The wine offers a deep ruby red colour with violet reflections and an intense aroma of mature dark fruits. Cabernet Franc blended with Shiraz gives the wine firm acidity, smooth tannins with a natural sweet accent. Good concentration of flavour with clear focus on fruits makes this an elegant and balanced red from Fratelli.
It shows off a very refined style, both in the nose and in the mouth. Its careful oak cask ageing gives the wine an ultimate dimension that turns it into an irresistible one. A full bodied wine, with complex structure and surprising notes of red berries, eucalyptus, spice and black pepper. After a year in the bottle, it becomes more unctuous in character, intense and concentrated.
When Graeme, one of our suppliers, put this on the tasting bench here, our eyebrows were probably where yours are now. Macedonia? Vranec? Really? Do you have nothing better? But we’re an open-minded bunch so we a) read about it and b) actually tried it. And that’s why it’s here. Jancis Robinson describes Vranec as a “very promising red grape variety… rich in extract… responding unusually well to oak ageing...there is an element of refreshing bitterness on the finish”. Put in terms of what you and we might more readily recognise, we say: think big, intense,southern Italian (Aglianico, Primitivo) but with a heap more structure (say, Mourvèdre). Deep, inky plum colour, aromas of Morello cherry, crushed blackberry, roasted coffee and liquorice; dry, full-bodied, velvety, engaging but rounded tannins. Great with all red meats, baked dishes and mature cheeses. Have we convinced you yet?
Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their December 2016 edition review of Etna Rosso (see blue link below).
Volcano! One of the largest producers in the region, Tornatore owns 46 hectares of vineyards on the north side of Mount Etna, 1,000m above sea level.
Ruby red with faint purple, typical of this variety which is not very rich in colour. Clear hints of red berries, morello cherry and black cherry on the nose. The taste is characterized by balanced tannins and a surprising fullness, flavour and persistence.
Bright ruby red in colour, this wine has complex aromas of red fruits, lightly spiced with an elegant toasted note. The palate reflects the nose with a red fruit character, well-supported by a full-bodied structure, balanced, mature tannins and a long, evolved finish.
Dark cherry colour. Intense nose of blackcurrant and cherry, with hints of smoke and meat. Big supple palate. Fine tannins. Soft but not too sweet. Ripe red fruits, hints of herb, musk and spice. Very good.
Les Celliers de Meknès is a private company responsible for about 20% of Morocco’s wine production. The Appellation Guerrouane is a region of northern Morocco, located south of the imperial city of Meknès in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean. This area has been known for producing wines for more than 2000 years and certainly since the time of the Roman Empire.
The vineyards are at an altitude of 550 metres and benefit from a dry, sunny climate and sandy soils giving subtle, easy to drink wines.
This wine is 100% Carignan with notes of herbs, pepper, cherries and raspberries. It is smooth with light tannins and a delightful spicy character.