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Monthly Archives: August 2014

  • Ferrari’s Michelin-starred Harrods pop-up

    Ferrari’s Maximum Rosé NV has been chosen by Italian chef Carlo Cracco to match with one of his Michelin-starred creations at a month-long residency at Harrods this September. The pop-up launches Stelle di Stelle, Harrods’ five-month celebration of all things Italian featuring five famous chefs with 13 Michelin stars to their collective names. 

    Carlo Cracco’s Ristorante Cracco is a two Michelin-starred restaurant in Milan, known for its cutting edge gastronomy. Cracco’s recent TV exposure on Masterchef Italia and Italy’s version of Hell’s Kitchen has made him a household name back home, but here in London he will be using only his culinary skills to win the hearts of the discerning clientele of the UK’s most iconic department store.

    Ferrari’s Maximum Rosé NV is comprised of 70% Pinot Nero and 30% Chardonnay with the wine resting for a minimum of three years on its lees. The wine is elegant yet forthright, full of aromas of wild berries and freshly baked bread. It is an excellent food wine that can be matched throughout a meal due to its complexity of flavours. For Stelle di Stelle, Cracco is matching the wine with a dish of fresh tomato pulp, mozzarella and basil seeds.

    At the end of September, Cracco will pass the mantle to Annie Féolde’s Enoteca Pinchiorri for the month of October:  Annie will be followed by Gennaro Esposito of Torre del Saracino, Enrico Crippa’s Piazza Duomo and Enrico and Roberto of Cerea’s Da Vittorio.

    The Stelle di Stelle pop-up will be open until Saturday 31st January 2015.

  • Pioneers and Personalities - Truro

    For more than 40 years Enotria have been sourcing inspiration from across the globe, seeking out the true pioneers of wine,and building a portfolio that encapsulates a wealth of talent – from small artisan winemakers to iconic names.

    At the Pioneers and Personalities event in Truro we bring you a selection of exciting producers, and a line-up of Enotria’s finest, as hand-picked by the team.

    25 September 2014 10.00AM – 3.00PM

    These are the producers who are driven to create new styles of wine, gain recognition for new terroirs and hone their craft through research and experimentation. Through their determination to succeed and to explore all possibilities, these respected figures have become the benchmarks for their regions, styles and varieties.

    This tasting celebrates the work of these winemakers and vignerons, bringing you closer to the dedication that turned their dreams into a reality. These people have championed the grapes no one else believed in, persisted in farming land that others rejected and used methods that regional traditionalists often disapproved of.

    Come along and taste a selection of wines from the world’s best winegrowing regions, poured by the families and winemakers that make the magic happen.

    RSVP to tasting@enotria.co.uk by Thursday 18 September

    Venue:

    Alverton Hotel Tregolls Road Truro Cornwall TR1 1ZQ

  • Pioneers and Personalities - Birmingham

    For more than 40 years Enotria have been sourcing inspiration from across the globe, seeking out the true pioneers of wine, and building a portfolio that encapsulates a wealth of talent – from small artisan winemakers to iconic names.

    At the Pioneers and Personalities event in Birmingham we bring you a selection of exciting producers, and a line-up of Enotria’s finest, as hand-picked by the team.

    24 September 2014 10.00AM – 4.00PM

    These are the producers who are driven to create new styles of wine, gain recognition for new terroirs and hone their craft through research and experimentation. Through their determination to succeed and to explore all possibilities, these respected figures have become the benchmarks for their regions, styles and varieties.

    This tasting celebrates the work of these winemakers and vignerons, bringing you closer to the dedication that turned their dreams into a reality. These people have championed the grapes no one else believed in, persisted in farming land that others rejected and used methods that regional traditionalists often disapproved of.

    Come along and taste a selection of wines from the world’s best winegrowing regions, poured by the families and winemakers that make the magic happen.

    RSVP to tasting@enotria.co.uk by Thursday 18 September

    Venue:

    The Old Ikon Gallery Fazeley Studios 191 Fazeley Street Digbeth Birmingham B5 5SE

  • Autumn Portfolio Tasting - London

    For more than 40 years Enotria have been sourcing inspiration from across the globe, seeking out the true pioneers of wine, and building a portfolio that encapsulates a wealth of talent – from small artisan winemakers to iconic names.

    At the Autumn Portfolio Tasting we bring you a selection of exciting producers, and a line-up of Enotria’s finest, as hand-picked by the team.

    23 September 2014 10.30AM – 6.30PM

    PIONEERS and PERSONALITIES

    These are the producers who are driven to create new styles of wine, gain recognition for new terroirs and hone their craft through research and experimentation. Through their determination to succeed and to explore all possibilities, these respected figures have become the benchmarks for their regions, styles and varieties.

    This tasting celebrates the work of these winemakers and vignerons, bringing you closer to the dedication that turned their dreams into a reality. These people have championed the grapes no one else believed in, persisted in farming land that others rejected and used methods that regional traditionalists often disapproved of.

    Come along and taste over 150 wines from the world’s best winegrowing regions, poured by the families and winemakers that make the magic happen.

    ENOTRIA SELECTS

    To make the tasting an altogether more personal affair, we have let the London sales team loose on our portfolio! They perused and pored over our entire list and have hand-picked a selection of their favourites, as well as some of our newest signings, to give you plenty of ideas for your autumn and winter lists.

    The line-up will include wines from:

    Quinta da Passarela, Domain Sylvain Gaudron, Domaine Henri Delagrange, Carrick,  Heartland Wines, Henschke, Trimbach, Fontanafredda, Jermann, Bertani, Strandveld, Marqués de Riscal, Domaine Jacques Prieur, Château de la Maltroye, Domaine Brusset, Camel Valley and Weingut Knipser.

    THE PARCEL PROJECT

    Sourced from a selection of our existing producers, these are wines that are made in tiny batches and are usually reserved for cellar door or private collectors, but we have managed to get hold of a small allocation of each and we’ll be releasing them at the Autumn Portfolio Tasting. We’ll be taking orders on the dayand when they’re gone, they’re gone – so don’t miss out on this wonderful collection.

    Highlights include:

    Skillogalee’s Sparkling Riesling, Candido’s Cassio Dione, Beaujolais Blanc from Domaine du Vissoux, Alma Albariño from Franck Massard, Red Rooster Pinot Gris from Peller Estates and the launch of Pamela Geddes’ Lobban – an extraordinary sparkling Shiraz from Calatayud

    RSVP to tasting@enotria.co.uk by Thursday 18 September

    Venue:

    The Music Room 26 South Molton Lane Mayfair London W1K 5LF

  • Happy Halliday for Glaetzer

    Although the bank holiday was a damp squib for most, ('wettest ever' according to the Metro newspaper) Glaetzer were celebrating the news that James Halliday has named the company an “Outstanding five star winery” in his 2015 Edition of the Australian Wine Companion. He also awarded all four of Glaetzer’s wines with scores of over 93 points.

    The Glaetzer family were among the earliest recorded grape growers in the Barossa and Clare Valleys, but it was more than a century later that Colin Glaetzer began making wines under the family name.

    Today, Colin’s son Ben is in charge, sourcing most of the Glaetzer fruit from selected third and fourth generation growers in Ebenezer, a small sub-region of the northern Barossa. Here, ungrafted bush vines of up to 110 years old, with yields as low as 1–2 tonnes per hectare, produce wines of particular elegance and intensity.

    Ben’s prodigious talent helped make him, in 2005, the youngest ever ‘Baron of the Barossa’ – a fraternity of the Barossa Valley whose life membership is granted by invitation only.

    Below are James Halliday’s tasting notes and scores for the wines. All vintages are currently available, with allocations of Amon-Ra arriving in a week's time for sale early September.

    Amon-Ra Shiraz 2012 - 97 POINTS  - available beginning September

    “Full, deep purple-crimson; filled to the brim with blackberry, satsuma plum, licorice, spice and dark chocolate, it carries its alcohol without faltering; its well-inserted, high quality, cork should allow it to reach its destiny somewhere after its 21st birthday, supported by its supple, ripe tannins and integrated oak.”

    Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet 2012 - 95 POINTS

    “Youthful crimson-purple; a shiraz cabernet blend that has awesome depth, yet is not the least extractive, and carries the burden of its alcohol very well. Satsuma plum and sundry spice-poached black fruits, licorice and oak all join the flavour queue, tannins the finishing line.”

    Bishop Shiraz 2012 - 95 POINTS

    “Deep crimson – purple; a scaled down version of Amon-Ra, elegance substituted for the flamboyant concentration of Amon-Ra, but the flavour spectrum very similar, the only difference a pleasing savoury note on the finish of this wine.”

    Wallace Shiraz Grenache 2012 - 93 POINTS

    “Good colour; a light to medium-bodied blend, led by the shiraz that invests the wine with a spicy, gently savoury edge, balanced by the sweeter, juicier grenache; minimal tannin impact.”

  • Chefs Choose Chenin

    Enotria’s Ken Forrester is featured in an article in this month’s Caterer written by Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. The double page feature, ‘Chenin Blanc comes of age’,  illustrates how far this grape has come, with winemakers like Ken producing “world-class wines that punch well above their weight at a very attractive price.”

    According to Roger, South Africa’s reputation was previously tarnished by a proliferation of cheap bulk wine, but modern winemakers are waking up to the potential of their Chenin Blanc vines, making wines that rival the greats of Loire’s Vouvray. In fact, the Chenin Blanc grape is becoming “a massive unique selling point for the Cape wine industry.”

    Mr Chenin

    For Roger, Ken Forrester’s quest to further our appreciation of this forgotten grape “has encouraged young winemakers to carry on the Chenin crusade.” His influence is such that Roger likes to refer to him as ‘Mr Chenin’.

    Ken is a little more modest in his appraisal of his own influence, saying, “the real surge in quality Chenin Blanc in South Africa has come from the new generation of winemakers, who have come to realise the value of this fantastic grape in our complex and varied sites. With more than twice as much Chenin planted here as in the Loire, it’s hardly surprising such an awesome opportunity was taken up.”

    He may have earned his stripes over the 20 years he’s been making top quality Chenin, but Ken knows when to turn to friends to pursue his dream. Fellow winemaker Martin Meinert co-produces  one of Roger’s favourite Chenin’s, FMC (Forrester Meinert Chenin),  a wine he has listed at The Harrow for the last 12 years.

    Chenin’s variety of styles

    One of the benefits of Chenin Blanc, Roger argues, is the variety of styles that can be made depending on winemaking techniques.  For the restaurateur, these varied expressions can offer a wide range of flavours and textures to match with an array of recipes.

    Roger compares lightly oaked Chenins to Burgundian Chardonnay, a style that is rich yet balanced by the region’s trademark acidity. He feels that these wines are a perfect match for spicy foods, highlighting Indian cuisine in particular. On the other hand, fresh, un-oaked styles work well with the delicate flavours of fish, especially ceviche, sushi and caviar.

    Great value too

    What really impresses Roger as a restaurateur is the bang these wines deliver for his buck. The Burgundian richness of an oaked Chenin can give the textual complexity that a dish requires, without the Burgundian price tag. The attractive price means that sommeliers and owners can easily list the wines by the glass, offering customers more choice and a greater overall dining experience.

    To sum up, Roger says, “the gap in price between entry-level wines and fine wines in South Africa represents the smallest ratio of any wine-producing country in the world. As a result, it is possible to offer customers a great product as well as to make a workable profit.”

    FMC Chenin Blanc 2012

    To quote Roger: “This rich and full wine has lots of texture, underlined with a citrus freshness with notes of layered apricot, peach, honey, wax, toast and spice. It evolves beautifully in the mouth.”

    Ken produces two other Chenin’s for Enotria:

    Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve 2013

    Full bodied and well rounded with a complex structure. Bursting with flavours of dried apricots, pineapple, vanilla and honey with a long satisfying finish.

    Ken Forrester Petit Chenin 2013

    A youthful fresh wine with quince and pear drop flavours. Real freshness on the palate with crunchy green apple and grapefruit flavours. Good mouthfeel and an appetisingly tangy finish.

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