Alpha Zeta was created in 1999 by UK wine importer, David Gleave MW, and New Zealand winemaker, Matt Thomson with this belief in mind. They realised that the key is to marry local grape growers with impeccable winemaking. All Alpha Zeta wines are made from indigenous grape varieties grown in the hills north-east of Verona. The flavours of the grape shine through in the glass offering great value, quality and balance. Matt works with local Veronese grape growers in hillside vineyards to select parcels of fruit, rather than buying in bulk wine. They have worked together to reduce yields and the grapes are now picked later. In this way, they have been able to improve grape quality and obtain riper flavours.
The vineyards are situated in the hills outside Verona in the Valpantena Valley. Cool currents blow down the valley from the foothills of the Dolomites, which helps to moderate the climate, enabling the grapes to ripen slowly. This helps the grapes to retain their aromatic compounds and acidity. The soil is poor and chalky so the vines are put under stress which helps to produce superior quality fruit.
The grapes were hand harvested, destemmed, crushed and macerated on skins for about 18 hours. After maceration, the must was pressed and fermented at a relatively low temperature (14-15°C) in order to retain the delicate cherry perfumes of Corvina. The wine was held in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks until bottling to maximise freshness.
In the glass, the wine is pale pink in colour with a hint of red. Attractive strawberry and sweet cherry aromas are complemented by subtle floral notes. Dry on the palate, the wine has a vibrant red fruit character and fragrant finish.
A red cherry colour with hints of purple. Fresh on the nose with cherry and almond blossom, a hint of dog rose and notes of red fruits. In the mouth it has a tight attack and good weight which is kept lively with savoury structure and lifted acidity. Good
Merlot makes a great rosé, light and refreshing with a pleasant summer-fruit fragrance and flavour.
Lovely salmon-pink colour, this fruity Rosato has delicate perfumes of red cherries and strawberries. The palate is dry and intense with lingering strawberry hints on the finish.
The Castaño family owns over 410 hectares of vineyards in the Yecla DO in south-eastern Spain. 80% of these vineyards are planted with the native Monastrell variety. Castaño symbolises the best of what southern Spain has to offer: rich, warm climate wines made from grapes grown at altitude and transformed into robustly modern wines. For several generations, Bodegas Castaño has been a pioneer in the region.
The Castaño Monastrell Rosé is grown in the Castaño family vineyards, situated in the north of Yecla located at an altitude of 750m above sea level. The vineyards are dry-farmed and the vines are grown on poor, limestone soil. The roots of the vines therefore grow deep into the earth in search for precious minerals and nutrients, which in turn helps to ensure healthy, ripe, flavoursome grapes.
The wine is made 100% from Monastrell. Grapes undergo a direct pressing without maceration of the skins. Fermentation takes place at 16C in stainless steel and undergoes cold stabilisation before bottling. This Monastrell Rosado offers fresh, red fruits on the nose. On the palate it is soft and fruity, with prominent cherry and strawberry flavours, vibrant acidity and a long, lifted finish.
Following cool fermented liquid is pumped over the skins for maximum colour extraction. Mouth-watering red berry aromas and ripe, succulent strawberry flavours integrate seamlessly in this delicious crisp and dry rose.
Lively pale pink in colour. The nose displays aromas of strawberries and candied raspberries. The palate is dry, with a wide range of red and dark fruits, including strawberries and cherries. The finish is crisp with hints of fruit and flowers.
This fresh, dry Rosé Merlot has a slight residual sweetness. It develops on the palate an intense flavor of crushed strawberries. Fruity, fresh, lively, wonderful to drink.
Jean Luc is pioneering vineyard development in a beautiful, scenic area just north of Marseille and this wine is close his heart reflecting the style he wants to make from this area. A light, refreshing, dry rosé with abundant yet subtle red fruit characters dominated by powerful aromas, reminiscent of the Mediterranean scrubland (garrigue). On the palate, notes of black olives , herbs and fresh fruit evoke the terroir of the Mediterranean coast. The beautiful and aptly named Blue Coast in a glass.
Situated on the slopes of the Helderberg Mountain, in the heart of South Africa's most famous wine region Stellenbosch, Ken Forrester's vineyards are commonly referred to as the Home of Chenin Blanc and other premium award-winning wines. Over the years their range of top quality wines has received massive national and international acclaim with literally hundreds of awards and accolades. Ken Forrester’s philosophy has always been to create a range of handcrafted, individually made wines that suitably complement a wide variety of food styles and provide excellent value.
The grapes for this rosé are from vineyards dedicated to Rosé, the fruit is hand harvested as if to produce a white wine with high natural acidity, hence no added acid in the cellar. The grapes are crushed and pressed, leaving the skins soaking for an hour or two. This infuses the delicate copper salmon colour unique for Grenache and a cold fermentation in stainless tanks ensures an elegant wine.
This very elegant Rosé overwhelms the nose with aromas of freshly picked strawberries, rose petal and cherry flavours. It follows through on the palate with delicious ripe raspberries with a delicate finish.
Ageing potential - Should last half an hour with the cap off and reach for the next bottle!
Molino Loco is made by the Castaño family and takes its name from the windmill ('molino') that sits on the edge of their vineyards from where the fruit is sourced. In contrast to other windmills, which turn in windy conditions, this particular windmill is "loco", the Spanish for crazy, as it turns only on calm, still days.
The vineyards are situated at an altitude of 750 metres above sea level. They are dry-farmed and the limestone soil is poor, meaning that the roots of the vines grow deep into the earth in their search for minerals and nutrients. This helps to ensure healthy, ripe and flavoursome grapes. The Monastrell vineyards are over 50 years old.
Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a temperature of 15ºC for 15-16 days. No malolactic fermentation or oak ageing took place. This preserved the natural fruit purity and freshness that is so typical of the Molino Loco style.
With intense and attractive white fruit and citrus aromas, it is really juicy and fresh on the palate, with the fruity aromatic notes too. Persistent, soft finish.
Inspired by a pink Sicilian sunset, this wine has a light and attractive nose with notes of rose petals, pomegranate and strawberries. On the palate, the wine is silky smooth, light and fresh with no angularity and a beautiful finish.
Excellent strawberry pink colour. Ripe strawberry and raspberry flavours. It has fresh acidity and a tropical fruity finish. This wine goes well with Pizza, pasta dishes, cheeses and salad. Colombar 98%, Pinotage 2%