Awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2018 edition panel tasting of non-Provencale French rosé (see blue link below).
Gérard Bertrand is one of the most outstanding winemakers in the South of France. A biodynamic pioneer, he owns numerous estates among the most prestigious crus of Languedoc-Roussillon. Formerly the IWC Red Winemaker of the Year and winner of Wine Enthusiast‘s European Winery of the Year, Gérard has been cited as the “King of the Languedoc” among critics. Acquired in November 2011, Château la Sauvageonne is located northwest of Montpellier. With a long winemaking history, this Château is a legendary site. The combination of its orientation, its situation on the Larzac terraces at 300 meters altitude and the exceptional volcanic terroir, produces stunning wines of unique character.
The estate is located to the north-west of Montpellier, situated on the terraces of Causse du Larzac at between 150 and 350 metres of altitude. The vineyard's orientation, combined with its exceptional terroir give it a unique character. The soil consists of stones derived from sandstone or schist for the first 30 centimetres and then a layer of clay. Specifically the soil is made up of “Ruffes” which is a thin, filtering soil rich in minerals , such as bauxite, iron, aluminium and uranium; and sandstone with shale, which is deeper and broken up, allowing the creation of a water reserve. The landscape is moulded by the region’s volcanic past. The area is influenced by wide temperature ranges, with warm, sunny days and cooler, fresh summer nights brought about by breezes from the sea and the proximity to the Causse plateaus. These diurnal temperature differences are beneficial and encourage a slow, progressive ripening of the berries.
The grapes were hand picked between sunrise and 10am, in order to retain the freshness in the berries. The Grenache and Mourvèdre came from plots of old vines on the hill sides, which produce small berries with low yields. The Vermentino and Viognier are cultivated on the schist hill sides. The Grenache was co-fermented with the Vermentino and the Viognier. Full bunches of grapes were immediately pressed and only the free run juice and the juice from the first press were used to produce this cuvée. After a cold setting, the fermentation began in vats, followed by a partial fermentation in oak.
The bouquet offers up notes of crushed strawberries, sweet spice and floral notes of violet and hawthorne. Powerful and generous, with a velvety texture and a revitalising freshness. This wine is built on tension and stamped with a brilliant salinity. Delicious served with delicate fish dishes, poultry in a cream sauce or a selection of fresh cheese.
Goyenechea Winery was founded in 1868 by the brothers Santiago and Narciso Goyenechea. They began their business in Argentina by establishing wine and spirits stores in Buenos Aires. Later they went on to purchase an estate and winery in Villa Atuel, to the south of the Mendoza Province. Today, the fourth and fifth generations work together with the same dedication and commitment as their predecessors, making Goyenechea a true family-run business in the world of winemaking.
This wine is made using 100% Merlot from the Goyenechea La Vasconia Estate, in Villa Atuel.
After a short maceration, the must undergoes cold fermentation in stainless-steel tanks; it is made without the use of wood to preserve its freshness.
The Goyenechea Merlot Rosé is a bright and lively pink-coloured wine, which is fresh, and has good intensity. The floral and fruity aromas are typical of the variety. On the palate the wine is smooth, light, with a slight natural sweetness and strawberry and raspberry flavours. This young wine is perfect to drink chilled with sea-food, sweets or desserts.
The 2016 vintage was Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2018 edition review of Spanish Value Wines (under £20); (see blue link below) (NB: Decanter are showing the wrong bottle - the standard RB Rosado - in this review).
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue link below).
The growth cycle of the 2016 vintage was characterised by a delay of 15 days in comparison to a typical year. After a very cold end to the winter, spring saw the arrival of abundant showers. Summer was very dry especially towards the end of the vineyard's cycle. The quality of fruit produced in 2016 was very good.
The grapes were harvested manually into small 15kg crates which were refrigerated and taken to the winery where they remained in cool conditions for a further 24 hours. They then passed to the optical sorting table where only the best loose, whole, healthy grapes were selected. After gentle maceration and racking, the must is transferred to concrete eggs to settle before fermentation. The fermentation occurs over 20 days and is done at temperatures below 15°Cto conserve the wine's more delicate aromas. After fermentation the wine is left on its fine lees for around a month before bottling.
LaLomba Rosado has a pale peach colour which is both clear and bright. The aromas are complex with medium intensity with notes of fresh red fruits, apricot, lychee and citrus. There is also a hint of orange blossom and some delicate herbal notes. The palate is perfectly balanced and it recalls the fruity character foiund on the nose. This wine is ready to drink but can be laid down if necessary.
This is a great aperitif but also goes well with salmon, sushi and mussels.
Awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their October 2018 edition's 'Weekday Wines' (see blue link below).
The 2015 vintage was awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their August 2017 edition review of their Top 30 Rosés (see blue links below).
Las Fincas is the product of a long friendship between Julián Chivite and the Arzak family and their shared passion for rosé wines. The grapes come from vineyards in northern Navarra, which are influenced by Atlantic and Continental climates.
"We began to conceptualize our perfect rosé, that wine we would always want to drink, and from there Chivite Las Fincas was conceived. Our Garnacha and Tempranillo grapes are grown on the Finca de Legardeta, land that has belonged to my family for years, where the Atlantic-continental climate and soil have always contributed to the exceptional characteristics of all of our wines." Julian Chivite
The careful winemaking process is based around the traditional bleeding method, or saignée, which takes place after a brief maceration period allowing for the extraction of aromas, thus preserving the characteristic refinement of this wine. Low-temperature fermentation takes place over approximately 21 days in stainless steel tanks and then the wine is aged on its lees.
The Las Fincas Rosado is pale pink with intense fruity aromas – white stone fruit, pomegranate, fresh cherry, raspberry – with a delicate floral finish. The palate is smooth, balanced, unctuous, and lively, with a character and persistence that are surprising given the wine’s delicate appearance.
An excellent match for rice dishes, barbecue, white meats, seafood, and salads.
In Planeta’s early years, expertise came from a surprising source: Australia. The winemaker brought in by Diego Planeta was an Italian – Carlo Corino – but one who had soaked in the latest warm-climate winemaking secrets during a stint in New South Wales. Ever since, Planeta has managed to captured the intrinsic perfume and fresh flavours of Sicily’s grapes in their wines. The island estate pursued an unconventional approach to winemaking, with Planeta establishing a cult following for its barrel-aged Chardonnay, at a time when most other Italian whites were typically consumed straight out of the fermenter. This early success gave Planeta the credibility it needed to open the world’s eyes to the charms of Sicily’s indigenous grape varieties, ushering in a broad range of wines that today owes as much to Grecanico and Nero d’Avola as it does to the winery’s signature Chardonnay.
This wine is made using 50% Nero d’Avola 50% Syrah.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.
Neal and Judy Ibbotson were pioneers in the Marlborough wine industry, first planting vineyards in the valley in 1978 and then establishing Saint Clair Family Estate in 1994. They own 160 hectares of vineyard in 10 different Marlborough locations chosen specifically for the attributes of their individual "terroir" and ability to produce top quality grapes. Neal Ibbotson combines his extensive expertise in viticulture with the talent of one of New Zealand's leading winemaking teams led by Hamish Clark. Since 1994, when wines from the first vintage all won medals including gold, the name Saint Clair has been synonymous with quality and its award-winning record continues today. This is a sentiment shared by Bob Campbell MW, who says “Saint Clair now makes the country’s and perhaps the world’s best Sauvignon Blanc”.
Flowering conditions in December were perfect, followed by the hottest temperatures Marlborough has experienced in January. February produced a month of rainfall. Despite these challenging weather conditions, the fruit ripened well - 10 days earlier than usual. Effective methods of canopy management and cropping levels, plus extended dry periods in March kept disease to a minimum. Lower yields produced ripe and intensely flavoured fruit in 2018.
In 2001 Saint Clair introduced a ‘grading system’ for each of its vineyards and marks them out of 10 for quality each year. This provides valuable information in terms of which vineyards provide the best fruit and which varieties produce the best quality within each of the vineyards. The grading system is also used extensively as a management tool for identifying and improving best vineyard practices. The vineyards are carefully managed, using a sustainable approach with minimal use of vineyard sprays, maintaining an open canopy with good light and airflow, leaf plucking, fruit and shoot thinning and selection.
The fruit was harvested in the cool of the night in order to retain freshness and capture the fruit flavours. The grapes spent only a few hours on skins to extract the delicate flavour, aroma and colour and were then carefully pressed. After settling, the juice was fermented in 100% stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to retain the pure fruit flavours and freshness. The wine was then stabilised and prepared for bottling.
This wine is made using Pinot Gris 94%, Malbec 3%, Pinot Noir 2%, Pinot Blanc 1%.
Pale watermelon blush in colour, this is a refreshing rosé with aromatic pink grapefruit, summer berries and lemon blossom on the nose. It is beautifully balanced, with a juicy palate of ripe watermelon, nashi pear and pink grapefruit flavours. An ideal match with salmon, grilled fish or summer salads.
The Running Duck range is made by Stellar Organics – the pioneer winery from Western South Africa. The wines are certified organic and have also been made according to “Fair for life” guidelines. This social & fair trade certification ensures that human rights are guaranteed at any stage of production, that workers enjoy good and fair working conditions and that smallholder farmers receive a fair price.
The brand is named after the Indian Runners ducks sent roaming into the vineyards to eat snails and other threats to the vines. This is natural pest control and allows the winery not to use pesticides and other harmful chemicals.
This wine has a lovely strawberry pink colour. Ripe strawberry and raspberry dominate the flavours. It has fresh acidity and a tropical fruity finish. This wine goes well with pizza, pasta dishes, cheeses and salad.
When Brigitte and Jean-Pierre Fayard first discovered Château Sainte Marguerite in 1977 it was love at first sight, and the beginning of an ambitious venture which was to inspire the whole family. Over the years the children, together with their spouses, became part of the project, each of them contributing their various skills across all the estate’s activities: viticulture, oenology, design, commerce…. A dynamic and close knit unit, the Fayard family is driven by enthusiasm, a sense of rigor, perseverance, and animated by a permanent quest for excellence.
Recognised since 1955, Château Sainte Marguerite is one of only 18 prestigious wine estates that have been awarded the status of Cru Classé of Provence. With their concern for the environment, the Fayard family are precursors in the field and have practiced 100% organic farming since 2003, certified by ECOCERT. Going a step further than organic agriculture, Château Sainte Marguerite’s production is 100% vegan, with no use of animal products or derivatives.
The Fayard family describe the Symphonie wines as "the fruit of a permanent quest for excellence and the skilful command of an exceptional terroir." This wine offers a good example of the best of Provence in an exceptional bottle of stunning design. Subtle and harmonious, it offers a gustative symphony that will render sublime your moments of pleasure and gastronomy.
It was made using Grenache 70%, Cinsault 30%.
This wine is floral and delicate with aromas of white flowers and passion fruit. Symphonie Rosé is a great wine for matching with food and is at its best when served with fine cuisine and high quality produce. Enjoy with truffle and scallop risotto, seafood, sushi and Thai dishes.
The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia represent the Frescobaldi’s expression of modern Tuscan wines: influenced and inspired by the Mediterranean sun, sea and coastal breezes. The modern Ammiraglia winery, designed by the architect Piero Sartogo, is reminiscent of the prow of a ship pointing towards the sea. Perfectly integrated amid the hills and covered with greenery, it combines the most recent technological innovations with respect for the land and surrounding nature. The wines of Tenuta Ammiraglia are distinguished by the freshness, minerality and richness of the fruit.
Located in Magliano in the Maremma on the southern tip of Tuscany, the Ammiraglia estate boasts 150 hectares of vineyards that blanket gently rolling hills overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea. In this area the amount of sun and reflected light reach the highest levels and together with the marine breezes create particularly favourable growing conditions. To enhance the unique character of this territory a reservoir was created to collect water and give freshness to the vineyards during the driest months of the year. The combination of all of these factors, impart the wines of Ammiraglia with exceptional richness and aromas that are unique to Maremma.
See blue link below for the excellent fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers.
Syrah 95%, Vermentino 5%.
Refined and elegant, Alìe is characterised by its delicate rose colour and subtle peach highlights. Enveloping and well rounded on the palate, with citrus notes of pink grapefruit and a hint of cherry underpinned by a streak of minerality. A beautifully balanced wine, with an intense and persistent finish. Alìe partners beautifully with smoked fish, particularly salmon, as well as with prosciutto, lighter meats, poultry and fish. It is particularly recommended with spicy dishes and Asian cuisine.
Proudly made in California, this fantastic wine is full of fruity flavours to "delight your taste buds and tickle your fancy" according to the lovely folks at Bulletin!
Made from Zinfandel grapes, this juicy rose is bursting with flavours of watermelon, cherries and raspberries yet is refreshing bright and crisp on the palate.
Perfect with spicy Chilli Tempura King Prawns or Calamari. It is also fabulous to enjoy with friends and is a perfect wine for parties and barbecues.
French for "grape harvest," Vendange is passionate about crafting well-balanced, approachable wines that are always fresh and ready to enjoy.
A bright pink in colour with a bursting, floral strawberry nose. Crisp, sweet with simple raspberry and jasmine flavors highlight the light-bodied and juicy mouthfeel. Finishing clean and refreshing, this is an enticing selection.
A lively, fruity rosé wine with aromas of red summer fruits and an attractive sweetness on the palate.
The Château de l'Aumérade is a 400-year-old estate located in in the heart of Provence. Originally belonging to the Aumerat family, the traditional Mas property dates back to the Renaissance period. In 1594, the Duke of Sully, Henry VI's finance minister, presented the Château with a Mulberry tree and Plane trees for their luxurious gardens, as a gift for supplying the Royal Court. In 1930, a young Henri Fabre senior and his wife Charlotte, fell in love with the Château de l'Aumérade, with its 300 hectares of estate vineyards and purchased it from the Aumerat family. The Château was designated as a Cru Classé when the Provence appellation was created in 1955, a system classifying the wine estate rather than the vineyard area. It is one of only 18 that still remain in the designation. The Château is currently run by Henri Fabre Junior and his sister Marie-Christine.
The Cuvée Marie-Christine rosé is made exclusively from an 89-hectare Cru Classé land parcel, located on the plains of Pierrefeu. The mineral rich terroir of red clay and limestone soils in this parcel provide good drainage and the vines receive a cooling ventilation from the salty Mistral winds blowing in from the sea just a few miles away.
The grapes were immediately destemmed and gently pressed to preserve the fresh, fruity aromatics. The juice was cooled to 13°C and settled. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of between 15 to 18°C, retaining the purity of fruit. Racking and blending was followed by a gentle filtration prior to bottling.
Cinsault 35%, Grenache 35%, Syrah 30%.
A lovely pale powder-pink hue, with refreshing aromas of grapefruit leading to succulent peach and apricot on the palate. Fruit forward and full, with a hint of spice, this elegant rosé has a refreshing acidity and a long finish. Serve chilled as an elegant apéritif or as an ideal accompaniment to Mediterranean or lightly spiced Asian cuisine; sushi, exotic fusion food and grilled fish.
This wine is suitable for vegan and vegetarians.
Pale salmon pink in colour with a subtle nose of fresh berries. On the palate the wine is delicate and elegant with layers of herbals notes, berry fruits and strawberries with a clean, crisp finish.