The second instalment of our round up of this years new wines
As we’re fortunate enough to have sourced and brought to market so many lovely wines this year – here’s Part 2 of the Glass of 2022. (If you missed Part 1 – you can get to it here.)
This is the first production of Orange wine from Domaine des Tourelles. Having been mentored by two Georgian winemakers, Faouzi used their methods of producing Amber wines to create this really interesting orange wine from Merweh. The native Merweh grapes come from 150 year old vines which grow wild in the mountains of Lebanon. Fermentation took place in Terracotta jars where the wine spends 4 months on skins. There were just 700 bottles produced of this first vintage.
Brought in as a parcel this year, but was so successful that we are now putting it on the list. A luscious, brambly Rasteau created from vines grown on plots throughout the appellation to take most advantage of the geographical diversity of the region. For a dry, rich, full bodied wine, this is more versatile than you might initially expect – try it with everything from roast meats to Christmas cake.
A gorgeous, premium white offering joins our Fide et Arte range. And this is special because white wine only makes up 5% of all wine production in Cairanne, so there isn’t a lot of it to go around. A blend of Grenache, Roussanne and Bourboulenc, fermented and aged in a combination of used and new oak gives beautiful spicey, smokey fruit aromas with plenty of body.
Last year Montresor released a fine, complex 2011 Amarone Riserva to mark 100 years of their signature ‘Satinato’ bottle. That vintage was a tough act to follow, but they’ve cracked it with this ’12 release! From selected barrels, an extra 6 years maturation in 55hl Slavonian oak casks has completely transformed it, giving a multi-layered and unusually elegant style of Amarone.
This pair of wines, named for the ordinal numbers of the French “département” system were only launched in July this year but have already become firm favourites with customers and staff alike. The white, an unusual Piquepoul/ Roussanne blend has both intensity and freshness. The red, a beautiful, juicy, unoaked Cabernet Sauvignon has been converting people who previously professed to not enjoy this variety. Which feels like a win to us.
Yes for the majority of wine drinkers, Vouvray may be a little niche. But our head winemaker Samantha Bailey knows a good thing when she tastes it and felt that this parcel of delicious, off-dry wine was too good to pass up. Déniché means literally “to happen upon” or “unearth” and this is just what happened with this. The off-dry style and textural nature of the wine, alongside the aromas of ripe quince, honey and citrus with a long supple finish would make this an incredible Christmas starter wine. We’ll be having ours with some smoked salmon…..
The latest addition to the Coterie range combines a small parcel of fine Coastal Grenache fruit with Syrah from Franschhoek. Both cultivars are naturally fermented, whole bunch, no crushing, then aged 10 months in a combination of French and Austrian oak. Grenache at its elegant best, perfumed and supple, backed up by the spicy berry fruit of the Syrah.
The Salamino variety (so called because the bunch resembles a salami, seriously!) is grown just north of Modena, close to the Sorbara region. This is a semi-dry style, that sits mid-way between the light cherry and violet character of Sorbara, and the more structured Grasparossa. Like Lambrusco di Sorbara, it’s fresh and vibrant and best drunk young, but the residual sugar and additional weight is balanced by bracing acidity, to ensure it works really well with food. We brought some in as a parcel, but as it’s proved to be really popular, we think it deserves a place of its own.
The Vidussi family’s 30 hectare estate, on the eastern edge of the Collio zone and just 10km from the Slovenian border, has been managed by Montresor since 1991. A recent vineyard renovation programme and the guidance of Montresor winemaker Michele Spina have resulted in increasingly good wines, especially the whites from the excellent 2021 vintage. We brought on a new trio of wines in the summer, all of which impressed us with their purity, fresh and vibrant fruit and outstanding value – but a special mention goes to the Friulano (aka Sauvignon Vert or Sauvignonasse). This is Friuli’s signature white grape and produces some of the region’s most rewarding wines – this is no exception. A really good, affordable introduction to the grape.
Orango Tango is a wine that defies expectation. Technically an “orange” wine, it is a blend of several white varieties that were fermented on their skins. Unlike most orange wines, this lot was filtered prior to bottling, giving something that is decidedly more approachable than most in the genre tend to be.
The new ‘Here and There’ range showcases wines of provenance from less mainstream varieties and with suitably striking labels. Our winemakers JD and Ryno have sourced grapes from high quality sites in the Coastal Region well suited to each variety, in this case Swartland. The first red in the range a vibrant, crunchy, naturally fermented Malbec and the white is a savoury, gently floral Grenache Blanc with a pithily generous palate.
Thanks for reading – and we hope you enjoyed this years bunch as much as we did. Cheers!
If you missed Part 1, you can read it here.