As with most junior clarets, Merlot predominates (95%) in this Château Malbat. For this, there are good reasons. Compared to Cabernet, Merlot tends to produce wines with more obvious fruit, and less aggressive tannins- both features which lend themselves to an earlier-drinking style of red wine. Malbat has been in the same family since 1870, and the current incumbent, of the sixth generation, is Daniel Rochet. Simple winemaking ensures great purity of fruit flavor. No rogue oak chips or barrels are involved.
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Contains one bottle of each of the followingred wines: 2011 Chateau Trebiac, Graves; 2010 Chateau Gontier, Cotes de Blaye; 2012 Chateau Argadens, Bordeaux Superieur ; 2012 Chateau Rivensan, Bordeaux; 2010 Chateau Cardinal-Villemaurine, St Emilion Grand Cru; Chateau Les Moines, Medoc. A wine journey through many of the appellations of this vastly diverse and fascinating region. Complete tasting notes are included making this a treat to enjoy at home or a magnificent gift.
An enjoyable red blend, made up primarily with Nero DAvola and a portion of Merlot and Syrah. The vineyards are situated on the hills of Trapani, where they soak up the wonderful Sicilian sun and cool, ocean breezes. The grapes are hand-picked in early October, then are de-stemmed and gently pressed. Fermentation takes place at controlled temperatures not exceeding 28 degrees Celsius, with frequent pumping-over in order to ensure optimum extraction of colour and gentle tannins. After fermentation, the three grapes are then blended together. Nero DAvola is Sicilys number 1 grape variety, and is indigenous to the island. Fedele Rosso is a pleasant, every-day drinking wine, due to its wonderful structure and soft tannins. Its packed with juicy, red berry fruit flavours, making it an ideal choice to serve with pizza, red meat, hamburgers, and tomato-based pasta dishes. Organic wine.
Of all the great Beaujolais villages Fleurie deliveres a particular lively and fruity style of wine that has depth and charm. Frederic Montagneron makes a delightfully friendly version that epitomises the appellation for us. One of the three Beaujolais Cru wine that benefits from 12 months in bottle, and can be kept for up to four years - maximum. The others are Cotes de Brouilly and St Amour.
From the picture-perfect hill-top town of Montepulciano, with its narrow streets crowded with souvenir shops, gelato kiosks and chic kit for the fashionista, one can view the glory of the southern Tuscan vineyards spread before ones eyes. The Rosso is made from Prugnolo Gentile, Ciliegiolo and Canaiolo, the same varietal blend that goes into the estates Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, but this is the younger, simpler version with an easy charm and character. The family business was founded in 1938 by Altero and Maria Barbanera, whose son Luigi eventually handed on the baton to his sons Marco and Paolo, and the business now incorporates wines from Puglia and Sicily.
Winemaking guru Susana Balbo has had a major influence on the wines of Argentina and her Domino del Plata estate is very much a family operation, her son Jose now looks after winemaking and daughter Ana heads up marketing. The Malbec grapes are grown at high altitudes on well drained, deep loam / clay soils. Bright and juicy flavours with all concentration and structure you'd expect while under the watchful eye of a great winemaker.
In 1987 John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant called Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawke's Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. By 1996 they produced the first small vintage on off-site premises. And in 1997 Stage 1 of the winery was built on its current site and completed in time for the 1997 vintage. Winemaking facilities combining the traditional with the modern are incorporated in the completion of the Barrel Hall in 1998. The first Gimblett Road wines, barrel-aged, were released in 1998 (vintage 1997); Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Syrah, to critical acclaim and a number of gold medals and trophies. They have since expanded and planted many other grape varieties including the fruit for this Spicy Syrah.
This venture brings together the Burgundian Bruno Lafon, owner of Domaine Magellan in the Languedoc, and François Chamboissier from Bordeaux in a project in the south of France where they seek out great parcels of vineyards. Made from vineyards in the La Livinière village area, grown on clay and limestone soils that give a fullness to the wine. The Grenache are old bush vines very well adapted to the hot climate and minimal rainfall of this area which give a big, juicy flavours and to these are added 20% of Syrah grapes for added substance and aromatics.
Barbera d'Asti comes from Piemonte, in the northwestern corner of Italy, borders on France to the west and Switzerland to the north, and to the south it is separated from the Mediterranean by the narrow coastal strip of Liguria, while to the east lies Lombardia and the valley of the River Po. On all but this eastern side, Piemonte is ringed by Alpine mountain ranges: the name Piemonte means 'foot of the mountain'. Made by the forward-thinking, highly modernised cooperative cellars of Araldica, the wine is aged in large wood barrels giving it a spicy and harmonious finish.
Domaine Parent is a long-established Burgundy producer whose reputation continues to grow. Sisters Anne Parent (winemaker) and Catherine Fages-Parent run their 10 hectare Côte de Beaune estate (which has been in the family since 1803) organically. Some earlier vintages of lesser appellations proved to be quite tight and linear and were deserving of a few additional years in bottle, but we have noted a softening and blossoming in more recent vintages.
In 1987 John Hancock met Robert and Robyn Wilson in their London restaurant called Bleeding Heart. Over a bottle of John's award-winning Chardonnay, the concept of a Hawke's Bay winery was born. They were convinced they could produce world-class red wines as well as white in this region of New Zealand. By 1996 they produced the first small vintage on off-site premises. And in 1997 Stage 1 of the winery was built on its current site and completed in time for the 1997 vintage. The first Gimblett Road wines, barrel-aged, were released in 1998 (vintage 1997); Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and Syrah, to critical acclaim and a number of gold medals and trophies. They have since expanded and planted many other grape varieties.