Château Dereszla Dry Tokaji, Hungary 2011
Anyone who has tried the zesty marmalade-and-toffee richness of this Hungarian region’s incomparable sweet wines will know that Tokaji is capable of making great wines. Its dry (well, off-dry in this case) whites are less known, but this is well worth seeking out. Made from the furmint grape, it’s rich and round in texture and has the juicy, sweet flavours of a so-ripe-it’s-dripping pear.
De Martino Viejas Tinajas Cinsault, Itata Valley, Chile 2011
De Martino is one of Chile’s more adventurous producers, but this wine is novel even for them. It takes an unfashionable grape variety (cinsault) grown in a lesser-known southern Chilean region (Itata) and ages it in clay amphorae, rather than oak barrels. The results are delicious: a spicy, supple red with a herbal twist that is an ideal match for bangers and mash.
Black Cottage Pinot Rosé, Marlborough New Zealand 2011
Like many New Zealanders, Black Cottage winemaker David Coulston seems to be a well-travelled sort of guy, having made wine in Corsica and southern France before setting up back home. The Mediterranean influence is certainly very much apparent in this rosé, which has the pale colour, delicate raspberry fruit and fish-friendly freshness of a Provençal pink.