Oliver Camelot Mead is made from orange blossom honey fermented to near dryness in stainless steel tanks.
Clean and fresh with delightful floral and honey aromas and flavors. Delicately sweet, with a nice balance.
Will complement Asian or light chicken dishes, mild creamy cheeses or desserts.
We have been making Camelot Mead since 1972, and have learned all the tricks to make a rich flavorful classic mead.
The Oliver Estate
Oliver Winery started in the 1960's as a hobby in the basement of Indiana University law professor William Oliver. His enthusiasm for making wine led him to establish a vineyard north west of Bloomington. Soon the flourishing vines produced grapes far in excess of his needs as a hobby winemaker, and he began plans to open a commercial winery.
Professor Oliver was instrumental in passing legislation allowing for the creation of small wineries in Indiana . The Indiana Small Winery Act passed in 1971 and Oliver Winery opened to the public in 1972. Initially sales were modest, but grew quickly after we began making Camelot Mead, a light wine made from honey.
Professor Oliver's son, Bill, took charge of the winery in 1983. He focused on enhancing the visitor experience by increasing wine quality and variety, establishing our gardens, and providing great customer service. Sales grew steadily in the 80's reaching 25,000 cases by 1990.
In 1993 Kathleen Oliver joined the winery as General Manager. This allowed Bill to focus on winemaking and viticulture and Creekbend Vineyard was started in 1994. Retail sales continued to grow and allowed for the construction of a new tasting room in 1997. By 2000 sales had reached 60,000 cases.
While retail sales marked the greatest growth prior to 2000, the years after saw tremendous growth in wine sold through wholesale channels. Major facility expansions occurred in 2002 and 2007 making Oliver Winery one of the largest wineries in the eastern United States. In 2002, interstate expansion began as Kentucky became the first state outside of Indiana to offer Oliver wines. By 2008 we had distribution in 14 states. In 2008 total case sales exceeded 270,000 cases.
They farm 35 acres of vineyard land called Creekbend Vineyard, located in Monroe County and sitting on a ridge top overlooking the Beanblossom Valley. The site, with moderately sloped, well-drained soil atop limestone bedrock, is part of the geographic region known as the Norman Uplands. The vineyards are a mix of vinifera (Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as small experimental plantings of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Pinot Grigio), Native American varieties and interspecific hybrids (Chardonel, Marechal Foch, Chambourcin and Traminette).
Made from Niagara and Chardonel grapes.
10.8% Alcohol by Volume
7% Residual Sugar
Delicate and sweet with intense fruity aromas and flavors. A blend of America’s best American and hybrid grapes.
Velvet White is superb served chilled by itself, with mild cheeses, or dessert.
Select Wine Competition Awards:
2011 GOLD Pacific Rim
2011 GOLD Critics Challenge
2011 SILVER Grand Harvest
2011 SILVER Florida State Fair International
2011 SILVER Winemakers Challenge International
2011 SILVER San Francisco Chronicle
2011 SILVER San Diego International
2011 SILVER Monterey
2011 SILVER Los Angeles International
2011 SILVER Tasters Guild
2011 SILVER Riverside
2011 BRONZE Finger Lakes International
2011 BRONZE Dallas Morning News
The Nuits-Saint-Georges A.C. wines are produced on land delimited by the parishes of Nuits-Saint-Georges and Premeaux-Prissey.
The grapes bear small little dark red berries. The bunches are destemmed; they macerate in open vats during 4 weeks helping this subtle terroir to reveal itself. After devatting, the wines are aged in oak barrels during 18 months.
Bright cherry, currant and strawberry fruit flavors are backed by a dense matrix of dusty tannins in this compact red. Balanced, lingering with a hint of cumin on the finish. The saturated flavors are intense. Best from 2023 through 2038. 660 cases made, 200 cases imported. — Wine Spectator 93 Points
El Cismatico Garnacha is made from 100% Garnacha.
The wine is produced from 3 single vineyards - El Mimbreral, Piedra Blanca, Cerro Merino - situated between 850 to 900 meters high. These parcels share the same geological characteristics of pebble stones, red clay, marl and limestone which impart a precise and floral profile to the Garnacha grape that has achieved a balanced acidity and a low pH.
El Cismatico offers an intense ruby red in color. The nose is still very youthful, deep and complex with aromas changing every minute. Its starts out with notes of roasted meat, beets, wild red fruit, cloves, pepper. Little by little, as the wine opens the nose displays touches of crushed violets, pencil lead, black cherry and a light touch of mountain herbs. Fine, elegant and bold, the ripe fruit is exquisitely balanced by fresh acidity achieved from growing Garnacha at altitude. The tannin is firm but polished with an extremely long finish. Drinking 2022 and onwards for many years.
El Cismático is only released when the correct raw material has been achieved to make an Old Vine Garnacha with the capacity to age gracefully for years in bottle, gaining complexity along the way. The objective is to produce a wine that has the capacity to age quite happily for up to 30 years.