Tuscan Heaven at Campochiarenti

Hi Again

Just over 30 miles south of Florence lies the beautiful hilltop town of San Gimignano, with majestic towers and stunning vistas across the Tuscan countryside.

Six miles east you will find the beautiful tiny hamlet of Campochiarenti.

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Image Courtesy of Daniele from Campochiarenti

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The Campochiarenti history begins at the end of the 10th century when the church of Saint Nicholas was built (finished in 998).

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The Church still stands here today 1021 years later.

Inside the chapel is very tranquil, it even has a tiny confessional booth, I didn’t use as we could have been in there all day…. Forgive me father but I have consumed the odd glass of Vino…. on a daily basis….like forever….haha

This church is named in the ‚ÄúBulla pontificalis‚ÄĚ (official document signed by the Pope) made by Pope Alessandro II in 1070. The power of the owners increased between 1100-1200 because of its alliance with San Gimignano.

San Gimignano was in allegiance with Siena, which was a power house of a city in Italy at that time, however always at war with Florence. The Florentines wanted produce and San Gimignano was rich with spices and oil so Campochiarenti became the go between. The small hamlet around the church was originally built as a convent, which then became the trading point for the Florentines.

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Wine & olive oil has been sold from this site since 1276. Vernaccia is one of the most important wines in Tuscan history as over the centuries it has maintained the same single grape variety and quality characteristics.

Today the estate is owned, including the little church, by Daniele, the estate was bought by his father back in 1977. He then started renovating the hamlet and bringing the vineyard back to its former glory as it was not in the best of condition. Nearly all the vines were replaced 40 years ago with better clones which they knew would enable more control of the quality of wine. Additionally there were also more vines planted ten years ago. The estate is just over 120 acres, 34 of which are the vineyards, there are also about 1000 olive trees.

Sangiovese and Vernaccia di San Gimignano are the main grapes planted, although Colorino, Canaiolo, Mammolo, Ciliegiolo & Foglia Tonda also used in small parts with the Sangiovese for the Chianti Colli Senesi DOCG.

Vernaccia di SG is a single variety wine although they have a few different clones on the estate enabling small changes to the flavour profile and structure when making the wine.

Over the last 25 years the vines have been treated by cutting out any infection, using a chainsaw very carefully I might add, to keep the old clones alive and well.

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Incredibly the rot was cut from this 40 year old vine using a chainsaw. It has deep roots in this Tuscan terroir and amazingly produces fabulous fruit.

It’s about low production, the main concentration is top quality fruit. There are no weed killers used, all the weeds are mechanically or manually removed. They are not an organic vineyard as they sometimes use products to deal with pests or disease. Daniele believes for the best grapes its important to minimise the affect of any products used. It’s about using the 1000 years of experience of many generations with these ancient varieties for the best results.

The key word here is NATURAL, the wines are made as naturally as possible with minimum intervention in the vineyard and with the winemaking.

These images above are from the nightly digging of the Cinghiale, WILD BOAR! They like digging for the roots of the weeds, lets hope they leave the grapes alone.

Their terroir is made up mostly of sand and lime soil, although millions of years ago this area was under water…. it was the sea. Because of that it has very rich mineral soil with many fossils of sea creatures in it too. This provides a beautiful minerality to the wines.

On to the winery,

For a fairly small production winery, Campochiarenti has everything in house, from the grape press, tanks & barrels, to bottling the wines and of course storing them for aging too.

As you walk into the tank & barrel room its quite impressive as the first thing you see are large HL95 (12,000 Bottles) concrete tanks that were built in 1956.

As you can see from this huge tank 12k bottle tank the wall thickness of the concrete is about 10 inches so the temperature inside is very stable no matter what the outside temperature is. The outside of the tank is painted in a light colour to add more light in thee winery and to deflect heat also.

These tanks have a special non transferring resin coating specifically for wine due to the high acidity when the wine is fermenting. This coating allows the tank to be meticulously cleaned for the next use, as after clarification the deposits need to be blasted out so its squeaky clean inside. Although there is a hatch in the top to allow access inside I really wouldn’t want to be in there to clean it!! Claustrophobia would soon set in.

The grape process for these tanks is quite simple.

  1. Sort Grapes
  2. Crush Grapes
  3. Put in the tank…‚Ķ and that’s it!
  4. Finally before removing it is treated with a natural product which is called Bentonite which clarifies the wine so it becomes clear. This has to be done for the Italian classification of the DOCG as the wine has be clear in appearance.
  5. No ADDED SULPHITES!

In this part of the winery there are also various sizes of steel tanks and large Slavonian Oak barrels.

Daniele uses large format oak barrels up to 20HL (2660 bottles) from Garbelloto who are based in Conegliano, Veneto in northern Italy. These guys know something about barrels…. they have been making them since 1775. It is key that the barrel room has high humidity to prevent evaporation within the oak barrels as without humidity you can lose up to 50 litres per year.

I asked Daniele, why do you use large format barrels and not Barriques that I see so often in my travels around Italy.

“For me its about producing more traditional wines, a large barrel allows more control over a longer period of time. A barrique barrel at 300 bottles is nearly 9 times smaller than the barrels we use and only has a wall thickness of 20 to 24mm so the wine has far more contact with the oak. With our large format 20HL (2660 bottle) barrels there is a lot less contact with the oak and the wall thickness is 40-70mm so the flavour from the oak is softer and a much slower evolution of the flavours in the wines. For us it’s an ancient tradition of using the large barrels”

Onto the bottle aging room, where the magic finishes in the bottle.

What is very clear here is that Daniele is doing something extraordinary compared with most of the producers in the area.

The reason I say this is most people making Vernaccia di San Gimignano are releasing the wine within 6-9 months and meant to be consumed within 1-2 years…‚Ķ as opposed to Daniele that wouldn’t even dream of releasing that early as the Vernaccia is still in the making.

Proof of this was the 2009 we had during the tasting.

The tasting will be in part 2 next week.

Ciao

https://www.campochiarenti.it/

twitter: https://twitter.com/campochiarenti

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Just for the record I have become good friends with Daniele over the last few years and have enjoyed some great meals and wines together in Florence, however I am writing this completely unpaid and because he makes epic wines!!

Rathfinny at the Ritz ūüá¨ūüáß

Hi again all, 

I wrote last year about the launch of Rathfinny’s new English sparkling wines, from Sussex, England, you can check that out here. Rathfinny Blog.

After a very successful initial launch their new vintage 2015 Blanc de Noirs & 2016 Rosé are about to be launched on the 1st of May and then released in June 2019.

The launch is at the Ritz in London. The Ritz is one of the most iconic hotels in the world so this truly is a fabulous achievement for Rathfinny as the Ritz are having their new 2015 Blanc de Noirs as their wine of the month in May.

Its only the 2nd time in the 113 year history of the Ritz they have had an English Sparkling wine as their wine of the month.

Giovanni Ferlito, Head of Wine and Beverage at The Ritz:

‚ÄúWe‚Äôre delighted that the launch of the first release of Rathfinny‚Äôs Blanc de Noirs, the 2015 vintage, will be taking place at The Ritz London on 1st May. I have been a fan of Rathfinny since I had the privilege to visit the Estate in 2017, and believe that the quality of their wines marks them as a leading light within the industry. Rathfinny is the second ever English sparkling wine to be featured in our ‚Äėsparkling wine of the month‚Äô calendar, in the hotel‚Äôs 113-year history. With a premium and complex style, I firmly believe Rathfinny represents some of the finest quality in sparkling wine production today, and I look forward to sharing with our hotel guests.

The 2015 Blanc de Noirs, made from 65% Pinot Noir and 35% Pinot Meunier, has been aged for thirty-six months on the yeast lees.

Rathfinny Tasting notes: (as not yet released) 

It has an enticing blush that sets the scene for perfumed peony and wild strawberry on the nose, while on the palate, its rich mousse of raspberries and toasted almonds gives way to a caramelised red-apple finish.

English sparkling wine is booming folks!! 2018 was the best harvest to date with record yields across the English wine industry, of course record yields does not necessarily mean amazing wines but all the indicators so far are very good indeed. 

Two weeks ago I spent a long weekend on the  Rathfinny Estate as they are far more than just a very good vineyard, they have a fabulous restaurant and also great accommodation for up to 30 guests too. I cant give this justice within this blog so there will be a new Rathfinny estate blog out very soon.

 

Cheers all, and get yourself down to the Ritz to sample Rathfinny Blanc de Noirs 2015 (from the 1st May) before its even released in June.

Salute

A few links below for Rathfinny:

The Rathfinny Estate http://rathfinnyestate.com/about-us

Twitter: https://twitter.com/RathfinnyEstate

The Flint Barns (To stay) http://rathfinnyestate.com/flint-barns/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlintBarns

The Tasting Room (To eat and drink) http://rathfinnyestate.com/tasting-room

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlintBarns

The Ritz, London : https://www.theritzlondon.com/

 

Not just labels, Incredible Artworks!

Hello again 

First blog for 2019.

Labels…. I see and hear about people buying wines all of the time because of the labels. Its obviously a great marketing tool at a certain price point to distinguish one wine from another on extremely crowded and competitive supermarket shelves to make them stand out.

Of course some of them are good, no, some of them are even great wines however more often than not at a certain low price point the label is truly the best thing about the wine!

HOWEVER…‚Ķ.

This is not always the case, but you do need to research your wines a little before you are just buying “that shiraz” or “that Chardonnay” because of the cool label.

Which brings me on to, in my opinion the masters of the modern art wine labelling, but I hasten to add also fabulous wine makers.

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The image of the woman’s face with the wind swept hair for their company logo is that of Gabriella Rallo the “Donna-Fugata” (woman in flight)

 

There have been many blogs, published articles about Donnafugata, but I thought I would take a slightly different slant and concentrate on the superb labels and artwork. These are not just well labelled bottles to sell the wine, its about the story, the passione! and of course great winemaking. I have included all of the tech info, tasting notes and  pairing ideas for each wine from Donnafugata too.

The name Donnafugata refers to the novel by Tomasi di Lampedusa entitled Il Gattopardo (The Leopard). A name that means ‚Äúdonna in fuga‚ÄĚ (woman in flight) and refers to the story of a queen who found refuge in the part of Sicily where the company‚Äôs vineyards are located today. An adventure that inspired the corporate logo: the image of a woman‚Äôs head with windblown hair that dominates every bottle. Donnafugata labels are also works of art created or inspired by Gabriella Rallo, as are the names of the wines, and homage to art and literature.

 

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Donnafugata are from Sicily & the Island of Pantelleria, which is about half way between Sicily & the north African coast of Tunisia.

 

Giacomo and Gabriella Rallo created Donnafugata in 1983, and were then joined in the business in 1990 by their children José and Antonio. They are one of (if not) the most successful wineries, internationally, from Sicily.

 

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Giacomo (who very sadly passed away in 2016), Jose, Gabriella & Antonio Rallo

Before you start to explore the wines and the serious ART (wine bottle labels) here are a few images from my visit to Donnafugata. If you are visiting Sicily make sure you contact them for a tour and a tasting…. you will not be disappointed. I had emailed them and arranged for exactly this. Laura was an absolute delight and extremely knowledgeable and passionate about all aspects of the winery.¬†

 

Winery in Marsala, Western Sicily.

The Ranges of wines in Catagories

The Barrel room cellar is a literally a Cathedral of Wine, wines calmly resting, waiting patiently to one day provide lots of wine joy to all of us!

You need to visit to experience the true expression of Art and wine.

So on to the wines and the labels.

There are 21 wines currently in the range, all of them below. They also have grappa and olive oil too.

Yes 21 wines below… IT IS WORTH THE READ! I promise! These are fabulous wines and labels.¬†

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Stephano Vitale

“Donnafugata are a homage to art and literature. Unique and inimitable, they represent a way of being, a style. Inspired by Gabriella Rallo they are designed by Stefano Vitale, an exceptional artist with a unique stroke, capable of making the personality of each wine shine”

White Wines.

Prio

An autochthonous single variety with marked scents of citrus

Prio 2017 has a brilliant straw yellow color. The nose offers a fragrant bouquet with marked citrus scents of grapefruit and citron combined with notes of Mediterranean scrub. The palate is fresh and perfectly reflects the nose.

Food & wine

Perfect when paired with raw fish, mixed fried fish, stir fry veggies.

Excellent at 9 – 11¬įC/48 – 52¬įF¬į

Denomination

Sicilia DOC Catarratto

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork. 

Joy, happiness, this is the meaning of prio in Sicilian dialect. It is the unexpected and authentic joy of a woman, sitting on a beach at sunset on a day in early summer, sweetly kissed by a butterfly that lands on her face. A lively and sensual label like the Catarratto signed Donnafugata

Stefano Vitale, the author

 


Anthìlia

The most enjoyed Donnafugata wine in the world

Anthilia 2018 has a straw yellow color. The nose presents a fresh and fruity bouquet with notes of white-fleshed fruits (apple) combined with scents of wildflowers. On the palate we find the evident fruity note again, refreshed by agreeable sapidity. It finishes with good persistence.

Food & wine

Perfect when paired with tomato and basil bruschetta, seafood pasta, blue fish. Try also with cesar salad.

Excellent at 9 – 11 ¬įC/48 – 51¬įF¬į

Denomination

Sicilia DOC White

Grapes

  • Catarratto
  • the predominant variety; the blend is complemented by other autochthonous and international varieties

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

The label depicts the face of a woman, mysterious and fleeting like the Elymian civilization. Anthilìa is the name given to the city of Entella on the top of the Rocca in Roman times. Today, Anthìlia is the name of a win that is identified with the ancient territory where it has its roots. It is the first wine to have been conceived at Donnafugata and still remains to this day in the hearts of many admirers.

Stefano Vitale, the author  


Lighea

An aromatic Mediterranean white

Lighea 2017 has a brilliant straw yellow color with greenish reflections. The nose offers a rich and fragrant bouquet with classic notes of orange blossom combined with citrusy scents (citron, bergamot) and nuances of Mediterranean scrub. The nose is perfectly reflected on the palate, enlivened by a fresh mineral vein.

Food & wine

Recommended with all types of oily fish, baked pasta in white sauce, fried fish.

Excellent at 9 – 11¬įC/48 – 52¬įF¬į

Denomination

Zibibbo Sicilia DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Island of Pantelleria (South-Western Sicily)

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Label & Original artwork. 

‚ÄúFrom the disheveled tresses the color of the sun, seawater flowed over the green, wide-open eyes.‚ÄĚ Thus Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa describes Lighea, the bewitching siren and principal figure in his novel. She has inspired the creation of a complex and innovative wine and an equally original label. ‚ÄúIt was not easy to print this label‚ÄĚ, Gabriella (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo) recalled, ‚Äúand preserve the thousand shadings of colors of Pantelleria Island, painted in the original drawing.‚ÄĚ

Stefano Vitale, the author


Sul Vulcano Etna Bianco

A small production, with great mineral elegance.

Elegant notes of aromatic herbs, citrus fruits and flint. Fresh and savory, Sul Vulcano 2016 presents fine notes of aromatic herbs, citrus fruit and flint. In the mouth it is embracing, fresh and savoury, characterized by distinctive minerality and remarkable persistence. A wine of great elegance and complexity.

Food & wine

Perfect with crustaceans, vegetarian first courses and porcini mushrooms.

Excellent at 10-12¬į

Denomination

Etna Bianco DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna

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Label & Original artwork. 

A goddess-volcano stands out on the Etna Bianco label by Donnafugata ‚ÄúSul Vulcano‚ÄĚ. Its intense colors, red, yellow, iridescent blacks, are those of the highest active volcano in Europe. An ancient, powerful and feminine deity: ‚Äúthe Mountain‚ÄĚ as Etna is called by the locals. ‚ÄúSul Vulcano‚ÄĚ is a declaration of love: a pure wine with a marked minerality that makes you breathe the energy of this unique place located in the center of the Mediterranean.

Stefano Vitale, the author


La Fuga

The Chardonnay from the night harvest

Brilliant straw yellow, La Fuga 2017 offers a fragrant bouquet with notes of tropical fruit (pineapple) and white peach, combined with floral scents. In the mouth it amazes with its intense sapidity combined with a pleasant vein of acidity.

Food & wine

It matches well with Risottos, herbed chicken, savoury pies and fish second course.

Excellent at 10 – 12¬įC/50 – 54¬įF¬į

Denomination

Contessa Entellina Doc Chardonnay Sicilia

Grapes

  • Chardonnay

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork. 

Gabriella Anca Rallo (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo) thought of ‚Äúfleeing‚ÄĚ and beginning a new life, passing from the arts to the land. Gabriella is a woman with the wind in her hair who is never at rest. Gabriella invented La Fuga, a label that not only suggests movement but also sunshine and the land.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Vigna di Gabri

The cru wanted by Gabriella Rallo

Vigna di Gabri 2017 has a brilliant straw yellow color with light green reflections. The bouquet is intense and goes from floral scents (elder and acacia) to notes of white fleshed fruits (peach) combined with hints of Mediterranean maquis. The palate is enlivened by a fresh savory streak. A fine and elegant white, with an intriguing personality and surprising longevity.

Food & wine

Perfect when paired with seafood pasta, flans, baked fish.

Excellent at 10 – 12¬įC/50 – 54¬įF¬į

Denomination

Sicilia DOC

Grapes

  • Ansonica
  • blended with
  • Chardonnay
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Viognier

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

‚ÄúVigna di Gabri‚ÄĚ is not a fantasy name, because the wine bears the name of Gabriella (founder of Donnafugata, with her husband Giacomo), who originally wanted to create it and strongly believed in the full flavored fragrance of Ansonica. The graphics, already renewed on the occasion of the wine‚Äôs 25th Anniversary, with the 2017 vintage, pick up and emphasize some elements present in the original illustration by Stefano Vitale: a master-label that tells the link between Gabri and her Cru. The introduction of the Burgundy bottle also wants to enhance the preciousness and elegance of this wine which is one of Donnafugata‚Äôs most beloved wines.

Stefano Vitale, the author

 


Chiarandà

A Chardonnay with a Mediterranean soul, elegant and long-lived

Chiarandà 2016 has a straw yellow color. The nose offers a complex bouquet with scents of fresh tropical fruit, aromatic herbs, and toasted hazelnuts. The palate is ample and well-structured, with pleasant savoury notes and a long mineral finish. An important white with a long and satisfying persistence and great aging potential.

Food & wine

Perfect with lobster, cream of vegetable soup and smoked fish, we suggest it also with roast quail.

Excellent at 11 – 13¬įC/52 – 55¬įF)¬į

Denomination

Contessa Entellina DOC Chardonnay

Grapes

  • Chardonnay

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

The wine made its debut in 1992 as Chiarandà del Merlo from the names of the two vineyards where the Ansonica and Chardonnay grapes were grown. Ten years later the name has been simplified to Chiarandà and the label has been enriched with a female figure that suggests complexity and refinement.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Sparkling Wines.

Donnafugata Brut 2013

A metodo classico with surprising elegance

Marked by a mild winter, with good rainfall (767 mm of rainfall, a slightly higher figure compared to seasonal averages), which was followed by a cool, ventilated spring.

Food & wine

Pleasant for an aperitivo, excellent paired with finger food, seared scallops, sole meunière.

Excellent at 6 – 8¬įC/42 – 46¬įF¬į

Denomination

Vino Spumate Sicilia DOC

Grapes

  • Chardonnay
  • Pinot Noir

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Donnafugata Brut Rosè

Vintage rosè with a pleasant delicacy and structure

Marked by a mild winter, with good rainfall (767 mm of rainfall, a slightly higher figure compared to seasonal averages), which was followed by a cool, ventilated spring.

Food & wine

A rosé table wine, excellent with raw or cooked crustaceans and fish tartare. We recommend it with thinly sliced prosciutto crudo San Daniele.

Excellent at 6 – 8¬įC/42 – 46¬įF¬į

Denomination

Vino Spumate Sicilia DOC

Grapes

  • Pinot Noir

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

An elegant woman, her face lit with a slight smile… how can we not help thinking of Mona Lisa or Lady with an Ermine by Leonardo da Vinci and the many Italian portraits of women in the 1500s. A perfect balance of the elements, including, art, culture, nature. Compared with the very elegant original sketch, made on a wooden board, we just added a few touches of gold foil into the perlage, as beams of light that let us predict all the fine liveliness of its content.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Rosé Wines.

Lumera

An unconventional rosè, the fruit of a targeted selection of red grapes

Brilliant pink, Lumera 2017 offers an ample and fragrant bouquet with fruity notes of wild strawberries and pomegranate combined with delicate flowery scents of violets. The palate is fresh and savory with good structure and pleasant persistence of fruity notes.

Food & wine

Match with hot and cold seafood antipasti, raw seafood (especially crustaceans) and first courses based on vegetables. We also recommend it with fried fish, fresh cheeses and second courses of roasted fish.

Excellent at 10 – 12¬įC/50 – 53¬įF¬į

Denomination

Sicilia DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

Lumera is an evocative name, in full Donnafugata style. It’s the beloved woman, the sublime being who inspires joy and fullness of life. It’s the woman portrayed on the label, it’s the wine that bears her name. Lumera is the protagonist of a Sicilian poem that celebrates courtly love and experiments a form, the Dolce Stil Novo, which decidedly anticipates the Italian language. “Or come pote sì grande donna intrare / Per gli occhi mei, che sì piccioli son? / e nel mio core come pote stare […], ma voglio a lei Lumera asomigliare […]

Stefano Vitale, the author


Red Wines.

Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso

A surprising volcanic red

Light ruby red, Sul Vulcano Etna Rosso DOC offers an elegant bouquet with notes of wild berries (strawberry and red currant) and flowery scents, along with delicate spicy nuances of cinnamon and nutmeg. Perfect harmony between aroma and taste, with good freshness and harmonious tannins. A long, balanced finish.

Food & wine

Perfect with mediterranean antipasti and first courses based on eggplant or mushrooms, meat and roast stew. Pairing options are numerous: from North-American cuisine (chicken wings, hamburgers) to moderate spicy Asian dishes (beef stir-fried, dumplings) to fusion cuisine like Tex-Mex based on meat and beans.

Excellent at 18¬į

Denomination

Etna Rosso DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna

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Label & Original artwork.

A goddess-volcano stands out on the label. Its intense colors, red, yellows, iridescent blacks, are those of the highest active volcano in Europe. An ancient, powerful and feminine deity: ‚Äúthe Mountain‚ÄĚ as Etna is called by the locals. ‚ÄúSul Vulcano‚ÄĚ is a declaration of love: a pure wine, fragrant and elegant, that lets you breathe the energy of this unique place located in the center of the Mediterranean.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Fragore

The Etna cru, volcanic elegance

Pale ruby red coloured, Fragore presents an ample and profound bouquet featuring spices (sweet tobacco and nutmeg), floral notes (violet) and wild berries merging with mineral (flint stone) and balsamic notes.  On the palate it reveals extraordinary complexity and elegance characterized by outstanding minerality and important tannins. Remarkable long finish.

Food & wine

Legumes, mushrooms and tasty meats. Fragore perfectly matches turkey and barbecue ribs. Try it also with Asian food as Peking duck, beef and pork hot pots.

Excellent at 18 ¬įC¬į

Denomination

Etna Rosso DOC – Contrada Montelaguardia

Grapes

Production zone

Eastern Sicily, north side of Etna

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Label & Original artwork.

Donnafugata is ‚Äúprojected‚ÄĚ towards the future, like an object launched into space, attracted by invisible gravities. Illustrator Stefano Vitale captures this perpetual motion perfectly in the latest label of Fragore that represents the volcano‚Äôs roar. Donnafugata continues its journey towards the most remote corners of Sicily: east to Vittoria and then up to the highest point on the island, on the Etna volcano.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Bell’Assai

A fragrant red that amazes with its immediate pleasantness.

Brilliant ruby red with violet reflections, Bell’Assai offers a fragrant bouquet with intense flowery notes of violets and roses combined with scents of fresh red fruit (strawberries and raspberries). In the mouth it surprises with its great freshness, a perfect harmony between aroma and taste, supported by soft tannins. A fragrant red that amazes with its immediate pleasantness.

Food & wine

We suggest it with salumi, tasty fish dishes such as soups or guazzetti, try with tuna sushi.

Excellent at 16¬įC (60¬įF)¬į

Denomination

Vittoria DOC Frappato Sicilia

Grapes

Production zone

South-Western Sicily-Vittoria

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Label & Original artwork.

Bell’Assai is a girl with personality who offers to the sweet Sicilian breeze the fruits of the vineyards and the scents of the countryside. She represents the spirit of those enterprising families with the love for beauty which have always been animating the territory of Vittoria. An artistic label with which Donnafugata wants to celebrate the love for the beautiful.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Floramundi

A refined Cerasuolo di Vittoria with a flowery soul

Intense ruby red with brilliant purple reflections; it offers intense fruity aromas, black cherry and plum notes stand out; the bouquet opens with delicate flowery nuances and characteristic spicy notes of black pepper. The palate is supported by freshness and softness that make it juicy and a real pleasure to drink. Fine and well integrated tannins. Floramundi 2017 expresses the harmonious balance Cerasuolo di Vittoria can achieve.

Food & wine

Tasty first courses, grilled meat, important fish baked in the oven. Try with pulled pork and meat dumplings.

Excellent at 15- 16¬įC (59-61¬įF)¬į

Denomination

Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG

Grapes

Production zone

South-Western Sicily-Vittoria

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Label & Original artwork.

Floramundi is a fantastic figure of a woman who is giving the gift of wonderful interlacements of flowers and fruits with velvety tones. It is a dialogue between two souls, the elegant and sophisticated one of Floral Liberty, of which Vittoria is rich in testimonies, and the fascinating and suggestive one of the tradition of the Pupi Siciliani  (Sicilian Puppets). A dialogue between Nero d’Avola and Frappato to listen to with pleasure. A refined artistic label for a prestigious denomination: Cerasuolo di Vittoria DOCG.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Sherazade

The red you don’t expect, ideal for the aperitivo

Sherazade 2017 has a brilliant ruby red color with violet reflections. The nose offers a pleasantly fruity bouquet with fragrant notes of red plum and cherry, combined with light spicy scents. The palate is fleshy and perfectly reflects the bouquet revealing an extraordinary freshness. The well-integrated tannin, completes this fragrant and pleasant wine.

Food & wine

We suggest it with fish soup, pizza or classic tomato spaghetti.

Excellent at 15 – 16¬įC/59 – 61¬įF¬į

Denomination

Sicilia DOC Nero d’Avola

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

Sherazade, fascinating female protagonist of the Arabian Nights has a fruity flesh voice, wrapped in a spicy drape, that tells you the fairy tale of this masterpiece of Oriental literature. An intensely Mediterranean label in lush Donnafugata style that gives you an unforgettable tasting.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Sedàra

A glass of quality, perfect for everyday drinking

Ruby red, Sedàra 2016 offers a fruity bouquet with scents of blackberries and blueberries combined with a light spicy note of black pepper. The palate displays good structure with suave tannins and pleasant freshness. A soft red, versatile for food pairing, perfect for every day.

Food & wine

Serve with lasagne, chicken cacciatora, BBQ, seared tuna.

Excellent at 16 – 18¬įC/61 – 64¬įF¬į

Denomination

Red Sicilia Doc

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

Dedicated to the irresistible and ambitious Angelica Sed√†ra with green eyes, the fashinatig Claudia Cardinale, protagonist of the film ‚ÄúIl Gattopardo‚ÄĚ (The Leopard) directed by Luchino Visconti. The label, also in the new version, refers to the Contessa Entellina winer

Stefano Vitale, the author


Angheli

A soft red with an international taste

Ruby red, Angheli 2015 is characterized by an enchanting bouquet with notes of red fruits, blackberries and plums, combined with intense balsamic and spicy scents of chocolate and liquorice. Fragrant on the palate with soft tannins. It finishes with good persistence. A red with an international taste with great balance between structure and pleasantness.

Food & wine

Perfect when paired with charcuterie board, meatball in tomato sauce grilled meat and chops.

Excellent at 16 – 18¬įC/ 60 – 64¬įF¬į

Denomination

Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon Sicilia Doc

Grapes

  • Merlot
  • Cabernet Sauvignon

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

‚Äú‚Ķ of loves and ladies, knights and arms‚Ķ‚ÄĚ. Would that be Angelica of Orlando Furioso fleeing on the horse portrayed on the label? Donnafugata has many ‚Äúwomen in flight;‚ÄĚ each of these has a past of history and tradition but, for sure, a future of softness and seduction.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Tancredi

An elegant red. An affordable luxury

Deep ruby red, Tancredi 2015 is characterized by a fragrant bouquet with notes of red fruit (cherry and plum) combined with delicate tertiary scents of sweet tobacco, chocolate and spices (black pepper). In the mouth it offers a structure with important and well-integrated tannins. An enveloping and persistent finish.

Food & wine

It will find its best pairing T-bone steak, gourmet burgers and game. Delicious also with beef Stroganoff
with mushrooms.

Excellent at 18¬įC/64¬įF¬į

Denomination

Terre Siciliane IGT

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

If you remember Alain Delon in the famous movie that Luchino Visconti made from Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa‚Äôs The Leopard, you will see that this wine reflects the elegance and ambition of that ‚Äúrevolutionary‚ÄĚ man. With the vintage 2015, the labels offers a new illustration by artist Stefano Vitale who has dedicated this artwork to Giacomo Rallo, visionary captain of Donnafugata. The winery of Contessa Entellina is always there, in the clouds, almost like a mirage.¬†In the upper right, the beloved village of Sambuca di Sicilia where some of the vineyards contribute to the blend of Tancredi. All the places where the memory of this man remains indelible and where his dreams have become reality.

Stefano Vitale, the author

 


Mille e Una Notte

An icon of Italian excellence

Intense ruby red colored, Mille e una Notte 2015 is characterized by an ample bouquet, with fruity notes (blackberry and black mulberry) and balsamic (liquorice) and spicy scents followed by hints of cacao. The palate is soft and embracing, surprising with an extraordinary silky tannin. A remarkable long persistence on the finish.

Food & wine

We suggest it with Slow-cooked rack of lamb, pappardelle with pork ragout, roasts, tournedos Rossini.

Excellent at 18¬įC/64¬įF¬į

Denomination

Red Sicilia Doc

Grapes

Production zone

Contessa Entellina Estate and Nearby Areas

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Label & Original artwork.

The palace illustrated on the label is Palazzo Filangeri di Cutò where Queen Maria Carolina took refuge fleeing from Naples, the house lovedby the writer Tomasi di Lampedusa.

Gabriella captures the image and embeds it into a ‚ÄúMille e una Notte‚ÄĚ sky. A tribute to the masterpiece of oriental literature capable of recounting a thousand and one tales.

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Sweet Wines.

Kabir

A very pleasant naturally sweet wine

Bight straw yellow with golden reflections, Kabir 2017 is characterized by a rich and fragrant bouquet with scents of ripe fruit (nectarines) combined with flowery notes of orange blossom and delicate savoury nuances. The nose is perfectly reflected on the palate, combined with a fresh mineral vein that balances the pleasant sweetness well. A good persistence on the finish revealing hints of pink pepper and nutmeg.

Food & wine

Perfect with anchovies, goat’s cheese, ice cream and fruit-based desserts.

Excellent at 12¬įC/54¬įF¬į

Denomination

Moscato di Pantelleria DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Island of Pantelleria (South-Western Sicily)

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Label & Original artwork.

From the Arabic term ‚ÄúThe Great,‚ÄĚ this is the name Donnafugata chose for its Moscato di Pantelleria, for its broad and noble perfumes. The label speaks the language of the island, expressing the colors, the freshness and the aromatic richness of Zibibbo. A label evoking the heroic soul of the viticulture of an island battered by wind and waves.

Stefano Vitale, the author


Ben Ryè

One of the most appreciated sweet Italian wines in the world

Ben Ryé 2016 offers an extraordinary rich bouquet with outstanding aromas obtained from the dried grapes: apricots and candied orange peel. It presents delicate hints of Mediterranean macchia. The palate is very fresh and intense, balancing perfectly the sweetness followed by a long and satisfying persistence.

Food & wine

It matches with caramelized duck, foie gras and blue cheeses. It goes well with pastries and gourmet chocolate like gianduja. Extraordinary alone, as a meditation wine.

Excellent at 14¬įC/57¬įF¬į

Denomination

Passito di Pantelleria DOC

Grapes

Production zone

Island of Pantelleria (South-Western Sicily)

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Label & Original artwork.

From the Arabic term ‚ÄúSon of the Wind‚ÄĚ because the wind sweeps constantly around the grape clusters on Pantelleria. And the island‚Äôs winds bring with them a profusion of fragrances so powerful that you can touch them. An author label telling the love, the care and the effort of heroic viticulture on an island unique and fascinating. A fresh and enchanting portrait that reveals its essence.

Stefano Vitale, the author

 

I know this has been quite a long piece but thought I really needed to give Donnafugata justice as ALL of their wines have amazing labels. I hope some are of you are still reading at this stage!!

I have no affiliation to the winery and I am not being paid for writing this piece.

I am good friends with Donnafugata and they always send me a great box of wine for Christmas, and the least I can do is give them a huge shout out for their stunning wines and a bit of info into the labels, the passion and the wines.

They are much more than labels, they are an expression of the wine from the family, terroir, the artist and of course the wine itself.

They are a large international brand and you should be able to buy in most markets locally. Please take the time and try some Donnafugata.

INFO:

Donnafugata : https://www.donnafugata.it/en/the-company/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/DonnafugataWine

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/donnafugatawine/

Credits:

All photos are my own or from the Donnafugata website or from the book “Inseguendo Donnafugata” an amazing book they also sent me at Christmas.

If you would like to visit Donnafugata please follow his link: https://visit.donnafugata.it/en-us/

 

 

Jackson Family Wines – Part 1 V√©rit√©

Hi all,

A few weeks ago I was extremely privileged to be invited to the prestigious Dorchester Hotel in Mayfair, London for a very special wine tasting. A tasting to celebrate the release of the 2015 Vérité wines.

V√ČRIT√Č & CARDINALE¬†

Well, this was not going to be any old wine tasting.

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Vérité Chalk Hill Vineyard

Vérité & Cardinale are epic wines with huge reputations too.

If you drink (and taste a lot more) a few bottles of wine a year like me (I KNOW!! Understatement of the year) you will surely know of the Jackson family wines in the USA, hugely famous for its Chardonnay. I knew a little bit but thought I must do a bit of research for information before I go to this great tasting.

So here is a brief of history into JFW. You can check out loads more on their website https://www.jacksonfamilywines.com/en/timeline

1974 Jess Jackson buys 80-acre pear and walnut orchard in Lake County and replants to grapes.

1983 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Kendall-Jackson debuts with 1982 vintage Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay and wins first-ever Double Platinum Award in the American Wine Competition.

From 1986 to the present day they acquired many vineyards across California, Oregon, Tuscany, Bordeaux, Chile, South Africa and Australia. 

In 1991 the Jackson family purchased a stave mill in France to guarantee high-quality French oak barrels.

2003 Jess was selected by Robert Parker Jr. as wine personality of the year, and won a lifetime achievement award in 2007. 


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Sadly on April 21st 2011 Jess passed away.

 

 

Tasting at the Dorchester Hotel.
The Tasting was compared by Patrick Schmitt MW, the wine maker behind Vérité РPierre Seillan, The Jackson Family master Sommelier Dimitri Mesnard and Barbara Banke Рfounder and Chairman and her daughter Julia Jackson.
We started the afternoon with Vérité 2015.
Winemaker Pierre walked us through the vintage of 2015. What stood out immediately is that this was going to be an epic vintage. He explained that in 49 vintages making wine this was certainly one of his finest, definitely in the top 3!.
The weather meant that the grapes were ready to harvest earlier than ever before at the end of August for the first of the 50 micro crus used in the wine, ending the harvest on September 12th. Yields were modest in small clusters but had quality and good concentration making the 2015 harvest outstanding.
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He went on to explain about the micro crus further, how the different elevations, aspects and the make up of the soil on each hillside has its impact on the wines. 
So each of the micro crus are harvested by hand and fermented separately, then barreled in French oak, which have also have been toasted in different ways to suit each wine. This allows Pierre hundreds of options to make sure that the final blending of the 3 wines is perfect. 
Pierre uses the term micro-cru to define his approach, which is to find the very best of each particular plot within an already outstanding vineyard
His passion exudes when he is talking about Vérité, 21 years making this wine and why it is an incredibly special wine indeed.
Vérité (the French word for TRUTH) comes in 3 wines. La Muse, La Joie & La Désir 
These wines are a combination of old-world experience with new world fruit. The grape varieties are all tradition Bordeaux grapes. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Although Bordeaux varieties this is no copy of Bordeaux, these wines stand tall by themselves.

La Muse.

Merlot dominated like the Pomerol wines of the Right Bank style in Bordeaux.
Merlot 90%, Cabernet Franc 7% & 3% Malbec blend.
Ruby red in the glass, on the nose its like a wild meadow but a little restrained due to being a youngster. On the palate Blueberry, blackberry and crème de cassis. Has a spiciness which we are told is from the deep roots in the soil of the old vines which stress the vines to work harder and creates this spice. The finish of this wine just keeps on going and going. This wine is still in its infancy however a classic wine that will age for decades to come. Outstanding wine.
97 pts Lisa Perrotti-Brown , Robert Parker
97 pts James Suckling
95 pts Antonio Galloni. 
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La Joie. “The Joy”

Cabernet Sauvignon dominated like the wines of Pauillac –¬† Left Bank style in Bordeaux.
Cabernet Sauvignon 75%, Merlot 14%, Cabernet Franc 7% & 4% Petit Verdot.
This Vérité is obviously quite different to La Muse, as its CAB SAV blend shouts out blackcurrants, ripe cherry & some slightly tart damson plum in there too. Its more mineral also. This is a FINE wine also and will age stunningly over the next several decades.
99 pts Lisa Perrotti-Brown , Robert Parker
97 pts James Suckling
96 pts Antonio Galloni. 

La Desir. “The Desire”

Cabernet Franc dominated like the wines of St Emillion Bordeaux.
Cabernet Franc 64%, Merlot 27%, Cabernet Sauvignon 5% & 4% Malbec.
The first two¬†V√©rit√© wines were brilliant….. however…. this really turns up the volume to 11!
It is so elegant, the nose and palate has finesse, its soft yet with a core of minerality that runs all through from the nose, to palate onto the long finish. Waves of flavours abound each taste, Dark berries, liquorice, tobacco, cedar and oh so silky. This wine has robust tannins but the wine is structured so you could decant and drink today, but of course this wine will unfold to be a beauty for many decades to come.
100 pts Lisa Perrotti-Brown , Robert Parker
98 pts James Suckling
98 pts Antonio Galloni.
So are these Bordeaux copies? ABSOLUTELY NOT!.
THESE ARE SIGNATURE WINES FROM SONOMA COUNTY CALIFORNIA!
These are wines without compromise, they are NOT working to the 1855 classification rules in Bordeaux. With Pierre’s micro cru it allows him to make wines that are respectful of that particular vintage and not to a formulaic recipe. When each barrel is tasted he starts to understand his vision for the blend to make that years vintage the best it can be.
These wines are full of passion and spirit. True greats. 
Oh and by the way ….. if the French ever change the 1855 classification rules (cant see it in my lifetime) I think they may be trying some Sonoma wines for a new Vision of great  wines.

 

Well it didn’t stop there….

We are then treated to a ” La Muse” Vintage overview

I will give a quick run over these before I send you to sleep with tasting notes….

2012 Robert Parker 97pts Liquorice, tar , light oak and spice. 

2009 RP 96 pts Very Elegant & oh so long.

2007 RP 100 pts OH BOY! One of California’s greatest vintages.¬†

2004 RP 98 pts Cigars!

2002 RP 99pts Super fresh has years! Interesting in a decade.

All of them truly great wines.

Many thanks to Fiona at Luxx PR for the invite.

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Twitter: LuxxPR

Huge thank you to Barbara, Julia, Pierre, Patrick and Dimitri for a spectacular wine experience.

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PART 2 SOON….. Cardinale

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poulton Hill Estate – Cotwolds – Part 4 WineGBūüá¨ūüáß

Well I know you must be amazed at the fourth blog in ten days!

I had met Tiléri and Natalie from Poulton Hill Estate vineyard at a couple wine tastings in the Cotswolds and really wanted to go and check out what they are doing.

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Well my twitter buddy Swami, now lifelong food & wine friend from Iowa, told me he was coming to see me on an epic five week tour he had planned in Europe. So I started to plan a couple of days for him with me in Worcestershire. Food and wine both days was hugely important as Swami eats amazingly on his worldwide travels. With a few days before Swami’s arrival the weather forecast was superb for the upcoming days of his visit. With this in mind I thought we have to go to an ENGLISH vineyard!.

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The new tasting room at Poulton Hill Estate.

So this was the perfect opportunity to visit Poulton Hill Estate in the stunning Cotswolds as its only 45 minutes from home. With only two days notice we were made extremely welcome by Tiléri and Natalie. Many thanks.!!!!

The 7 acres of the Poulton Hill Estate vineyard were planted in 2010, set in the idyllic Cotswold countryside, close to the Roman town of Cirencester and Regency spa town of Cheltenham.

The vines planted are on south facing slopes, 8800 in total, which equates to about 20,000 bottles per year. They have three white varieties: Phoenix, Bacchus, Seyval Blanc and three red varieties: Pinot Noir, Regent and Rondo.

Other than some occasional help around the vineyard Tiléri and Natalie do everything. Obviously labour is brought in for the harvest, but when I say everything I mean EVERYTHING.

These are two petite ladies and they get stuck into every single part of what’s involved within the vineyard. Vine maintenance, pruning, wires, thinning, you name it they do it. Not only that but they are the face of Poulton at many events in the UK too. Oh and the tasting room, paperwork, telephones, orders, deliveries…‚Ķ. EVERYTHING!¬†

Til√©ri was telling me that at an event when they told a consumer they were the ones that worked the estate the response was ” I’m sure you don’t – day to day” in which she responded, “feel free to come anytime and see that WE MOST DEFINITELY DO.¬†

They certainly are a dynamic duo and they work bloody hard too! Both Swami and I discussed this on the way home after we had finished. We were sure that its not an easy job, however extremely rewarding when all the work comes to fruition with wonderful wines. Especially when the wines are winning awards and the wine buying public are loving them too!

2013 Brut Rosé has been highly commended at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly Awards 2017.

2012 Brut English Sparkling Wine has won yet another medal. The wine won a silver medal at The World’s Finest Glass of Bubbly awards.

Poulton Hill Bacchus 2016 wins Drinks Product of the Year at the Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards.

English Sparkling White 2012,  awarded a Q in the Quality Drink Awards.

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Responsibility to the  environment is an integral part of what they do. They have  Babydoll sheep that graze the orchard and wildflowers planted to help the insect population.

They have two flocks of rare-breed sheep, Jacob’s Sheep and Olde English Babydoll Southdown Sheep, two of the oldest breeds in England. The Babydoll sheep are perfect for keeping the area around the vines tidy without eating the grapes also fertilizing the soil as they go.

So Natalie held the fort and Tiléri took Swami and I to see the vines.

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The first thing that we both noticed were the stunning Roses! I have only ever seen this once before at Querciabella, in Tuscany (Querciabella is a Biodynamic Vineyard)   

It’s a very old tradition which is done as vines and roses are both susceptible to the same mildew and fungus and they acted as an early warning system on the end of the rows. Although these days at Poulton Estate it’s purely for cosmetic reasons as vine management today is very different to how it was many years ago.

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Swami, you have cut the top of my head off… Many thanks for some of these photos though.
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Tiléri gave Swami one of these beautiful roses to remember the vineyard
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A whole new section has just been planted this year with Pinot Noir, settling in nicely.

Back to the tasting room to sample the delights of Poulton Estate wines.

Currently they make six still wines, (the reserve red was just released when we visited and not in the photo), three sparkling, a Cotswold brandy and a Sloe de Vie.. don’t worry I will explain. I hadn’t heard of it either.

Throughout the tasting it was obvious to Swami and I that these ladies certainly are involved with everything aspect in the vineyard, as their knowledge and experience, to all of our questions, from terroir to bottle was very impressive. 

Full Range.


 

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Bacchus 2016

Bacchus is of German origin and named after the Roman God of wine.

Grapes: Bacchus

In the glass this is light gold with a platinum edged quality too. Elderflower and peach on the nose. On the palate its fresh grapefruit, gooseberry, ripe tropical notes too. On the finish its dry and crisp with a touch of mineral right on the end. Really good on its own or with some fresh seafood it would be a delight!

RRP: £15.99

 


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Phoenix 2015 (although now 2017 vintage)

Again the variety is of German origin.

Grapes: Phoenix

In the glass this is very light in colour indeed. The nose has fabulous elderberry and herbaceous hints reminiscent of a traditional French Sauvignon. This medium-bodied wine is packed full of flavour with notes of lychee, elderberry and gooseberry, followed by a refreshingly clean finish.

RRP: £14.99

 

 


Special Reserve 2016.

Special Reserve 2016

Phoenix is of German origin and Seyval Blanc is of French origin.

Grapes: Phoenix and Seyval Blanc

Pale straw colour in the glass with fresh aromas of elderflower and pear on the nose. The palate is bursting with juicy peach, finishing with tones of zesty lemon sherbet.

RRP: £15.99

 

 

 


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Rosé NV

Grapes: Phoenix, Seyval Blanc, Rondo and Regent

The NV Rosé is salmon pink in colour, has cherry and slight plummy tones with a long, long finish. Delicious summer sipping!

This wine is a delight drunk on a hot summer day or will pair with white fish, chicken or pork dishes.

RRP: £13.99

 

 


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This wine was not tasted on the day and had not been released. It is available now.

It has soft, well-rounded, ripe summer fruits on the nose that lead to delicate hints of damson plum and strawberries, with a crisp, dry finish on the palate.

RRP: £14.99

 


Special Reserve Red 2016

 

Well I drank this one again last night.

Grapes:  Rondo and Regent, with only 663 bottles made of this first vintage of this wine.

In the glass this wine is deep violet red in colour with a vibrant violet edge. The nose is blackberry, ripe black cherry with a touch of vanilla toastyness. The palate is an explosion of fruit! Black Cherry, quickly followed by stewed sweet plums. This wine is aged for six months in American oak so it does have a touch of vanilla although very little, and on the end it has a lovely spicey touch. Tannins are well integrated and it has a lovely soft lingering fruity finish. Really enjoyed this wine. Will also be good to see how it develops in the bottle over the next 12 months. 

RRP: £16.99

On to the sparkling wine

 

BULARI ……..

A new name for English sparkling wine? Well Poulton Estate certainly think so.

Poulton Hill Estate has a trademark registered¬† for ‚ÄėBulari‚Äô (a variation of the Latin for bubbles) as a generic term to describe English sparkling wine.

English sparkling wine producers have been searching for a catchy name to signify prestige and reflect ever-increasing quality for years now. The use of the Latin term Bulari reflects the fact that vines for wine-making were first introduced to Britain by the Romans.

As a recognition of their awards, quality and success, Poulton Hill Estate’s award-wining sparkling white and rosé wines will now be labelled Bulari. High-quality English sparkling wine producers, who meet the same strict production criteria for making English sparkling wines, will also be able to use the term under license.

Time will tell if this name catches on….. but always I hear lots banded round the industry that we don’t have a name like, Cava, Sekt, Prosecco or Champagne.

Here is a link featured on the BBC news about it. https://youtu.be/hFY10oiQWKk


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Sparkling English Rosé 

Grapes: Seyval Blanc, Phoenix, Rondo and Regent

In the glass it’s beautiful pale pink with fine perlage. On the nose it’s a summer berry heaven! A Strawberry and cream delight. This was the first glass we started with on the tasting and I think Swami was surprised at how good quality this tasting was going to be. This follows by quite a long dry finish with a touch of minerality on the end.¬†

This is great as an aperitif but equally a great food wine. In fact the first time my wife and I had this wine was at a lovely pub down the road from the vineyard and I had a burger for lunch. Paired a treat! RRP: £27.99 


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Grapes: Seyval Blanc, Phoenix, Rondo and Regent. ( not tasted on the day)

Poulton Hill Estate English sparkling wine is a rich straw yellow colour with a slight touch of pink. The nose is a lovely blend of English summer fruits, with hints of gooseberry and grapefruit. The palate is equally reminiscent of an English summer, with notes of crisp green apple, elderflower, a touch of lime and hints of redcurrant and strawberry. RRP: £60.00


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Grapes: Seyval Blanc & Pinot Noir

Pale straw golden in the glass with fine perlage, the nose is green apples and pears with citrus notes of orange, lemon and limes. On the palate juicy apple bursts across your tongue followed by citrus freshness  which creates a wonderful well-rounded mouthfeel. This is very clean and fresh.

RRP: £27.99


SPIRITS:

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Sloe de Vie displays delicious fruit flavours of sloes hand-picked at the peak of ripeness following the harvest in 2015.

Once fermented, the sloe wine was triple distilled and then bottled.

The delicate aromas and freshness of the fruit have been preserved, resulting in a spirit of exceptional smoothness. Much like a  fine grappa. RRP £37.99


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This Limited edition Cotswold Brandy has been produced exclusively from grapes harvested by hand at the Poulton Hill Estate in 2013. Following fermentation, the base wine has been triple distilled and then matured in American Oak casks.

Cotswold Brandy has a wonderful nose of deep almond and vanilla, with hints of wood and notes of spice. The palate is beautifully soft and smooth with a fruity finish.

Each bottle of this limited release has been carefully hand labelled and individually hand numbered. Unfortunately it was only a 200 bottle run and its all SOLD OUT!

 

 

Experience Poulton Hill for yourself

It really is a wonderful vineyard to visit, the Cotswold countryside is stunning and definitely worth a visit for a weekend or longer. There are plenty of places to stay from B&B’s to luxury country house hotels.

You can join Poulton estate for a relaxed tour around their vineyard, where they will take you through the history and the growing of grapes. From there, you can sample a selection of their wines at their Cellar Door. Tours start at 11am and last about 1 ¬Ĺ hours. Tickets cost ¬£15 per person, with a maximum of 20 tickets available for each tasting.

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Tours run Monday to Friday and one Saturday per month until Oct 2018.

For dates and to book your tour, please call Poulton Estate on: 0044 (0)1285 850257

Why not join Tiléri & Natalie for a harvest experience?
Harvest is one of the best times of year at Poulton Hill Estate. There is always a great atmosphere as you will work up and down the vines in pairs picking the fruit. If you would like to help out or learn more about what happens at harvest time in a vineyard, please contact them : info@poultonhillestate.co.uk

 

Huge Thank you to Til√©ri and to Natalie who were fabulous hosts to us.¬† I really do take my hat off to all the hard work that you put into this vineyard. Its obvious it is so much more than a Job to you both. Salute¬†ūüć∑ūüć∑ūüć∑ūüć∑ūüć∑

Again I  wrote this blog because I love what they are doing at Poulton Estate and their wines.

I have not been paid to write this blog nor do I have any affiliation to Poulton Estate.

The wine drunk last night SPECIAL RESERVE RED 2016 was kindly given to me by Swami who bought it on our visit. Thanks Swami.

https://poultonhillestate.co.uk/

Twitter: @PoultonVineyard

 

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Very cool delivery van too!

Astley Vineyard- Worcestershire- Part 3 WineGBūüá¨ūüáß

Hi again…‚Ķ I know 3 blogs in a week! and there is more next week too.

Astley vineyard is actually the closest vineyard to my home in Worcestershire. (40 mins south of the UK’s 2nd city Birmingham)

When I started to taste more English still wines at trade events I really had to go and visit Astley as they are 15 minutes from my house. I spoke with them on twitter for a while and then about 7 months ago in Jan 2018 I visited for the first time. I haven’t written about them until now because there were big plans afoot at Astley which will all come clear in this blog.

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January 14th 2018, pruning in progress by Mum – BEV!

History:

Astley used to be the most northerly vineyard in the WORLD! When it was established in the Severn Valley, Worcestershire, in 1971.

The terroir for this part of Worcestershire where the vineyard is planted is Triassic Sandstone and about 200 million years old (ish) this provides excellent drainage and a naturally high acidity in the wines also.

The vineyard is on an east facing slope located by a deep valley which draws away cold air, 1/2 mile away from the river Severn which also moderates the micro climate.

Below is a geo map of the county. Sandstone was used for many of the old buildings in the county too. 

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The original founders, the Bache family, planted varieties such as Madeleine Angevine and Siegerrebe decades before its¬†potential in England was realised.¬†Many of these¬†vines still stand – including their unique 46¬†year old Kerner – providing ASTLEY now with¬†almost unrivalled maturity and heritage. There is also Pinot Noir, used for blending and some chardonnay…‚Ķ. which is used for nothing as it never ripens enough! It is being replaced in the not to distant future.

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Clearing and managing the woodland has been a big task too!

Jonty Daniels who was a bit of a legend amongst small English wine producers owned  the vineyard for over 24 years, and  retired in July 2017.

He wasn’t going to sell to just anybody, they had to have the same vision & values for the little estate that he had. So in 2017 the Haywood family bought the vineyard and moved in,¬† July 17′.¬†

There are 5 Haywood’s in the Family that are involved passionately in this new venture/adventure.

Dad & Owner:¬† Tim. Each time I have visited Tim is super busy getting his hands dirty and really getting stuck into every job on the estate. A far cry I’m sure from his past life as a Financial Director in the City.

Mum:  Bev. The first time I met Bev she was pruning the vines in Jan. On their website it describes Bev as the lynch pin holding it all together. Bev if you are anything like my mother & I am sure that you are. We would all be lost without our Mums.

Son:¬† Chris. Chris exudes passion for this project! A great guy and like the whole family 100% committed every day to anything that the vineyard requires. He spent 2 years at a luxury wine shop and is WSET Level 3 qualified, Chris is Astley’s wine man.

The Finnish Wife of Chris: Matleena, who is the business manager and accounts dept.

Daughter: Daisy. Resident Landscape Architect and artist. Daisy lends her creative eye to projects and looks after the estate woodland and gardens.

Plans.

The previous owner Jonty always had the wine made at a large commercial vineyard but the Haywood’s have other plans completely. They want control over the whole process.¬†

The first part of this I saw a few months ago, in early May, where the foundations for the new winery & the new tasting room & shop were getting underway.

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Under Construction winery and Tasting room April/May 2018

Everything has changed at Astley…‚Ķ well except for the vines!. Their new Astley branding for the business together with their new beautiful bottle labels are a credit to them. A collaboration with the very talented team at Wearebeard, based in Worcester. In fact I must get in touch with them to get new pietrovini branding!

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Love their new LOGO with corkscrew incorporated.

New nature inspired labels incorporating the wildlife around the vineyard. Please click on any of the bottles above to get much larger image. It will open a new page.

So now in July, just a few short months after the start of new buildings, the new shop and tasting room are complete. The winery will be finished imminently. 

 

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The new mural on the wall by WEAREBEARD is awesome!

So the new tasting room has a great layout including a bar!, plenty of tables and seating and even a quite corner to relax in too.

The whole ethos of what the Haywood’s are doing at Astley is a credit to them, they understand that they are a boutique winery with only 5 acres of vines, they will never make much more than 10,000 bottles per year. So to that end they have made the whole vineyard extremely¬† visitor friendly, from walking through the woodland to the vineyard, or just popping in to have a glass of their wine on the new terrace. (Licence will be in place within weeks.) They will also be opening as a bar once or twice a month on a Friday or Saturday night, ticket only to enjoy their wines. Check website for updates.

Not only are they doing their own wine tasting sessions but Chris is providing monthly tastings for other wines from all over the world too. Sometimes these are just tasting nights but also they are doing gourmet food nights with wine matching each course. Which are quite the event.

Starting with a quick tour of the vines with Chris and some Q&A too.

Then a stroll up through the vines to the huge Teepee where the wines and delicious food is served.

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YUM!

These events will take place frequently, there are 3 over the next few weeks. Take a look at the website link https://www.astleyvineyard.co.uk/events if you fancy a great night in the vines. Perfect Summer BBQ wines, Natural wines & the KERNER tasting experience which is not to be missed.

Join the Haywood family for a special exploration of the Kerner grape. Focusing on wines made from Kerner, you will taste an exclusive range of wines both from their private collection, as well as from Astley Vineyard’s unreleased stocks. Unlike their other events, you will sit down with their entire family and¬† explore wine as a group.

 

About time I started talking about their delicious wines.

Madeleine

 

 

 

Madeleine Angevine 2016 or “MAD ANGIE” as is sometimes known in the UK.

Grapes: Madeleine Angevine

Alc: 11.5% 

Residual Sugar: 7.6 g/L

Total Acidity: 9.2 g/L

A delicate wine floral on the nose, on the palate grapefruit with a touch of peachy notes too. On the finish the there is crisp acidity with a little mineral note too. A real citrus blast of a wine. a real foodie wine. 

RRP £ 11.00 Bargain!

 

 


Severn-Vale

Severn Vale 2016 

Grapes: Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine, Kerner & tiny drop of Oaked Sauvignon Blanc too.

Alc: 10.5% 

Residual Sugar: 10.2 g/L

Total Acidity: 8.4 g/L

This is a fabulous light summer wine for sitting out on the patio in the sunshine. Off dry. On the nose its apples all the way! On the palate ripe fruit with a crunchy green apple freshness delighting with a light floral note,  which then leads to more rich tropical notes and citrus acidity from the MAD ANGIE and Kerner on the finish. The SB in the wine gives a little roundness on the finish, but as its only about 2% its not made it feel oaky in anyway shape or form.

RRP £ 10.00

 


 

Sabrinna

Sabrinn√£ 2016

Grapes: Siegerrebe & Bacchus

Alc: 11.5% 

Residual Sugar: 3.8 g/L

Total Acidity: 6.1 g/L

This is quite a big wine on the nose with a multitude of huge tropical fruit flavours filling the nose which makes you desperate to taste. Super fruity wine, yet dry. Mango, pineapple, passionfruit with the zest of limes. An absolute delight. In fact I drank one last night.

This wine is a great aperitif however it will be stunning with Asian food, spiced foods or as I had last night crab p√Ęt√© on granary toast with ripe tomatoes.

RRP £ 16.00 

 

 


Bacchus

 

 

Bacchus 2016

Grapes: Bacchus

Alc: 10.5%

Residual Sugar: 9.7 g/L

Total Acidity: 8.5 g/L

For those of you who have not heard about Bacchus, well for me it’s to England what Sauvignon Blanc is to NZ.

It’s a crisp & dry wine, it’s packed with flavours of elderflower, kiwi fruit, lime, grapefruit and crisp green apples.¬†All this fruit flavour yet dry but with a good acidity and a lingering finish too. Every time I taste this wine new flavours appear its a really delicious wine.

RRP £ 16.00

 

 


 

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Old Vine Kerner 2015

Grapes: Kerner from 45 yr old vines

Alc: 11.5%

Residual Sugar: 10.3 g/L

Total Acidity: 8.8 g/L

For me without a doubt this is Astley Vineyards flagship wine. Its truly wonderful, I cant quite get my head round the fact that its from Worcestershire and 15 minutes from my house!

Slightly off dry this wine is elegant on the nose with fresh elderflower & honeysuckle. On the palate its white peaches, elderflower, a zestyness of freshness too. On the end it has a little nutty and spicey touch too.

I was and am a big fan of this wine. I bought this wine, then went back within a few days to get a case. It definitely has some aging potential too.

RRP £ 19.50

 

 

 


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Vintage Spakling Kerner 2014

Grapes: Kerner

Alc: 10.5%

Residual Sugar: 11.8 g/L

Total Acidity: 9.8 g/L

Now I’m going to review this when the next vintage comes out as its not now for sale as its all been sold.

What’s interesting it’s really a great English Sparkling wine that is not made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Meunier.

RRP £ 28.50 SOLD OUT (SORRY)

But you can have by the glass in Central London at the Coral Rooms at the Bloomsbury hotel. 

 

 

 

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What a great sign! As you enter field of  vines

Images above were taken by me this morning 5th Aug 2018. 46 year old Kerner vines and this years crop so far.

There are great plans a foot and the grape press is being delivered tomorrow, so I will keep you informed about Astley’s new in house winery too.

 I wrote this because I love what they are doing at Astley and their wines.

I bought their wines myself and have not been paid to write this blog nor do I have any affiliation.

 

Useful Links.

Astley Vineyard – https://www.astleyvineyard.co.uk/

Twitter: @AstleyVineyard

Wine GB. https://www.winegb.co.uk/

Twitter: @Wine_GB

We Are Beard ( Label and logo designers) https://www.wearebeard.com/

Twitter: @wearebeard

 

WINE GBūüá¨ūüáß Part 1

Hello

Great Britain is making seriously good… no seriously bloody great wines!

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Wine GB is the premier wine event for the UK wine industry held at the Royal Horticultural Society Lindley Hall in London. All of the Vineyards at the event are listed at the end of this blog with their websites and twitter handles too. Please check some of them out.

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For sure Great Britain is known for its stunning (worldwide) award winning sparkling wines, however what really was the shocker for me is how fantastic English still wines have become also!.

Just a few FACTS about GB wine industry to get you started:

(ALL FACTS FROM WINE GB WEBSITE)

Commercial Vineyards: 502

Wineries: 147

Hectares Under Vine: 2554 (6308 Acres) Hectarage planted has tripled since 2000

Vines Planted in 2017: 1 Million

Predicted Planting for 2018: 1.5 to 1.7 Million Vines

Annual Wine Production: 5.9million bottles (2017) Predicted 2040 – 40 Million

Vineyards open to the public: 150+

Bottles of wine sold in 2017: +31% from 2015

Types of wine sold: Still wine 32% (1.9m btl) Sparkling 68% 4m Bottles

Export: 27 Countries (4% of wine produced)

Top Grape Varieties: No1. Pinot Noir 31.5%, No.2 Chardonnay 30.2% No.3 Pinot Meunier 9.5%. These 3 sparkling varieties account for 71.2% of all grapes grown in GB currently.

So I spent the morning tasting Sparkling wines. From table to table, one vineyard to the next the quality was outstanding. Below were my sparkling wines of the morning, however ALL the sparkling I tasted on the day were of such a high quality.

Wiston Estate: Cuvée 2009, Blanc de Blancs RRP £ 32.95 &

Wiston 2010 & Blanc de Noirs 2010 RRP £47.00

Hambledon: Vineyards: Première Cuvée NV RRP £42.50

Gusbourne: Blanc de Blancs 2013 RRP £35.00

Nyetimber: Blanc de Blancs 2010 £43.99

Cottonworth: Classic Cuvée NV RRP £28.00

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Now I have written a few pieces lately on Sparkling wines (check the archive) so I am not reviewing any of these sparkling wines today. What I have mentioned earlier are the wonderful still wines GB is now producing.

I bumped into my great wine buddy Mike again! (www.pleasebringmemywine.com @pbmmw – twitter) who told me that I needed to taste a wine. I was stood next to the Welsh Vineyards Association stand. I did not have very high hopes. How wrong was I!

OK once again I was proved to be a complete muppet! I ended up being there 20 mins and having a great and interesting  tasting!  

So I was introduced to Woody from Montgomery Vineyard who poured me a glass of white wine

It was 100% Solaris grape variety 2016.

Solaris meaning “Sun” is an early ripening variety originally from Germany and perfect for the cooler climate of Wales. Its fruity & Zesty with a fresh slightly off dry feel, then with tropical, slightly nutty finish. Great Summer sipping! Approx RRP. ¬£20

Then came the second wine. RONDO 2016: This is a medium bodied red with a big redberry fruit burst. Rondo is again a cool climate grape variety. Approx RRP £20

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I’m looking forward to visiting soon to further follow up on these wines. (please note this vineyard is not open to the public ‚Ķ.. YET)

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Then I met Robb Merchant, who is currently Chairman of the Welsh Vineyard Association & also owner of White Castle Vineyards in Abergavenny. Only about 40 mins from my house actually…. but that’s another story in a couple of blogs time (next week I promise!) 5 Acres 4800 vines, truly a great story. Pinot Noir Pr√©coce 2016 Approx RRP ¬£20

This intrigued me to start to look for all the other still wines at the tasting. 

Denbies Wine Estate was my next stop. This estate is based in Surrey in the south East of England and the vines were planted in 1986. Denbies is currently the largest producer in the UK with circa. 500,000 bottles per year. Now they make a lot of sparkling wines but I was interested mainly in their range of still wines.

What drew me too the table was I saw in the catalogue that they had Pinot Gris & I love Pinot Gris.

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The Pinot Gris poured was very pale in colour, so a good start. On the nose there was brioche and ripe fruits. It has lots of body and has a full on mouth feel, but with zesty acidity on the finish its beautifully balanced. Approx Retail £17 Bargain!  

PINOT NOIR 2016. Well I’m quite fussy about the old PN as it goes but I was pleasantly surprised by this full on single varietal PN. Fairly light cherry red¬† in the glass. On the nose and the palate it was a plummy/raspberry delight. I could have easily pulled up a chair, sipped all afternoon and would have done if there was also a nice plate of charcuterie.¬†

Just before I left Denbies table I was asked would I like to try the dessert wines. Well to be honest that was a new one for me. I actually didn’t know GB wine industry made any. I was put right then and have been since too. I’ve always been a fan of dessert wines and have at least 20 different types at home. So of course I jumped at the chance.

Denbies produce 2 dessert wines. Noble Harvest 2016 & The Brokes Botrytis Ortega 2016

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Both Wines are made from 100% Ortega Grapes. While the Noble harvest was delicious, golden in the glass & heavenly on the palate 12%ABV (RRP £24.95 Half bottle) The Brokes Botrytis 2016 was just stunning wine and winemaking. 10%ABV deep rich golden nectar in colour, absolutely heavenly on the nose, and the palate is divine, caramelised orange, a touch of vanilla from the oak barrels and OH OH OH so rich. Yet on the finish it is not cloyingly sweet and is a pretty clean finish. Only a 500 bottle production unfortunately but if you can get it its worth the cost. RRP £60.00

Before I bore you all to death I have one more wine to share with you.

Simpsons Wine Estate “The Roman Road Chardonnay 2017”

Ashleigh from Simpsons was telling me that it wasn’t quite ready as it had only been bottled for less than 2 weeks, however they were really wanting to show the trade their new Chardonnay. This was their 2nd vintage of the wine only. On my initial tasting I was very impressed considering the length of time in the bottle and had barely had time to settle. I then tasted the wine another month later at the London Wine Fair and it was developing amazingly.

The Roman Road Chardonnay 2017 Bottle shot

This is an elegant Chardonnay, it has only spent for 3 months in French Oak.

Its fresh on the nose, with a lime zestiness and white peaches (just like the wonderful ripe white peaches I have in Italy for a true Bellini)

On the palate its mineral, citrus and super clean with the slightest touch of vanilla & spice on the finish.  This wine is very good. RRP £22.99

The Roman Road Vineyard, is situated alongside the route the Romans first marched when invading England in AD 43, bringing with them the first vines. FACT!

The reason I haven’t written about this tasting until now is very simple. I wanted to go and explore what I had locally, central UK, within an hour of my house for more still wine gems. These blogs will be ongoing over the next two weeks and are on small boutique vineyards.

White Castle Vineyard, Astley Vineyard, & Poulton Hill Vineyard.

Please see below links to all the vineyards at WINE GB and also the relevant associations of county’s too. Also a great resource is the WINEGB website. Please take the time and explore these wonderful vineyards.¬†

ORGANISERS

Wines of Great Britain

http://www.winegb.co.uk/visitors/ Twitter: @wine_GB

VINEYARDS EXHIBITING

A’BECKETT’S VINEYARD http://www.abecketts.co.uk   Twitter: @abecketts 

ALBOURNE ESTATE http://www.albourneestate.co.uk  Twitter: @Albourneestate 

ALDWICK COURT FARM http://www.aldwickcourtfarm.co.uk  Twitter: @aldwickcourtfrm 

AMBRIEL http://www.ambrielsparkling.com  Twitter: @Ambriel_uk 

BIDDENDEN VINEYARDS http://www.biddendenvineyards.com  Twitter: @biddendenvine 

BLACK CHALK http://www.blackchalkwine.co.uk  Twitter: @blackchalkwine 

BLUEBELL VINEYARD ESTATES http://www.bluebellvineyard.co.uk  Twitter: @BluebellWines

BOLNEY WINE ESTATE http://www.bolneywineestate.com  Twitter: @bolneyestate

BRIGHTWELL VINEYARD http://www.brightwellvineyard.co.uk

CAMEL VALLEY VINEYARD http://www.camelvalley.com  Twitter: @camelvalleybob & @camelwinemaker

CHAPEL DOWN http://www.chapeldown.com  Twitter: @ChapelDownWines

COATES & SEELY http://www.coatesandseely.com  Twitter: @coatesandseely 

COTTONWORTH WINES http://www.cottonworth.co.uk  Twitter: @cottonworthwines 

DANEBURY VINEYARD http://www.danebury.com Twitter: @daneburyfizz 

DENBIES WINE ESTATE LTD http://www.denbies.co.uk Twitter: @denbiesvineyard 

DIGBY FINE ENGLISH http://www.digby-fine-english.com  Twitter: @DigbyEnglish 

DUNLEAVY VINEYARD http://www.dunleavyvineyards.co.uk  Twitter: @DYvineyards

EXTON PARK VINEYARD http://www.extonparkvineyard.com  Twitter: @ExtonVineyard 

FURLEIGH ESTATE http://www.furleighestate.co.uk Twitter: @furleighwines 

GIFFORDS HALL VINEYARD LTD http://www.giffordshall.co.uk  Twitter: @giffordshall 

GREYFRIARS VINEYARD http://www.greyfriarsvineyard.co.uk  Twitter: @Greyfriarsvine 

GUSBOURNE ESTATE LTD http://www.gusbourne.com  Twitter: @gusbourne 

GWINLLAN CONWY VINEYARD http://www.conwyvineyard.co.uk  Twitter: @conwyvineyard 

HAMBLEDON WINERIES LIMITED http://www.hambledonvineyard.co.uk  Twitter: @Hambledonwine 

HARROW & HOPE http://www.harrowandhope.com  Twitter: @HarrowandHope 

HATTINGLEY VALLEY WINES http://www.hattingleyvalley.co.uk  Twitter: @hattingleywines 

HIDDEN SPRING VINEYARD http://www.hiddenspring.co.uk  Twitter: @hiddenspringuk 

HUSH HEATH ESTATE http://www.hushheath.com  Twitter: @HushHeath 

JENKYN PLACE VINEYARD http://www.jenkynplace.com  Twitter: @jenkynplacewine 

LANGHAM WINE ESTATE http://www.langhamwine.co.uk  Twitter: @LanghamWinery 

LLAETHLIW VINEYARD http://www.llaethliw.co.uk  Twitter: @Llaethliw 

LYME BAY WINERY http://www.lymebaywinery.co.uk Twitter: @LymeBayWineLtd 

MONTGOMERY VINEYARD http://www.montgomeryvineyard.co.uk Twitter: @montgomery_vy 

NYETIMBER http://www.nyetimber.com Twitter: @Nyetimber 

OXNEY ORGANIC ESTATE http://www.oxneyestate.com  Twitter: @oxneyestate 

RAIMES ENGLISH SPARKLING http://www.raimes.co.uk , Twitter: @RaimesSparkling 

RIDGEVIEW WINE ESTATE http://www.ridgeview.co.uk Twitter: @RidgeviewWineUK 

SIXTEEN RIDGES http://www.sixteenridges.co.uk Twitter: @16ridges 

SIMPSON WINES. https://simpsonswine.com/ Twitter: @simpsonwine

SMITH AND EVANS http://www.smithandevans.co.uk  Twitter: @smithandevans 

THREE CHOIRS VINEYARDS http://www.three-choirs-vineyards.co.uk  Twitter: @threechoirsnewent 

WESTWELL WINE ESTATES http://www.westwellwines.com  Twitter: @westwellwines

WHITE CASTLE VINEYARD http://www.whitecastlevineyard.com  Twitter: @Welshwines 

WINDSOR GREAT PARK VINEYARD http://www.windsorgreatparkvineyard.com 

WISTON ESTATE WINERY http://www.wistonestate.com  Twitter: @WistonSparkling 

WYFOLD VINEYARD http://www.wyfoldvineyard.com 

REGIONAL VINEYARD ASSOCIATIONS

SOUTH WEST VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://www.swva.info  Twitter: @SWVineyardsUK 

WELSH VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://www.winetrailwales.co.uk Twitter: @winetrailwales 

SOUTH EAST VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://www.seva.uk.com Twitter: @englishwinenews 

EAST ANGLIA VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://www.eastanglianwines.co.uk Twitter: @InfoEAVA 

THAMES & CHILTERNS VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION thameschilternsvineyards.org.uk 

MERCIAN VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://www.mercianvineyards.org.uk Twitter: @MercianVineyard 

WESSEX VINEYARDS ASSOCIATION http://wessex.wine 

I hope ALL of the above info is correct… If Not let me know and I will edit immediately.

 

Back in a few days……

 

Peter