HIDDEN HEROES OF THE WINE WORLD – LESSER KNOWN GRAPE VARIETIES

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We’re proud that the Zero Waste wine list showcases lesser known grape varieties as well as our perennial favourites (hello Sauvignons!). Varieties such as Xarel.lo, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot offer approachable, brilliantly food friendly styles with real depth of character, all whilst offering an unusual talking point for you and your customer. Our consumers want to learn and expand their wine repertoire, safe in the knowledge that it’s not a risky choice; we feel these wines offer the perfect balance to tick both boxes:

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RODRIGO MARTIN’S ARTISAN TOURIGA NACIONAL – Quinta dos Capuchos, Lisboa, Portugal

RODRIGO MARTIN’S TOURIGA NACIONAL

A hero in the Duoro, the heartland of Port wines, the Touriga Nacional grape is now gaining acclaim as a single varietal. It has surprisingly few plantings, far outstripped by its less complex brothers Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz (also known as Tempranillo), but where it is grown it brings fresh acidity, stunning concentration of fruit and ageing potential, ideal for top quality wine production.

ALEX VIRGILI’S ORGANIC XAREL.LO – Casa Berger, Penedès, Spain

Xarel.lo is the pride of Penedès as one of the key grapes used in Cava, but deserves to be singled out as a monovarietal. Its unusual Catalan name is enough of a standout, but the wonderfully fresh fennel and gooseberry notes make it a brilliant choice for those bored of the same old Sauvignon Blanc.

LORENZO ZONIN’S PETIT VERDOT – Podere San Cristoforo, Maremma Toscana

LORENZO ZONIN’S PETIT VERDOT

Usually a supporting grape to big-hitters Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot Bordeaux, Petit Verdot absolutely shines on its own. It needs long sunshine hours to ripen to its full black plum, cherry and violet scented potential. Luckily every sip of this spirited French grape shows that trademark Tuscan sunshine in spades.