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Monthly Archives: October 2014

  • Spain reigns for Decanter

    An Enotria wine was judged ‘Outstanding’ by a panel of tasters in this month’s Decanter, and another received 91 points in their ‘Spain: The Hottest Buys Under £25’ feature.

    Pago de los Capellanes, Parcela El Picón 2010 (available 2015) was given an incredible score of 95 points in a panel tasting of wines from the 2010 vintage in Ribera del Duero. 

    The panel consisted of Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW and Sarah Jane Evans MW – both Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Co-Chairs for Spain and Sherry – as well as Pierre Mansour, Spanish wine buyer at the Wine Society.

    The wine comes from a 2 ha single vineyard from a sub zone called Roa which Decanter called ‘a kind of Ribera grand cru’. The wine is the result of Pago de los Capellanes’ delicate balance between ‘strong tradition’ and ‘modern winemaking’, all focused towards creating ‘amazing terroir wines’.

    Pedro Ballesteros Torres MW: “A great classic, with a precious parsimonious finish showing the brilliancy of the vintage and the uniqueness of the terroir. Warm but tight; lovely.”

    Sarah Jane Evans MW: “Keynote bright, fresh, acidity underlines red fruits and peppery oak. Medium weight, superbly long, elegant finish.  Excellent  Tinto Fino. Beautifully complex with a long future.”

    Pierre Mansour: “Closed, savoury and spicy; a classy individual with a wonderful palate structure, and a long finish. It has a real sense of place. Finely tuned in and improving in the glass.”

    For Decanter’s cover feature, ‘Spain: The Hottest Buys Under £25’, Sarah Jane Evans MW reviewed Franck Massard’s El Mago Garnacha, Terra Alta 2012, awarding him 91 points for his organic wine from Catalonia.

    Sarah Jane Evans MW said of the wine: “Former sommelier Massard has a new career producing wines that champion Catalonia. El Mago (‘the wizard’), is a straightforward, vibrant expression of Garnacha, with liquorice and black cherries, and supple tannins.”

    Both wines represent the true breadth of Spanish wines now available at Enotria; maybe it’s time to think about expanding your wine lists to include these new classics that are beginning to get the recognition they deserve.

    The featured picture is of Paco RoderoPago de los Capellanes.

  • Metro enthused over Infusions

    Tuesday’s Metro newspaper featured Arniston Bay’s Infusions in its Hot Off The Shelves round-up of interesting new supermarket additions.

    This new range of wine infusions combine real fruit flavours with wine sourced from the warm, dry Western Cape of South Africa.

    Winemaker Abraham de Villiers has been making award-winning wines at Arniston bay since 2004, and the Infusions range is a fresh, fun venture, aimed at those who enjoy the fruity flavours of wine and the spritz of fizz, but want a lower alcohol alternative.

    As the Metro pointed out, ‘not only is it lighter in calories, 30 per cent less than your average glass of wine, it’s also lower in alcohol at just 5.5 per cent.’

    Arniston Bay recently received Fairtrade certification for its The Coast range so it should come as no surprise that the Infusions range is made with a similar forward-thinking philosophy, with all packaging 100% recyclable.

    Arniston Bay Infusions are available from Enotria in a range of flavours including Peach, Mango and Passion Fruit and Mint, Aloe and Lemongrass.

  • Viña Leyda makes Drinks Business Top 20

    Viña Leyda’s Viviana Navarrete has been selected as one of Chile’s top winemakers by The Drinks Business. Their feature ‘Top Winemakers to Watch: Chile’ refers to Viviana as ‘not just a leading female in Chilean winemaking’ but a ‘leader in her own right’ and ‘one of the most instrumental winemakers’ in making a name for the small coastal region of Leyda.

    Viviana became Head Winemaker in 2007 and, according to The Drinks Business, her success ‘proves that a woman can indeed do it all: mothering 3 young children and heading up one of the most powerful wine brands in Chile with ineffable energy’.

    The winemaker told The Drinks Business that her aim is to “make consumers feel the cool climate and maritime influence” in Viña Leyda’s wines; her use of clonal experimentation to get the best results from grapes like Pinot Noir, Riesling and the lesser-known Sauvignon Gris illustrates her passion to express the wonderful terroir of Leyda.

  • 90 points for Mesquida Mora

    Influential American wine critic Stephen Tanzer has just awarded three of Mesquida Mora’s wines 90 points and above in his bi-monthly review the International Wine Cellar. Stephen is known for championing wines that offer more subtlety and complexity for the wine drinker, with the Wall Street Journal calling him the “critic who favors finesse over power.”

    Winemaker Barbara Mesquida followed in her father’s vinous footsteps when she set up her own project, Mesquida Mora, in the Plà i Llevant region of Mallorca. She is committed to Biodynamic principles to reduce any negative impact on the environment, eliminating the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers, and replacing them with homeopathic remedies. Barbara has adopted bush vine training to shade the grapes from the hot Mallorcan sun, resulting in fresher wines with higher acidity.

    2013 Mesquida Mora Sincronia Negre

    “Deep ruby. Highly fragrant aromas of fresh blackberry, violet and licorice, with a touch of spiciness.  Juicy and focused, with energetic red and dark berry flavors accented by candied violet and anise.  The spicy, persistent finish features tangy berry skin and bitter cherry flavors and fine-grained, harmonious tannins.” 90 points

    This is a blend of 50% Callet, 20% Manto Negro, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot and 10% Syrah. It is aged in French and American oak.

    This wine is available now – please quote SKU A1696113

    2012 Mesquida Mora Trispol

    “Inky ruby.  Medicinal dark cherry, mint and minerals on the nose.  A lively, nicely concentrated midweight offering red fruit flavors lifted by suggestions of blood orange and mint.  Finishes quite long, with fine-grained tannins, a mineral firmness and a lingering cherry quality.” 91 points 

    This is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Callet, 5% Syrah and 5% Merlot. It is aged for 12 months in French and American oak.

    This wine is available now – please quote SKU A1706112

    2013 Mesquida Mora Sincronia Blanc

    “Bright gold.  Assertive aromas of pear nectar, tangerine and honey, with a leesy overtone and a hint of minerality.  Smooth and open-knit, offering plush pit fruit and orange marmalade flavors that pick up a gingery nuance with air.  Closes supple, broad and long, leaving a fresh pit fruit note behind.”  90 points

    This is a blend of 60% Premsal, 20% Parellada and 20% Chardonnay. No oak ageing.

    Available soon – please quote SKU A1676113 (Current vintage is SKU A1676112)

  • Ridgeview – 2014 ‘a vintage to remember’

    The harvest report from Ridgeview has just arrived – and it looks like it was a good one for English sparkling wine lovers. Mardi Roberts, Sales & Marketing Manager at Ridgeview (pictured), gave us this low-down:

    “2014 was a year of wonderful weather at all the right times for our vines. Harvest began at the end of September which is one of the earliest ever recorded at Ridgeview. We had a very mild spring which led to an even and timely bud-burst. Flowering was unhindered, again due to glorious weather in June, therefore giving us perfect fruit set. Veraison was held back slightly as the weather cooled during the latter half of August, however the Indian Summer of September led to great ripening.

    "We have a very respectable yield across all three varieties this year achieving sugar levels and acidity perfect for sparkling wine production. The Pinots have performed exceptionally well so we are looking forward to 2014 Blanc de Noirs. We were very pleased to harvest all of Ridgeview’s grapes before the onset of the mixed weather in the second week of October. The base wines taste fantastic and we truly believe 2014 will be a vintage to remember.”

  • Ferrari Perlé crowned World Champion

    The 2007 vintage Trentodoc Ferrari Perlé has won the title "World Champion Sparkling Wine Outside of Champagne" and “World Champion Italian Sparkling Wine” in the first edition of the "Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships", an international competition dedicated exclusively to sparkling wines.

    Launched by Tom Stevenson, a world authority on all things sparkling, the competition saw the participation of 650 labels from 16 countries. In addition to this award which acknowledges Ferrari Perlé among the best sparkling wines in the world, the 2007 vintage was also awarded the best Italian sparkling overall and the leading Trentodoc.

    With its first vintage in 1971, Ferrari Perlé is, with its elegance and harmony, the perfect style icon of Ferrari. It is produced with 100% Chardonnay grapes grown in accordance with the principles of sustainability, within vineyards located on the slopes of the mountains of Trentino.

    Matteo Lunelli, Chairman of Ferrari Winery, said: "This result fills us with pride and testifies once more that Trentino, thanks to its mountain viticulture, is a territory with a unique and extraordinary ability to create sparkling wines of excellence."

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