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This wine is a fairly no-nonsense white wine varietal derived from a Riesling crossed with the Trollinger grape (a red wine varietal). It's known for its appealing acidity and earthy nuances. Commonly grown in Italy's Alto Adige region, as well as Austria, Australia and Germany, it is a resilient, sturdy white wine grape variety.
Muller-Thurgau
This wine is a white wine grape that was thought to be a cross between a Riesling and Sylvaner grape. That theory is now under closer inspection with the advent of genetic testing and now there is decent evidence that the grape of this wine is actually a hybrid of a Riesling and Gutedel grape. This wine was developed in Germany towards the later part of the 19th century and is the namesake of the man given credit for the cross. It has a reputation for being an early ripening grape that can handle a good bit of climate variation.
Albarino
This wine is the primary white grape grown in Spain's coastal Rias Baixes wine region. It is a lovely, albeit quirky white wine grape that makes highly aromatic white wines with fantastic acidity. On the palate you will typically be able to identity apple, pear, and/or citrus nuances in Albarino based wines.
Chablis
This wine is a delicate, subtle wine with a slight sharpness to it, but the smooth neutrality of the Chardonnay smooths it considerably. A young wine of this sort is often described as having a stony demeanour, bringing to mind minerals and cool steel. A little aging goes a long way to tame the inborn metallic tones as well as the high acidity content contributed by the Chardonnay.
Marsanne
This wine gives way to a darkly coloured wine, sometimes brittle and nutty, sometimes spicy and fruity. Australian examples lean towards certain sweetness reminiscent of melons. This wine pairs a high alcohol level with low acidity, which accounts for its popularity as a blending grape and makes stand-alone wines of this sort interesting when consumed young. However, this wine is not averse to oak aging. This can add new dimensions to an otherwise bland wine, blending the tones of the wood with the natural flavours to result in a smooth, almost sweet wine.
Muscat
These wines are famously perfumed, redolent of musk, orange peel and ripe table grapes. This wine makes some of the best sweet wines, both light fizzy ones and heavy sugary ones, as well as fully dry table wines. This wine boasts a long and interesting history and although its a fussy grape that struggles to flourish, it does well in the north-eastern regions of Victoria. This wine's grapes come in many forms, from white through to deep red, but all the variations share the intense, easily recognisable aromas typical of the grape type. Its strong and deeply perfumed, typically sugary and used as a sweetener in most European wines, especially those produced in Italy.
Sake
Is a Japanese beverage fermented from rice, and although it is made in the same way as beer, it is closer to wine in form and character. It is not a distilled beverage and boasts an alcohol level of between 15% and 17%. This 'wine' is best consumed as fresh as possible and can be served warm, hot or cold depending on the drinker’s preference. Premium sake is free from additives and preservatives. There are about 65 varieties of rice designated as sake rice, and naturally some are more prized than others.
Traminer
This wine is the to the umbrella family of white grapes from which Gewurztraminer is a descendant. It is also said to be the ancestor of other popular grape varieties like Pinot Noir and Riesling. This wine has tangled history involving possible Italian and German roots. Nevertheless, today it flourishes successfully in Australia’s southern wine-producing regions. Wines produced from these wines stock tend to showcase different characteristics depending on the conditions in which the grapes are grown. Warmer climates give way to a meek wine low in acid with something of an oily texture. In cooler areas the wines emerge deeply coloured, spicy and fruity with higher levels of acid and alcohol. Almost all of these wines are best enjoyed quite young.
Verdelho
Generally, this wine is a fruity wine with a naturally high level of acidity that can be consumed young or after a short stint of aging. Young wines of this type are crisp and light, and those grown in warmer climates are redolent with hints of tropical fruit. Older wines of this type are somewhat mellower but retain the wine’s natural fruitiness.
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