Two fairly serious, rich white wines to report on.
First, Emmerich Knoll Loibner Schutt Gruner Veltliner Smaragd 2002 Wachau, Austria. [Don't you just love the label?] This is a textbook Gruner from one of my favourite Austrian producers, with a full melony nose displaying a delicious trademark white pepper edge. In the mouth it's smooth and rich with broad melony fruit. Youthful and fruity at the moment, but it will age nicely. I scored this at 92, for what it's worth. I bought this for £22 from Selfridges.
Second, tonight's tipple is a high-end Spanish white that retails for £18.50. You don't get many of these...Spain is normally thought of as red wine territory, what, with all that sun an' all. It's the Mas d'en Compte 2004 Porrera, Priorat, Spain. I have no knowledge of the varietal composition, but it tastes like a cross between Viognier, Chardonnay and Roussanne. It's a remarkable full-flavoured white of complexity and power, showing a nice balance between the fat, thick-textured tropical fruit and the spicy oak. There's great concentration here, but also a degree of freshness, and some minerality, too. Delicious and compelling, though I suspect early drinking might be in order. I gave this 93. Available from Jeroboams/Laytons, Weavers of Nottingham and Peake Wines.