Produced by Les Producteurs Réunis co-operative in the Languedoc.
Made from carefully selected fruit from 40 year old Carignan vines this wine is a lovely balance of traditional and modern. The Carignan is very typical of this part of southern France but is rarely seen on its own – it is more usually used in blends with other varieties such as Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault etc.
Modern wine making techniques, particulary the use of temperature-controlled stainless steel in fermentation, results in a very fruit driven style with hints of spice and tobacco amid the ripe red berry aromas. The palate is soft and silky with masses of juicy fruit and only a touch of the earthiness so typical of wine from this area.
Look past the slightly wacky label, this is a really impressive and excellent value red wine!
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 entire estate covers 110 hectares in the heart of the commune of Rovereto in Gavi, of which 40 are under vine. Two single vineyard wines are produced, both of which are unoaked so the character of each vineyard shines through.
Lugarara is a single vineyard at around 300 metres above sea level. Soils are grey marl with loose, sandy topsoil.
The grapes (100% Cortese) were handpicked in the last week of September. Upon arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed, then cool fermented in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Unoaked, the wine was bottled in the spring following the harvest.
Straw-yellow with a greenish hue. The wine‘s pronounced aromas of stone fruit and lime peel are followed by a subtle yet persistent bouquet of green apples. The palate is well balanced with a fresh acidity and good structure. Pleasant almond notes linger on the finish.
All of Allegrini’s impeccable wines are produced from estate-grown fruit from their 90 hectares of vineyard in the communes of Sant’ Ambrogio and Fumane. Across the range and from vintage to vintage, they have superb fruit, balance, intensity, length, elegance, tipicity and, above all, drinkability.
Each wine has winemaker Franco Allegrini’s distinct stamp of quality, but every one has its own distinctive character. They are among the elite of the world’s best producers of red wines.
The south-east facing vineyards are located in the hills of the Valpolicella Classico region at 150-250 metres above sea level. The soil there is very varied but mostly chalky, of volcanic origin. The vines are 32 years old on average.
The grapes were de-stalked before crushing, after which fermentation occurred at 25-31ºC in temperature-controlled stainless steel. Maceration lasted nine days and malolactic fermentation took place in December. The wine was held in stainless steel tanks until bottling in mid-February where it spent a further two months before release.
Ruby red in colour, with purplish-blue highlights. Fragrant fruit with prominent notes of dark cherries are echoed by fresher hints of pepper and aromatic herbs, typical of Corvina and its genetic cousin Corvinone, the historic varietals of this appellation. Whilst young, the Valpolicella is impressively lively and fresh and with age it takes on a fuller, rounder character.
The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain.
80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell (Mourvèdre) variety. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in the region.
This wine is 100% Monastrell from Las Gruesas and Pozuelo vineyards which are situated at an altitude 750m above sea level. The average age of the vines is 35 years old.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks for 8-10 days at 24-26°C. 50% of the wine was then aged in stainless steel tanks with the remaining half aged for six months in oak barrels of which 40% were new, 40% second fill and 20% third fill. The oak used was 75% French and 25% American.
Intense cherry red colour. Outstanding fruity expression with plums, figs and berries, intense mentholated balsamic aromas and perfectly integrated wood notes. Soft and silky on the palate, with elegant ripe tannins and a long, pleasant aftertaste.
A family winery that was founded in 1918 as Bodegas Arjona, but in 1983 the Navajas family became the sole shareholders and changed its name to Bodegas Navajas.
Navajas believes that the quality of the wine begins in the vineyards and for this reason they monitor and control the vineyards which belong to their growers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja.
The Tinto is 95% Tempranillo & 5% Mazuelo.
All the grapes are hand picked at the end of September/begining of October. Fermentation is in temperature controlled stainless steel vats using natural yeasts. The wine is blended before the malolactic fermentation takes place which is followed by a further few months ageing in steel prior to bottling.
Bright cherry red in colour, the nose is full of ripe red berries and a touch of spice. The palate is dry and soft with juicy fruit, gentle tannins and fine balancing acidity.
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOCa sub-zones of Rioja Alta, Rioja Baja and Rioja Alavesa. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker Cesar Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.
This wine is made from 91% Viura, 5% Verdejo and 4% Sauvignon Blanc from vineyards in the Rioja Alta and El Coto’s Finca Carbonera vineyard which, at 840 metres, is the highest in the entire Rioja region.
The grapes, upon arrival at the winery, are protected by a carbon dioxide blanket that avoids any oxidation. The same gas is used for cooling the grapes before being gently pressed in pneumatic presses. The must is then allowed to settle before the clear juice is fermented at low temperature using selected yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats – this enhances the extraction of white fruit aromas. No malolactic fermentation was allowed to take place and the wine was bottled without ageing to maximise freshness and crisp acidity.
The wine is pale lemon in colour with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus and tropical fruits. On the palate, it has lively acidity leading to a dry, fruity finish.
El Coto was founded in 1970 in Rioja Alavesa and has grown from modest beginnings into one of the best known Rioja producers. Today El Coto has over 700 hectares of vineyard in production across the three Rioja DOC sub-zones of Rioja Baja, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. They also source grapes from all three areas, but mostly from Rioja Alavesa. Head winemaker Cesar Fernandez oversees production, starting with hand-picking into 350 kg crates to ensure the grapes arrive at the winery in pristine condition. Modern and intelligently designed, the emphasis in the winery is on temperature control and gentle handling of the grapes.
Grapes for the Rioja Rosado – 90% Tempranillo & 10% Garncha – are sourced from Rioja Alavesa, Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. The soils are mainly limestone and clay. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel temperature controlled tanks at 15-20ºC over a period of 15-20 days. No malolactic fermentation is allowed to occur and the wine is bottled without ageing.
Lively pale pink in colour. The nose displays aromas of strawberries and raspberries. The palate is dry, with a wide range of red and dark fruits including strawberries and cherries. The finish is crisp with hints of fruit and flowers.
Founded in 1995, Calmel & Joseph is a négociant house specializing in Languedoc-Roussillon wines from private wineries from across the region. Over the years, they have built close personal relationships with a large number of growers from all appellations. Convinced of the extraordinary potential of this region, oenologist, Laurent Calmel, and Jerome Joseph work together on the vinification, blending and ageing of wines with the common purpose of demonstrating the little known, yet unique quality of these Mediterranean terroirs.
Marselan is a relatively recent creation being a crossed variety of Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Developed in the early 1960’s near the southern French town of Marseillan (hence the name), today it is most widely grown in the Languedoc.
The “Villa Blanche” is 100% Marselan, traditionally vinified in temperature controlled vats followed by six months in stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.
Very dark in the glass the nose is full with intense red and black fruit aromas and hints of spice. The wine shows an interesting tautness on the palate with lovely lively acidity and a full, supple character. The tannins are silky and elegant.