Tim Atkin | Master of Wine

Tim’s Tasting Notes


2016 Nord Est Vermentino, Sardinia

£8.99, 12.5%, Co-op; Majestic; Wine Rack; Berry Bros; Wine Rack; Wimbledon Wine Cellars; Cambridge Wine Merchant;

Vermentino is one of the great Mediterranean white grapes, retaining acidity when other varieties have gone as soft as a tired mattress. This lovely unoaked example has notes of lemon peel and aromatic herbs with good weight and texture and classic Vermentino crunch. 





2012 Melis Iocalia Vermentino di Sardegna, Sardegna

£8.50, 13.5%, The Wine Society

A crisp, fruity, aromatic quaffer from Sardinia, with appelaing acidity, some boiled sweets on the nose and flavours of fennel, stone fruit and citrus. Very summery. 





2012 Chartreuse de Mourgères Le Pèlerin Blanc, Pays de Caux

£6.25, 12.5%, The Wine Society

The grapes for this blend of Sauvignon, Vermentino and a hint of grapey Muscat come from land formerly owned by a Carthusian monastery in the Languedoc. It's certainly an unusual wine with notes of wild herbs and flowers and a slight sweetness that reminds you of acacia honey. The Muscat adds an oily richness to the crisp frame.





2012 Santadi Villa Solais Vermentino, Sardegna

£10.95, 13%, Great Western Wines

I'm a huge fan of Vermentino wherever it's grown, but this Sardinian example is a total bargain. It's ripe and spicy, with plenty of colour as well as notes of fresh straw, pear and aniseed, a bitter, nutty undertone and refreshing acidity. Superb value at under £11. 





2011 Domaine Les Yeuses Vermentino, IGP Pays d'Oc, Languedoc-Roussillon

£6.50, 13%, Lea & Sandeman

Vermentino, or Rolle, is one of those grapes that should be more widely planted, partly because it retains acidity and freshness in warm climates, but also because it has plenty of flavour. This is typical of the variety, and at a very appealing price: orange peel and citrus zest with an undertone of Mediterranean herbs and a tangy aftertaste. Perfect for the last few days of summer. 





2010 Domaine de la Bastide "Abondance", IGP Hauterive

£9.95, 12.5%, Lea & Sandeman

A delicious, unoaked blend of two under-rated Mediterranean varieties, Roussanne (80%) and Vermentino (20%) from a little known area in the Languedoc. It's fresh and tangy with notes of wet stone, green olive, fresh herbs, stone fruit and lemon peel. Crisp and refreshing but with underlying weight and concentration in reserve.