Very dark, black ruby with violet highlights. Inviting nose of raspberry compote, baking spices, and minerally sandstone. Loads of flavor, generally at the lower register. Black raspberry, dark cherry, loads of dark minerals. Full-bodied, but with pretty good acids. It's also very clingy, with a long finish and a nice complement of …
…make a rosé in Provence completely different, based on Grenache and Cinsault, quite clear with a very elegant approach, something with a nice acidity, very fresh, very delicate. That was the direction we chose."
I remarked that this wine was very different from the inferior rosés that gave the region such a poor reputation in the past.
"Absolutely, absolutely! You have to get it very cold."
"You need to pick the grapes in the night to get cold …
The blend here is 80% Grenache, 10 % Syrah and 10% Cinsualt, with maturation exclusively in large oak foudres. The style is pure and fruity, the Syrah lending shape and poise, the Cinsault an attractive accessibility, which renders the wine immediately seductive.
The grapes for this wine were sources from a single vineyard planted over 50 years ago at 1000 metres above sea level near the village of Aana in the Bekaa Valley. The vineyard soils are characterised by deep gravel over a limestone base. The yeilds are between 25 and 30 hectolitres per hectare. The average yearly temperature is around 25 degrees encompassing snowy winters, mild spring and hot summers. The blend is 50% Cinsault, 20% Grenache, 15% Carignan, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon…
…Grenache, Mourvedre, Viognier, Roussanne, Cinsault, and Carignan. As we taste through the wines in vat, we find all sort of compositions, such as Les Obriers whcih is two thirds Cinsault and one third Carignan. They are powerful wines, meant for aging. The 2006 Las Flors is 35% Syrah, 45% Grenache, and 20% Mourvedre, and received 94 points from the wine advocate. It was fab -- lots of candied black fruits, chocolate, and baking spices.
After hand picking, the fruit …
…9%, 6% , 6% Cinsault from the of . Fresh fruit, nice acid and realistic alcohol level ( 12.5%) made for a thirst quenching and slurpable match with the spicy dish. The bottle (which sells for under $ 20) disappeared as quickly as the eggplant.
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Varietal:61%, Cinsaut 16%, 12%, 5%, 4%, 2%
Producer: Goats do Roam
Plum, pomegranate, frambois
Burnt rubber band
Overly juicy, but drinkable
Rootbeer barrels (hard candy)
Bitter dark chocolate aftertaste
Powdery tannins …
Four takeaways from this wine:
1.) Fall in a glass! Spice, tea, lighter red fruits, this wine screams fall.
2.) En demi-muid means the wine is aged in 500 and 600 liter barrels instead of typical barrels which hold about half that amount of liquid.
3.) The price is a little lofty.
4.) While I enjoyed just sipping the wine watching trashy tv, I would pair it with marinated pork chops.
On the nose …
…Merlot and the country's unique Pinotage, which is a hybrid varietal of Cinsault and Pinot Noir that was cross developed in South Africa in 1925 and continues to be (from what I can tell) a uniquely South African offering (learn more about Pinotage from the Pinotage Association, www.pinotage.co.za). Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc are also making inroads.
Chenin Blanc - South Africa's most widely planted grape, makes up approximately 18% of total …