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?
Intense deep plum inky black colour with aromas of black cherry, dark chocolate, hints of roasted coffee and spicy vanilla oak. An intense wine that is dry, full bodied with a velvety texture boasting a fine tannic structure, depth and a long finish of cocoa and vanilla.
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.