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Introducing 4 New Products This September
Posted September 9, 2009 | 0 Comments
SELECTION INTERNATIONAL SERIES
The blending of these three grapes is a classic, originating in the South of France where Côtes du Rhone and Chateauneuf du Pape concentrate on these varieties. The small, thick skinned berries are deep blue-black in colour, high in extract, flavour, aroma and tannin. Grenache also thrives in hot climates and warm soils, producing deep purple, sugar-rich, burly ripe fruit, it offers a cornucopia of dense, lusty aromas and flavours of black cherry, blackcurrant, jam, pepper and liquorice with an explosively mouth filling texture and deceptively heady alcohol Mourvèdre also favours a warm climate and abundant. The tiny berries are deep blue-violet in colour, with extremely thick skins and high sugars, acidity, colour and tannin, making Mourvèdre an excellent contributor of structure and density in the blend. Mourvèdre is an especially good foil for Grenache’s lusher, low-acid, and low-tannin fruit. The three grapes together make for a blend of length, power, and fruitiness and above all, balanced intensity of flavour.
CHILEAN SAUVIGNON BLANC
The character of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc is noticeably less acidic than the wines of New Zealand and similar to the French style (typical of Chilean wines). The Sauvignon Blanc vine buds late but ripens early, which allows it to perform well in sunny climates when not exposed to overwhelming heat: when subjected to high heat the grapes quickly become over-ripe and produce wines with dull flavours and flat acidity. Sauvignon Blanc produces the best wines in cooler climate appellations such as the Maipo Valley area. A gorgeous nose of honeydew, peach and gooseberry is followed by a silky palate with white peach and mineral flavours and a long finish. Bright, crisp and inviting at three months it’s refreshingly complex and tropical, and will develop notes of basil and mint with age.
WORLD VINEYARD SERIES
SOUTH AFRICAN CHENIN BLANC
Chenin Blanc is a late ripening grape, which brings intense flavour development. Unusual for a grape that hangs so long, it retains crisp acidity, underpinning bright flavours of green apple, tropical fruit and melons, with a distinctly floral nose and a juicy quenching finish.
Nebbiolo grapes take their name from fog (nebbia). Notoriously demanding to grow, they require sheltered south-facing sites with welldrained chalky soil, but yield grapes with high tannins, good extract and very importantly for this long-lived style, bracing acidity for structure and ageability.
Medium in body with a luminous dark cherry colour Winexpert World Vineyard Barolo has rich, spicy fruit and delivers the true character of the grape and land. Typical flavours are cherries, violets, black licorice, truffles and it finishes with rich, chewy, deep and long-lasting flavour. Burly, assertive ‘chewy’ wine, it is not for the faint of heart, but for those seeking intensity and complexity, there is nothing else like Barolo.
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