Three interesting whites: LAM, Gramona Ovum and Montinore Borealis

gramona ovum

We tasted quite a few wines at the Tampere Wine Symposium, and one of the highlights was this flight of three whites. These aren’t expensive wines, but they’re really compelling and delicious.

Gramona Ovum Xarel-lo 2013 Catalunya, Spain
From a 4 hectare vineyard, fermented and aged in concrete eggs and amphorae. Lovely complex wine with nuts, lively citrus, spice and minerals. Has a nice stony quality in the mouth, and some exotic citrus, pear and melon fruity notes. Quite serious. 93/100

LAM 2012

Lammerschoek LAM 2012 Swartland, South Africa
This affordable, naturally made Swartland white is quite delicious, and it’s just 10.5% alcohol. Lovely nose: peach, pears, mineral/matchstick notes, fine citrus too. Very high acid palate with lovely spicy, lemony core. Such precision: really detailed and alive, with a bit of apple and a tangy finish to it. Lambic notes! 93/100


Montinore Estate Borealis 2012 Willamette Valley, Oregon
This biodynamic Oregon white is a blend of Muller Thurgau, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Textured, rich, very exotic with lovey ripe melon, peach and grape notes. Has some sweetness and depth to it. Beautiful balance. 91/100

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