 2020+. 180 dozen produced."

£47.95 per bottle

 

Errazuriz Las Pizarras Chardonnay 2015

98 Points - James Suckling "The structure and length of this white highlights its greatness. Full body, yet tight and structured with a superb linear backbone of ripe fruit and fine phenolic tension. Cream, stone, flint and apple. All about refined texture."

£51.25 per bottle

 

Chapoutier Ermitage Le Meal Blanc 2014

97 Points - Jeb Dunnock (erobertparker.com) "Similar in style to the hedonistically-styled Cuvee de l’Orée (especially when compared to the structured, mineral-laced l’Ermite), the 2014 Ermitage le Méal Blanc (aged in 10% new demi-muids) offers layers of celery seed, brioche, caramelized pineapple and citrus oil on the nose. Thick, rich, voluptuous and full bodied with a massive finish, drink this sensational white anytime over the coming two to three decades."

£110.00 per bottle

 

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay 2013

97 Points - Stuart McCloskey "The 2013 is a beautiful and well endowed Chardonnay. Rich, buttery pastry (a touch of crème pat / crème brulée) coats the palate. This is quite simply the richest chardonnay I have come across in a very long time, yet displaying incredibly ethereal elegance. I love the notes honeysuckle, poached pear with a little citrus underpinning the evocative mouthfeel. This is a magnificent Chardonnay which drinks amazingly well now but has the quality and structure to last another 6-8 years."

94 Points - Antonio Galloni "Beringer's 2013 Chardonnay Private Reserve emerges from Gamble Ranch in Oakville. Classy, polished and restrained, the 2013 is absolutely superb. Above all else, the 2013 is a wine of finesse. Hints of pastry, baked apple and spices are woven into the super-expressive, oily finish."

£37.95 per bottle

 

Flowstone Museum Vertical 
Queen of the Earth Chardonnay

Try these stunning Chardonnay's in one mixed case. 

1 x 2014  96 Points
1 x 2013  97 Points
1 x 2012  96 Points
1 x 2011  97 Points
1 x 2009  97 Points

All scores by James Halliday

£167.75 per case

 

Flowstone Museum Vertical  
Estate Chardonnay

Try these stunning Chardonnay's in one mixed case. 

1 x 2013  96 Points
1 x 2012  94 Points
1 x 2011  96 Points
1 x 2010  96 Points

All scores by James Halliday

£93.80 per case