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An ancient but newly fashionable
Armenian variety from Vayotz Dzor
- the province where the 6,100-yearold
remains of the world's oldest
winery were found, no less. Expect
medium- and full-bodied wines with
generous, spicy, red fruit avours and
touches of sweet earth and herbs.
Some, including the wine below, are
aged in amphorae. Food friendly:
loves duck, game and cassoulet.
Try this: Zorah Karasì Areni Noir 2013,
Yeghednadzor, Armenia. £21.71,
There's more to Austria than Grüner
Veltliner - plenty of reds, for a start.
Blaufränkisch is medium-bodied
with black cherry fruitiness, a hint of
redcurrant and a spicy, black pepper
character making it a good match
for meat dishes with smoked paprika
avours. It's grown in Hungary too,
where it's dubbed Kékfrankos.
Try this: Feiler-Artinger Blaufränkisch
2013, Burgenland, Austria. £11.29,
On the grounds that it was chewy and
rustic, Spain's second most planted
red grape after Tempranillo has largely
been kept in the shadows (or at least
in the blending vats) but given a little
TLC it reveals its dark, juicy, berry fruit
and more velvety side. Goes well with
herb-strewn lamb or steak.
Try this: Bruno Murciano La Malkerida
Bobal 2013, Utiel-Requena, Spain.
The stylish Nerello Mascalese erupted
on to the wine scene from the slopes
of Mount Etna (sorry, irresistible
pun). The name might suggest black,
but the wines aren't dark or even
full-bodied: they're light-footed and
perfumed with cherryish fruit, mineral
layering and delicate tannins. Sicily's
answer to red Burgundy, perhaps.
Think pork, veal, osso buco.
Try this: Graci Contrada da Arcuria
Etna Rosso 2012, Etna, Italy. £29.95,
Berry Bros Rudd
How did the pretty Trousseau
and the Good
The 10 lesser-known grape varieties that should be on your radar
WORDS JOANNA SIMON
o you remember
Grü-V? Possibly not.
It was the American
moniker for Grüner
trouble was that by
the time the name caught on,
Grü-V was anything but, well,
groovy. Fashions may come
and go in the wine world, but
the more unusual grapes can
make very interesting wines.
Here are 10 cool varieties you
might not have heard of, but
are denitely worth trying.
ILLUSTRATION: SCOTT JESSOP