It is a bit of reading this year, but that is the fun part.
In this email I'm giving a few pointers on each wine, for the official wine poetry, area description, videos, recipes etc, please go the manufacturers website.
Limited Edition: http://www.winexpert.com/products/le17
Passport Series: http://vinecowine.com/brand/passport-series-2018/
RQ 2018: https://www.rjscraftwinemaking.com/rq-2018/
Enjoy reading, please gives us a call if you feel a bit confused about all these different grapes & wines.
We are more then happy to explain more and help you make the right choice.
Regards, Maarten & Breg
LIMITED EDITION 2017
Petit Ruby Cabernet, Australia, $135.00 Dry, medium-full body, medium oak, alcohol 13.5%
An interesting blend from Petit Verdot and Ruby Cabernet. Petit Verdot, also one of the Bordeaux grapes, is similar to Cab Sauv in flavor,
currants and dark berries but with smoother tannins and a purple red color. Ruby Cabernet who has Cab Sauv as a parent will bring more structure,
and jammy, plummy flavours. Think Cabernet - Merlot with a twist.
Chardonnay - Chenin Blanc, South Africa, $132.50 Dry, light-medium body, light oak, alcohol 13%
A well known blend from South Africa. Chardonnay will bring its distint creamy, complex mouthfeel and green plum, apple and pear flavours.
Chenin blanc - South Africa's trademark white grape - will bring some acidity and tartness, combined with tropical flavours.
Normally I'm not a huge fan of unoaked chardonnay, but now it's blended with Chenin I think this wine will be nice in an un-oaked style.
Merlot, New Zealand, $135.00 Dry, medium body, medium oak, alcohol 13%
Merlot almost needs no explanation. It brings a plummy, jammy flavour, undertones of soft tannins, with hints of spice and oak.
The cool growing climate will bring out extra fruit, probabably a nice early drinking wine.
La Mancha Milagro, Spain, $132.50 - Off-dry*, medium body, no oak, alcohol 13%
Remeber Pacifico White? I'm not saying it's the same, but probably in the same league.
Muscat, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc are wonderful on their own but sing when blended together.
Muscat is fruity and crisp, Verdejo has mineral and citrus notes, and Sauvignon Blanc is herbaceous with
pleasing acidity. Blended, they will create an off-dry, soft, refreshing, fruit-forward wine with a bright bouquet and a complex finish.
Carrying notes of passion fruit and white flower on the nose, and is supported by juicy melon, peach, fresh lime and grass with a hint of honey on the palate.
Can be made dry and off-dry, but probably benefits from a little residual sugar (2-3 gr/liter)
Apulia Negroamaro, Italy, $155.00 (skins) - Dry, full body, medium oak, alcohol 14.5%
Negroamaro - native to the southern Italian region of Apulia - is something we have never seen before, enough reason to give it a try.
In Apulia it produces some of the best local red wines. Expect a wine with a rustic character, very deep in color, combining perfumed flavours
with an earthy bitterness and a long finish.
PASSPORT SERIES 2018
Grenache, France, $135.00 - Dry, medium-full body, medium oak, alcohol 13.5%
Even though Grenache is one of my favourite grapes/wines, I have to say that I have not been impressed with the 2 Grenache blends
that have been released in the Passport series in the last couple of years. Unless they are aged for a minimum of 18 months that is, patience is a virtue.
Seeing that there are so many good other choices available this year, I would probably skip this one.
But who knows what we're missing out on?
Viognier - Roussanne - Marsanne, $127.50 - Off-dry*, medium body, no oak, alcohol 12.5%.
A blend from the best known white grapes of the Rhone-valley. You might remember this wine from years ago, when it was a very successful release, also in the Passport Series.
Each grape bringing its own to the mix, will lead to a medium bodied wine with lots of fruit and floral flavours and aroma, with a crisp finish.
This wine can be made in a dry style.
Aglianico - Cabernet - Merlot, Italy, $135.00. Dry, full body, medium-heavy oak, alcohol 14%.
Aglianico on its own makes full bodied wines, with firm tannins and acidity and good aging potential. In Italy this grape quite often gets blended with
Cabernet and Merlot and in a sense that makes this blend somewhat similar to the better known Super Tuscans (Cabernet/Merlot/Sangiovese).
Expect a full bodied wine with dark berry and plummy flavours, Merlot will bring smoothness and helps tone down the firmer tannins of Cab Sauv and Aglianico.
Two Roads Red, California, $155.00 (skins) - Dry, full body, medium-heavy oak, alcohol 14.5%.
An nontraditional blend from California, which we see more and more lately, where winemakers are looking to create rich, full bodied wines,
smooth and drinkable and full of fruit. Reasonable high alcohol, means that the grapes have been harvested a bit later, leading to high sugar,
toned down acidity and smooth, ripe tannins.
Cab sauv will bring structure and dark berry and black currant flavours. Zinfandel brings smoothness, but also raspberry and hints of pepper and spice.
Petite Sirah will bring spice and a plummy flavour to the blend. All in all this will lead to an interesting big and bold, but smooth wine.
RESTRICTED QUANTITIES 2018
Shiraz - Viognier, Australia, $160.00 (skins) - Dry, full body, heavy oak
Blending Shiraz with Viognier is a technique coming from the Rhone valley in France, where both these grapes are native.
Viognier is a white wine with floral, spice and peach notes and is blended in anywhere from 1-5 %.
When Viognier mingles with Shiraz it adds these same elements, it will enhance Shiraz's fruit and provides a rounder mouthfeel.
Carmenere, Chile $160.00 (skins) - Dry, medium body, medium oak
Originally from Bordeaux, where it is one of the 6 grapes used, has become the trademark grape of Chile.
Sometimes dubbed a 'super merlot', sharing the same flavour profile with this other Bordeaux grape.
Think plummy and jammy with dark berries and velvety tannins, but Carmenere brings so much more.
More complexity, depth and body, a bit more structure from the tannins and will develop hints of chocolate when aged.
Tempranillo, Spain, $160.00 (skins) - Dry, medium body, heavy oak
Tempranillo is often reffered to as Spain's noble grape. It's the main grape in Rioja's, but then mostly blended with Grenache and Carignan.
It is an early ripening grape that most often gets extended aging in oak barrels, 1 year for 'reservas', 2 year plus for 'gran reservas'.
When made as a pure varietal, Tempranillo expresses flavors of plum and strawberries, with hints of pepper.
Oak aging will bring toast, smoke and hints of vanilla.
Riesling, Germany, $155.00 - Off- Dry, medium body, no oak
Riesling - an aromatic grape - is often seen as 1 of the three noble white grapes, together with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Coming from its native Germany - a cool growing climate - Riesling tends to express apple, floral and tree fruit notes, with noticeable acidity,
and a hint of minerality.
A little residual sugar (2-3 gr/liter) is probably needed to balance the acidity without making the wine noticeable off-dry,
but can also be made in a true off-dry style (code 1: 5-15 gr sugar/liter)
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It's fall again. Time to rake leafs, I've seen ice on the deck and snow on the mountains.
But fall also means getting ready for the upcoming "limited wine' season.
This years we will offer our longtime regulars, Limited Edition from Winexpert, Passport Series from Vineco and after last years succes we will be offering the Restricted Quantities again from RJSpagnols.
This means we will carry a total of 13 wines, 9 Red and 4 White.
It looks like a true trip around the world with 2 Australian, 1 New Zealand, 1 South African, 1 Chilean, 1 Californian, 2 Spanish, 2 Italian, 2 French and 1 German wine.
From the 9 red wines, 5 come with skins.
6 pure varietals and 9 blends.
Please keep in mind that oak- and sweetness levels can always be adjusted to your personal taste.
Please note that all 3 programs have different order deadlines, if you like to be on the safe side, make sure that you have your complete order in before November 17th, or earlier if you don't want to miss out on the RQ wines.
RQ 2018: Deadine has already passed. RJ caught me a bit off guard this year with a real early deadline this year. I have secured a reasonable amount of kits though, which will can be ordered on a 'first come-first serve' basis.