Top six…are you getting some?

Here’s what’s going down at OAK N4. Three reds and three whites that have become the most popular from our ‘Wines by the glass’ list. Citrussy, bone dry or nutty, rounded whites. Spicy plum, ruby red and velvety finished reds.

To begin, let’s check out the reds.

Spanish Castillo de Jumilla from eastern Spain is heavily pregnant with ripened red fruit. Cherry and blackberry aromas combine with balanced, smooth tannins and a pleasingly spicy finish. Perfect for lamb, roast beef and hearty casseroles. Because, let’s face it, you’re not about to get the BBQ out just yet?

Then comes this Fantini Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from the fabulous Farnese flagship winery on the Adriatic at the northern end of the Abruzzo. Taste the clay and limestone soil in this bright, garnet red with its fruity, floral notes, richly spiced with soft tannin. You can almost feel the heat on your back as the sun goes down across the water.

Or challenge your senses with this Carmenere, an old variety from Bordeaux but grown here in the new world of Colchagua in the Central Valley Region of Chile. This Adobe Reserva Carmenere is a purplish red, with outstanding plum and redcurrant aromas and a velvety, persistent and highly enjoyable finish. Now this would be good with a BBQ – should the chance present itself – but also perfect with pasta with a meat sauce or strong cheese.

Now for our threesome of whites.

Chile again and this Novas Gran Reserva Viognier is pure love in a cold climate. The Casablanca Valley – near Valparaiso – is from the coast cooled by the Humboldt Current. This is golden yellow, sweetly floral on the nose with notes of white peach, honey and gooseberry. 2014 was a dry year with a hot summer here which created this lush and exotic Viognier. Great with grilled salmon or creamy pasta.

Now to Italy and the gently rolling and terraced hills of Friuli Colli Orientali below the pre-Alps and above Venice comes this delightful white from wine-maker Graziano Specogna. It’s a beautiful wine just to look at in the glass, golden yellow with youthful emerald hues. In the mouth you get citrus fruit, almonds, walnuts and hint of white peach. So lovely, 100% Friulano grape and the perfect accompaniment to a rustic and robust Montasio cheese tart.

And lastly, here’s a wine that many of our customers have been raving about.  From the sharply terraced slopes of Pieros north-west of Valladolid in Spain comes Godelia Blanco, a blend of Godello and Dona Bianca. This is complex, straw-coloured with a creamy roundness. Rain-washed hot white stone on the nose with light notes of citrus and fennel. Ideal with a little Pecorino cheese that you may have hidden within your raiment as you near the end of the Santiago de Compostela trail perhaps? Or make the easier pilgrimage to OAK N4 instead.

See you there!

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