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SIVIPA is the company name for all the wines produced by the Cordoso family, the vineyards are distributed between siblings and cousins as inheritance from previous generations. The main winery, Quinta do Piloto is in Palmela and is one of the only few producing Moscatel Roxo as a varietal wine.
Described as an entry-level fortified wine but this is so much more. There’s dried fruit, caramel, spices, florals and especially citrus orange peel. Sensational wine!
Situated in the picturesque region of Tokaji-Hegyalja in north-eastern Hungary. These vineyards were first planted by Count Ferenc Dobó in 1576, in 1737 they were classified as Grand Cru by Royal Decree. With it’s sister vineyard Pajzos the Chateau shares winemaking facilities & the famous Rákóczi Cellars at the Sárospatak Castle, the largest & best preserved Renaissance castle in Hungary.
The palate has praline notes at the start interlaced with botrytis, dried figs & honey, next pineapple & apricots. Aged notes from 4 years of ageing in small wooden barrels. A thick, creamy texture with a smooth long finish. Beautiful.
Dr Loosen is a family owned winery with over 200 years of history. Under the leadership of Ernst Loosen, the wines have become the international poster child for German Riesling. The estate combine historical Grand Cru sites with the heritage of thier ancestors to produce complex wines of world class that express the great qualities from the soil, climate and the grape varieties grown in the region.
An intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine made from hand-selected grapes that have been shrivelled about halfway to raisins by botrytis (the “Noble Rot”). Early arriving botrytis in this year – 2017 – means this is a bright, refreshing style of dessert wine with green apple, white peach and lemon flavours. It’s rich and intense with superb racy acidity. This will age for another couple of years, best drunk from now until 2025.
Seven of Hearts is about exploring different vineyards, appellations, and varietals: cool-climate varietals from the
Willamette Valley and warm-weather varietals from the Columbia Valley, Oregon and Washington.
Using traditional winemaking methods, they partner with growers who primarily farm organically and sustainably, and who are stewards of their land and vines, providing the attention to details that produce great fruit and capture the best qualities of each vintage.
The sixth vintage of this release, the 2015 wine is the first to be sourced from the Luminous Hills vineyard in Oregon. Aged in French oak for two years and then fortified with brandy from Pinot Noir grapes, this is ultimately a Pinot Noir. A sort-of Port, with tawny characteristics and richness, it pairs well with cheese, chocolate and also fruit or cream based pastries – creme brulee or even an eclair!
The Montesquiou family have been a source of Jurancon wines for generations, today it is run by brothers Sébastien and Fabrice who have raised the quality of the estate to a new level. The brothers employ many of the techniques of biodynamic viticulture so that no insecticides and herbicides are used.
Rich apricot and peach flavours, as well as significant sweetness from 120grams+ residual sugar. Still you have great acidity, length and richness. A joy and terrific value.
Domaine de Durban must be one of the most gloriously situated estates in the whole of France. The property has a charming house with a panoramic view over the Ventoux in three different directions.
Mme Leydier’s son Henri makes their delicious vin doux from 25 hectares of 35-year-old vines of Muscat à petits grains. The grapes are harvested manually and after a long cold fermentation in tank, the wine is left on its fine lees for 4 to 5 months before bottling after a light filtration.
This is 100% Muscat, with aromas of peach, apricot and lychees. To be enjoyed as an aperitif with Roquefort, dark chocolate desserts, strawberries or melon.