A highlight is the 2018 Cellar Door Late Picked Verdelho
($22/PS12.50 a bottle), which goes delightfully with chocolate macadamia.
Today the handsome 40-acre site is neatly lined with trellised vines bound with totemic European varieties including Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Verdelho
Johnson is in charge of winemaking for Artezin, a Hess brand that produces Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and other traditional California red wines along with white Verdelho
, mostly from vineyards outside of Napa Valley.
Esk Valley Verdelho
2017 (RRP PS13.75, thewine reserve.co.uk, 14% abv) is a traditional Portuguese variety given a New Zealand twist by grapes grown in the Gimbletts Gravel region of Hawkes Bay.
Blandy's 10 year-old Verdelho
is medium dry but fresh on the nose with just a hint of spirit.
The new wine A Gradient Verdelho
(named after a mountain slope) completely took me by blissful surprise as the robust yellow fruit like mangoes and peach with hints of asparagus and floral characters greeted us with a refreshing quality that was a true example of Nikki's fast honing of her artistry and science in her wines.
Another South African producer is Kaapzicht and their Kaleidoscope White is 33% Chardonnay, 19% Verdelho
, 19% Roussanne, 19% Semillon, 5% Chenin Blanc and 5% Sauvignon Blanc.
Paskett Winery 2016 Silvaspoons Vineyard Verdelho
Drive, The Vines, Perth, Western Australia,
Turnbull calls the 2013 Coquerel Winery verdelho
($10 a glass, $45 a bottle) "an exotic treat from just up the road." Its light floral and stone-fruit notes and elegant richness go well with chilled sweet corn soup with three-seed croutons, haricots verts, nduja and thyme.