Torrontés is the signature white variety of Argentina and is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and the Mission grape of Galicia. It thrives in Salta, where the climate is cooler. Bodega Colomé’s Torrontés is grown using the pergola system at very low yields to ensure good concentration of aromas and flavours.
Overall, the Calchaqui Valley reached the optimal condition in 2017. The weather during the growing season was excellent, with no spring frost, allowing good fruit set and resulting in healthy grapes.
A double selection process takes place (vineyard and cellar).
The fermentation process is slow, using selected yeasts at low temperatures to retain the Torrontes grape fruit character. The wine is aged in stainless steel tanks for three months before bottling in June. It then spends a further two months ageing in bottle before release.
Yellow pale colour with green tones, this wine has a bright floral nose (rose petal) with the citrus aroma of grapefruit and a hint of sweet spice. On the palate, it is fresh and well-structured with a crisp finish. This wine is elegant and fruity with tropical notes to the fore.
Winemaker Thibaut Delmotte
Sustainable, Vegan, Vegetarian
Bodega Colomé was chosen by Tim Atkin as one of his ‘First Growths’ in the classification of Argentinian wineries he made for his 2018 Argentina Report.
A brilliant South African Shiraz from a great vintage. Fresh, vibrant, black & red fruit with a bright mineral palate and a long finish.
The final blend is aged on lees for an extended period in French oak barrels along with around 15% from the previous vintage. This ensures a more complex wine with greater palate weight and mouthfeel.
A great partner to homemade burgers or sticky spare ribs.
Pinotage is a classic South African variety and originates from a 1925 cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (known as Hermitage in South Africa). The Fairview Pinotage was primarily harvested from bush vines in Malmesbury and Agter-Paarl, some of which are over 25 years old. These older vineyards are dry farmed and the vines grow on deep soils. This is supplemented by fruit from an irrigated, younger, trellised vineyard at Fairview.
Awarded a silver medal at the International Wine & Spirits Competition, this Sauvignon Blanc has a lot to offer. The 2017 vintage was in danger of potential disease from an increased level of rainfall throughout 2017. Thankfully Framingham were able to call upon their knowledge and expertise to avoid any threats and came through with a wonderful vintage. Bright and chewy with citrus fruits and a hint of herbs on the palate.
Framinghams Riesling vines are among the oldest in Marlborough at around 36 years old, wine maker Dr Andrew Hedley works with Framingham and has been described by Jancis Robinson as "One of the most skilled practitioners of Riesling anywhere in the world". Inspired by the German Beerenauslese wine, this Riesling is sweet with flavours of citrus and honey, the level of acidity is perfectly matched in order to keep it from becoming too sweet and its naturally low alcohol level ensures it remains bright and vibrant on the palate.
Created by Kevin Judd, an English born wine maker with many years of experience, Greywacke was established in the early 90's. They have two main varietals - Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, but also make a range of other wines alongside these. The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is full of intense fruit flavours, aromatic notes of stone fruits such as nectarine alongside a definite floral hint, dry and crisp on the finish.
Bursting with bright citrus and vibrant tropical edged yellow orchard fruit, La Cremas Sonoma Valley Chardonnay is just so delicious to drink chilled on its own or try it with poultry, seafood or green salads.
Made from a national grape called Bonarda (Corbeau in France, Charbono in USA). From two vineyards from Agrelo, Lujan de Cuyo (Mendoza) at 900 metres above the sea level
Deep ruby to deep purple colour. Pure strawberry and blueberry fruit abound on the enticing nose. The palate is complex and layered with all spices, cherry, tobacco and plum fruits. Finely structured tannins provide texture whilst a clean acidity maintains freshness. The finish is long and displays ripe blueberry, sweet smoke and dark fruits.
The wine is aged for 6 months in American oak barriques.