In 2001 Gérard Gribelin and Philippe Gervoson fell in love with Domaine de la Zouina. Struck by the richness of the terroir, the particularity of the soil and the climate, they were certain that they could produce unique results and so they decided to translate their passion and wine-making knowledge from Pessac-Leognan to Morocco.
Once harvested the grapes are brought into a cold room and are sorted manually so that only the best grapes are used to make the wine. The fermentation is done at low temperature to maximise the fruit flavours. The wine is then aged in stainless steel tanks for 15 months before being released for sale.
This wine has notes of leather, tobacco and mocha. The colour is very deep, almost black with a ruby rim. The grapes used in the wine are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tempranillo – Cabernet Sauvignon is the dominant variety. There are round and soft tannins on the palate which balance the wine’s complexity perfectly. This enjoyable style of wine goes particularly well with all types of meats and cheeses.
ABV = 14.5%.
The Kozlović family have been making wine in the Istrian region of Croatia since 1904. The region borders Friuli and the wines, food and people have a real connection with their Italian neighbours. The winery is run by Gianfranco and Antonella Kozlović and they currently cultivate 25 hectares of vineyard. Gianfranco is a perfectionist and he is constantly striving to improve his wine. He takes a modern approach to winemaking and produces seriously good wines.
The Zmergo vineyards are situated at an altitude of 240 metres above sea level and have a southerly orientation to maximise the vine's exposure to the sun. The vines have an average age of 31 years and are grown in soils that are composed of flysch, limestone and clay. The Teran variety is characterised by high acidity and low tannins and makes wonderfully refreshing wines. The grapes are hand-harvested at optimum maturity.
The grapes were carefully sorted and underwent 10 days’ maceration, with fermentation taking place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperatures. The wine was then matured in wooden barrels of 30 hectolitres for eight months, prior to bottling.
Fresh and intense aromas of raspberry, blueberry and strawberry are complemented by hints of pepper and herbaceous notes. Bright and vibrant with silky tannins.
Teran is ideally served with lasagne, pasta with meatballs and a tomato based sauce, or grilled pork, lamb and game.
ABV = 13.0%.