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5 Exceptional Wines Grown a Stone’s Throw From the Sea

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille 2020

Today we turn our attention to some of the incredible coastal and nautical themed wines that grace our glasses. Considering the sheer amount of ocean covering the planet, it’s not difficult to find some pretty fabulous examples, so let’s delve in!

Tenuta Belguardo, Mazzei’s Maremma Estate 2017

Tenuta Belguardo, Mazzei’s Maremma Estate 2017

The Mazzei family have been producing some of Italy’s most sensational wines for decades. In the 1990s they added this incredible estate to their portfolio. Located in the heart of the Maremma between the Grosseto and Montiano hills it is just 10km from the ocean. This proximity gives a crucial microclimate impacting the 60 hectares of vines including the Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc used to create this beauty. Ripe red fruits intertwine with blackberry spice, dark chocolate and a beautifully long perfumed finish.

£41, available at Tannico (sign up for members only deals), or £46, available at Mazzei Wine Club.

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille 2020

Domaines Ott Clos Mireille 2020

This is without question one of the best rosé wines in existence, hailing from the renowned soils of Provence; a stone’s throw away from the Mediterranean Sea. The ancient land these vines grow upon consist of a combination of schists and clays, not limestone.

This, alongside the constant sea spray, creates a rosé with so much distinct texture and character, once you try it, you’ll never turn back. Fresh and fruity with incredibly rich characteristics of peach, apricot and strawberry. This zesty exotic dream will burst across your tastebuds, leaving a finishing strike on the palate that is hard to beat. A crunchy summer fruit delight.

£33, available at Jeroboams.

Klein Constantia Block 382 Sauvignon Blanc 2019

Klein Constantia Block 382 Sauvignon Blanc 2019

It’s not that often you get an older vintage Sauvignon Blanc as most people think they should be consumed quickly – but when done correctly, they can be absolutely breathtaking. Klein Constantia is yet another example of how South Africa is creating some game-changing wines and their Block 382 is a powerhouse of flavour and creativity.

This single vineyard gem is packed full of complex layers of flavour. Everything from blackcurrant and ripe tangerines to a citrus burst that flows across your taste buds. There’s so much weight and density to this white given it has been left on the gross lees before being aged for eight months in 500 litre barrels. Truly outstanding.

£49, available at Vivino.

Le Serre Nuove Dell’Ornellaia 2018

Le Serre Nuove Dell’Ornellaia 2018

Hailing from one of the most famous estates in Tuscany, Ornellaia needs no introduction. The winery sits just a few kilometres from the Mediterranean coastline, nestled in the foothills near Bolgheri. During the summer months, the cool sea breeze caresses the vineyards and nearby olive groves, while during the winter the hills provide protection from the cold north winds.

The distinct marine, alluvial and volcanic soils all have a tremendous impact on what ends up in the bottle, inspired by the beauty of their first label, Le Serre Nuove is an irresistible dark fruit dream. A massively aromatic complexity sits on the nose with blackberries, raspberry, red cherry and a spicy pink pepper. Incredible tannic structure and balance come together upon tasting with dense dark fruits smothering your palate before a crisp savory finish. Boom.

£59, available at Harvey Nichols.

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2020

Planted in 1979, three acres of 38-yearold Chardonnay vines are responsible for creating this beauty. They took a Californian derived clone with its roots in the mists of Mersault, all the way to Picadilly Valley in the heart of the Adelaide Hills. Today it’s quite possible that this is one of the best Chardonnay expressions coming out of Australia. The 1,600 million year-old Calc-silicate parent-rock of the soil plays a major part in its expression. Ripe and fresh nectarine and apricot burst across the palate, followed by peach and fig. Upon taking a sip you’ll notice the subtle complexity of the oak alongside a vanilla toast and brioche. Lees ageing gives it an incredible mouthfeel, honing in on what we love about quality-driven chardonnays. Complexity and texture are everything here and it is seriously impressive.

£52, available at Vivino.

About the author

Aidy Smith

Aidy Smith is a wine and spirits personality and one of the presenter trio behind Amazon Prime TV Series, The Three Drinkers. In better times, he is often found scouring the globe for his next tipple. It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it. You can follow his adventures on Instagram at @sypped.

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