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 playful on the palate and will express greater delicacy and finesse with two or more years of ageing.
In the foothills of the mighty Mont Ventoux (famed for being one of the most ferocious climbs in the Tour de France) this ultra forward-looking producer has five distinct soil types at its disposal - a winemaker's dream. Head honcho, Richard Ohms, puts these diverse soil types to great use with a well-executed (and very smartly presented) range of wines that are packed with Provencal sunshine.
The grapes are fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 10-12 days at 25-28°C. No oak is used in the production at any point.
This is a gentle but very fruity blend of Grenache and Syrah with enough tannin and acidity to keep it fresh and appetising.
This wine is suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans.
Chianti Cecchi is characterised by a red ruby colour, which tends towards granite red when aged. On the nose it is intensely aromatic with notes of violets. On the palate it is well balanced with the classic signature of Chianti.
Chateau Musar Red wines are a varying blend of old vine, low yielding Cabernet Sauvignon, Cinsault and Carignan, approximately one third of each. Fermentation is in concrete, then the wine spends a year in the vat (each variety is vatted separately), then a year or so in French Never oak. It is blended in the 3rd year, put back into vat and bottled at the end of the 3rd year and cellared for up to 6 or 7 years before release. There is no fining, minimum filtration and sulphites are kept very low. Chateau Musar recommends decanting the Red wines 30 minutes to 2 hours prior to serving.
Intense crimson with youthful purple hues. Lifted blue fruits, plum, macerated blackberries and Christmas pudding-like spice flow out of the glass with spicy pepper, and hints of bramble and dark cocoa. The palate is generous with mouth filling sweet blackberry, raspberry and plums and lashings of sweet spice. Firm but fine tannins and dark chocolaty nuances continue throughout the lengthy palate with youthful finish.
Aromas of morello cherry and raspberry with complex earthy elements, mouthfilling on the palate with a good concentration of red berry fruits, a lick of smooth woody vanilla and a lovely supple, textured middle supported by very fine tannins. Elegant and complex despite its concentration with a well balanced and defined finish.
This wine is full of expressive Gamay characteristics with an elegant violet, iris and red fruit nose and a palate bursting with velvety tannins. A feminine wine with a long finish.
Intense ruby red in colour. The nose is fresh and pronounced with excellent fruit concentration. The palate is clean and well balanced, with a core of strawberry fruit combined with subtle vanilla flavours from American oak. The finish is juicy and long.
Bright ruby red in colour with intense aromas of red fruit. On the palate lively red and black fruit flavours abound with gentle hints of oak, spice and toast. Well rounded and wonderfully balanced with a remarkable freshness on the long finish.
Montes was established in1988 by Aurelio Montes, Douglas Murray, Alfredo Vidaurre and Pedro Grand, with the aim to produce the best wines in Chile from the best regions. We have long admired Montes and what they have done for Chilean wine over the past three decades. Their wines are consistently good because they are meticulous throughout the entire production process.
The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes for this wine come from the Colchagua Valley renowned for making excellent red wines. In Colchagua, the moderating breezes from the ocean are slow ripening allowing the wines to achieve perfect ripeness. Cool nights help to retain acidity giving freshness to the wines. All grapes were hand harvested.
The grapes were crushed before being transferred to temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for fermentation. Fermentation lasted for 12 days and the wine was kept in contact with the skins for 10 days to add colour and structure. After malolactic fermentation, 30% of the final blend was transferred to French oak barrels for eight months to add complexity.
Villa Montes Cabernet Sauvignon is deep ruby red in colour. On the nose, the wine has blackberry and blackcurrant aromas. The palate is medium bodied, with soft tannins, crisp acidity and a lingering finish.