The late Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-flavoured wines at an affordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them.
Light golden in appearance, the nose has citrus, peach, pear, nectarine and honey and just a touch of oak.
The palate is rich, sweet and rounded with peach, citrus and a slight touch of refreshing acidity to give this wine a beautifully balanced and lingering finish.
The wines from the Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise appellation are created by adding a neutral grape spirit to the partially fermented grape juice of the Muscat grape to produce what the French call a vin doux naturel (naturally sweet wine). The addition of the spirit kills off the yeasts and leaves the wine high in alcohol (15%) as well as high in residual sugar.
The house and cellars of Mme Castaud-Maurin’s lovely property are in the village of Beaumes de Venise itself, while the 17 hectares of Muscat à petits grains, 25% of which are in fact ‘noirs’, are on the lower slopes of Mont Ventoux – a quite beautiful situation.
The wine has a fine delicate character of almonds and apricots, and the use of black Muscat gives it a lovely orange tint in the glass.
Established in 1875 by Vito Curatolo Arini, the winery is now run by the fifth generation of Curatolos, making it the oldest family-owned Marsala producing business.
Their stunning label was designed by Ernesto Basile, a famous architect in Palermo in the latter part of the 19th century and is very much in the art deco style.
Temperature controlled slow fermentation at 20-25°C. The base wine is 12% in alcohol and has a minimum residual sugar level of 20 grams per litre. Alcohol, mistella (fresh grape must with added alcohol) and mosto cotto (concentrated fresh grape must which is traditionally “cooked” until it reduces to a third of its initial volume) are then added to the base wine, giving it a final alcohol content of 18%, the desired sugar level and the traditional flavour. The wine is then aged for over five years (minimum two years by law) in 150 hectolitre Slovenian oak casks.
Dark amber in colour, with aromas of dried figs, sultanas and caramel. This wine is round and soft on the palate with fresh notes of dried fruit, nuts and honeysuckle with a pleasant, sweet and clean finish.
Originally started by a group of growers, SIVIPA (Sociedade Vinicola de Palmela) is now the company name enveloping all wines made by the Cordoso family. Whilst Filipe Cordoso is in control as winemaker, the vineyards are still owned and maintained by his siblings and cousins, distributed as inheritance from previous generations.
The main winery is that of Quinta do Piloto, in Palmela. This winery, along with its concrete fermentation vessels, dates back beyond that of SIVIPA, as it has been in the Cordoso family for 3 generations.
Their 400 hectares of vines can mainly be found on the flat, sandy soils of the penisula, to the East of Palmela with the Moscatel (Muscat) grown on higher altitude sites.
The sweetness of this wine is achieved by adding grape spirit at an early stage in the fermentation process, taking the alcohol level up to 17%.
The wine displays all the hallmarks of classic muscat from Portugal. A lovely rich golden colour, it has dried fruit, caramel, spices, florals and especially citrus orange peel on the nose . The palate is sweet marmalade flavours, and the 140 g/L residual sugar is balanced by great acidity.
Delightful paired with fruity puddings or just on its own!
Situated in the heart of the Monbazillac appellation, Château Haut Bernasse has 14 ha of vines with an enviable southerly aspect and a climate that allows the early morning mist and fog to burn off as the sun rises giving perfect conditions for the development of Botrytis cinerea (Noble Rot).
The 2004 is made up of 85% Sémillon, 10% Muscadelle & 5% Sauvignon Blanc from vines with a minimum age of 25 years. The grapes were hand harvested and pressed in a pneumatic press. Fermentation, using wild yeast, is in stainless steel followed by 2 years ageing in cask.
The wine has a lovely deep golden colour and a nose with ripe fruit aromas and honeyed notes. The palate is full and luscious with layers of intense fruit and marmalade flavours supported by a fine core of balancing acidity.
A mature wine from the renowned Sauternes property of Château Filhot.
“Gold Reserve” 1998 is a light and elegant style. Not the sweetest of Sauternes but full of dried fruit and marmalade flavours. It is well suited as an aperitif or to partner rich savoury dishes such as rich pâtés, or cheeses (especially Roquefort). If you want to use it as a dessert wine choose a light, fruit dish.
The Tokaj Dorgó Vineyard is a selection specifically made by Disznókö Estate’s team led by winemaker László Mészáros.
The Dorgó vineyard is located in a beautiful setting at the southern approaches of the Tokaj wine region. Mostly planted with Furmint grapes on volcanic clay soil between 150 and 200 metres above sea level.
The Dorgó Late Harvest is 95 % Furmint and 5 % Zéta from carefully selected botrytised grapes picked at the end of October / begining of November. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and fermented in stainless steel. The wine is then aged for 6 months in 2 and 3 year old, 225 litre barriques.
A pale, golden colour, the nose has aromas of apricot and peach with hints of honey and vanilla. The palate is rich with a creamy structure supported by good acidity. The finish is long and persistent.
Late Harvest makes a great aperitif, is ideal with rich savoury dishes like pâté or a perfect partner to light, fruit based puddings. After opening, it can be kept in the fridge for two weeks.
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