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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!
Casas del Bosque was founded in 1993 by Juan Cuneo Solari and was one of the first wineries in the Casablanca Valley. Today it is still family owned and is one of the most important wineries in Casablanca. The Cuneo’s have 245 hectares of vines in Santa Rosa on the west side, considered the coolest spot in the region.
A complex wine made from 100% Botrytis (or noble rot) affected grapes with a nose of quince jelly, acacia honey and candied orange peel. Honeyed notes of dried apricot, figs and orange marmalade combine with acidity and structure on the palate. An unusually high amount of 330 grams of residual sugar create enormous palate weight, structure and length. Pair with ripe cheeses and desserts.
White gold in colour with aromas of quince jelly, kumquats and dried fruit. The palate has notes of zesty lemon peel and butter menthol which combine to reveal a very silky mouthfeel and long finish. Decanter Medal Bronze, International Wine Challenge (IWC) Gold
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!
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.