Kershaw Chardonnay Deconstructed Lake District Cartref CY96 is made from 100 percent Chardonnay.
Sourced from the western part of Elgin, known as the Lake District, this clone produces wines that are nervous, aromatic, elegant and sharp with slightly lower alcohol and finely balanced, the fruit profile being subtle with hints of citrus/orange peel and peach blossom and with time, some nutty elements. The Cartref soils, a mixture of decomposed granite, pebbles and quartz, adds delicacy and heightens the fruit intensity.
The inspiration for my Deconstructed Chardonnay stems from my belief that the Elgin region boasts credentials that make it world-class. To bolster these regional credentials, I have set out to prove that Elgin has both a signature grape, as well as specific ‘terroirs’ (meso-climates) that reflect intra-regional distinctions. To fully comprehend this, it is necessary to dig deeper into the DNA that make up our region. To elucidate this, I have decided to make these 3 Chardonnay wines, each selected from a specific vineyard and an individual clone. Importantly, this is an ongoing story that will unfold over the coming years.
Whilst 2017 experienced a cool winter to enable good vine dormancy, the rainfall was low and followed similar conditions felt in 2015 and 2016. Budbreak took place in ideal warm sunny conditions whilst flowering was a touch earlier than normal; strong blustery winds meant pollination took longer to complete. As a result, berry set was uneven leading to some smaller berries that despite a lower yield did have good concentration of flavours. Despite expecting an
early harvest an unusually cool December slowed down ripening whilst some January rain during veraison helped nourish the soils and more importantly, helped the vine focus on grape ripening rather than foliage & root growth. Harvest took place under blue skies in
mid-March. The net result of the drier year is that the grapes had decent natural acidity, achieved steady phenolic ripeness and plenty of intense fruit flavors.
Grapes were hand-picked in the early autumnal mornings, placed into small lug baskets and tipped directly into a press before being gently whole-bunch pressed up to a maximum of 0.6 bar or until a low juice recovery of 580 litres per ton was obtained. The juice gravity-flowed directly to barrel (no pumps were used at all) without settling. The unclarified juice had no enzymes or yeast added to it and therefore underwent spontaneous fermentation until dry, with malolactic discouraged. The wine rested in barrel for 4 months prior to judicious sulphuring and a further 7 months’ maturation in barrel before racking and bottling.
"A single clone (96) grown on a single parcel from a single vineyard of Cartref soils (decomposed granite and quartz). Roasted grain, wet stones, and lemon peel aromas. Precise and tightly coiled with an intense mineral character and yellow fruit and citrus zest flavors finishing with a smoky gunflint note. Matured in 50% new oak."
- International Wine Review (Richard Kershaw Lifts Elgin To New Heights, February 2019), 93 pts
Ribusieri Vermentino Montecucco Chiaranotte is 100% Vermentino and is the only white wine from Ribusieri.
It shows a pale yellow color with greenish hues, enticing enticing floral and tropical fruit notes in a velvety body. It is fresh on the palate, soft and persistent.
Although its viticultural roots date back to the 8th Century, Montecucco only received its DOC in 1998.
Cool breezes from Mount Amiato provide a thermic difference between day and night which enhance perfumes and slow the ripening which, added to the high elevations 180-450 meters above sea level create a vibrant acidity and wines destined to long age ability.
Harvest: generally occurs in the 1st or 2nd week of September when the pre-established qualities for this type of wine are reached.
The grapes are harvested strictly by hand and placed in crates in order to preserve their maximum integrity upon arrival at the winery.
Vinification: de-stemmed grapes are pressed with the aid of a pneumatic press and the the must is fermented at a controlled temperature of 16 ° C in steel tanks.
Aging: the wine obtained remains in stainless steel vats, where it is subject to frequent stirring lees until the month of March.
Average age of the vines is 20 years old planted on calcerous and stony soil type.
Aged on the fine lees in Stainless steel tanks.
Wine is slightly filtered before bottling.
Pairs best with seafood appetizers, asparagus, grilled and stewed fish dishes
Uvaggio Vermentino Lodi is made from 100 percent Vermentino.
Herbaceous aromas and bright citrus flavors give an almost-electric charge to this light-bodied, crisp and appetizing wine. Aromas of snap peas, parsley and fresh-cut grass lead to lemon and grapefruit flavors and a tingly mouthfeel. It's a perfect summer-to-fall drink.
"Herbaceous aromas and bright citrus flavors give an almost-electric charge to this light-bodied, crisp and appetizing wine. Aromas of snap peas, parsley and fresh-cut grass lead to lemon and grapefruit flavors and a tingly mouthfeel. It's a perfect summer-to-fall drink." — Jim Gordon Wine Enthusiast
Cantina di Verona Valpolicella Ripasso Superiore Vallis Dei is made from 70% Corvina Veronese, 25% Rondinella, 5% Molinara
Color: intense red ruby
Nose: winey, fruity with hints of oak. Some spice and vanilla.
Mouth: It is well balanced with round tannins.
Yield: 10000 kg of grapes per hectar – after which the grapes are dried “appassimento”
Ilaria Accordini Ripasso is made from 60% Corvina, 20% Rondinella, 20% Corvinoni
Intense red color with garnet hints. Almond and fresh walnut aromas. Full-bodied with a good structure.
This is an excellent red wine with a supple body. The techniques used to produce this wine is typical from the area.
Late harvest style Corvina aged on Amarone lees. The must of Amarone remains in the vat and instead of being pressed, it is topped up with high quality Valpolicella before being left to referment for about 10-15 days.
Pairs well with roasted meats.
Meridia Primitivo is 100% Primitivo
Dense ruby red with violet reflections.
Bouquet: A warm, spicy bouquet filled with bright, ripe plum aromas.
Taste: It is rich, full and round with a delicate spiciness on the finish.
Foods: Excellent with lamb, grilled and barbecued meats, dishes with olives or capers and seasoned cheeses.
Vineyard: High density vineyards located in the Salento in southwestern Apulia. Vines are trained on “alberello” (bush vines). The soil is a mixture of limestone and clay.
Harvest: October – by hand
The grapes are soft pressed and the juice is placed in stainless steel along with the skins for a maceration of 8 to 10 days with daily pumping over of the juice to extract more color and sweet tannins. The must is then racked and lightly filtered. Fermentation then takes place with selected yeast under controlled temperatures. The finished wine is placed in stainless steel holding tanks and bottled on order.
Aging: 3-4 months in bottle.
Pairs well with lamb, grilled and barbecued meats, dishes with olives or capers and seasoned cheeses.
Dolianova Vermentino di Sardegna is 100% Vermentino and shows a pale straw yellow color with slight greenish glints. Intense floral, fresh and fruity aromas. The palate is intense and persistent with good acidity, typical delicate bitter notes on the finish.
The grapes come from the territory surrounding the winery, characterized by medium textured soils composed of clayey limestone of Miocene origin, medium height slopes, sub-arid climate.
After a careful selection of the most suitable plots, grapes are de-stemmed, crushed then gently pressed. The obtained must is clarified by cold static decanting and selected yeasts are added to the clean part. Fermentation takes place at a temperature of 14-16°C for about fourteen days. When fermentation is complete, the wine remains on the fine lees for about 45 days and is bottled in the Spring following the harvest to keep its fresh characteristics intact. In perfect storage conditions, it can be aged for a further period of 2 years from bottling date.
Seafood appetizers, grilled and stewed fish.
Cantine di Dolianova was founded in 1949 on the union of 35 growers who joined forces to realize a common dream. Nowadays, the Cantine boasts over 300 associates; many of whom are the children and grandchildren of the founding members who carry on their fathers’ dreams with their commitment. Cantine di Dolianova was established to continue and promote the winemaking tradition.
In 2019 the wineries will celebrate their 70th anniversary. It is no coincidence that the history begins precisely in Dolianova, in the heart of Parteolla. In fact, recent discoveries have certified the presence of a winemaking culture in the territory, dating back to the Nuraghic period - an ancient tradition that renders the Winery’s history even more important.
70 years of history, 3,000 years of tradition.
In Sardinia, the name Dolianova has always been linked to the production of quality wines. The first evidence of wine-growing in the area dates back to over a thousand years ago, according to the Nuraghic artefacts (jugs, wine presses) found in the area.
The Cantine’s family album is full of images that show the Cooperative’s evolution and tell its winemaking story. Photos of the grape harvests, historic bottles and the first awards that they won. The faces of the past are superimposed with those of today, as the Cantine’s associates are often the children and grandchildren of the initial founders.
It has been easy to pass down the Cantine’s values from father to son over the last 70 years: love for the land, passion for the vines and commitment to always improve by aiming to produce superior quality wine. Today, like then, we work to give those who love our labels all the quality of the best Sardinian vines.
So many years of history have taught us that quality cannot be improvised. Cantine di Dolianova is ready to look to the future, with the strength and awareness that 70 years of history has brought us, along with the wisdom of an area that boasts 3,000 years of wine-making tradition.
The vineyards are mainly planted in Parteolla, in southeastern Sardinia - one of the sunniest parts of the island. The vineyards are located in the towns of Dolianova, Serdiana, Donori, Ussana and Soleminis. The most typical grape varieties of Sardinian traditions - Cannonau, Monica, Vermentino, Nuragus and Moscato - have found an ideal habitat here. The area is characterized by low hills and rolling terrain. Here, in the lower Campidano region, mild and moderately rainy winters alternate with hot, dry summers, with average minimum temperatures of approximately 12° C (rarely dropping below zero) and average maximum temperatures of 22° C (reaching maximums of 40° C at times).
This appellation springs from 4 plots, all classified premier cru: La Jeunelotte, La Pièce-sous-le-bois, Sous-le-dos-d’âne and Sous-Blagny : the Meursault-Blagny wine from our domain originates from 3 of these plots (or climats), Sous-le-dos-d’âne, La Pièce-sous-le-bois and Sous-Blagny.
This wine is distinguished for its fine, mineral sensation giving length in the mouth : in the first years, the aroma is rich and ranges from citrus fruit to white blossom moving towards honey, buttered toast and hazelnut.
After 2 or 3 years in the cellar it may be served before dinner with cubes of “jambon persillé” (pressed ham ) or “Comté” cheese; a little older it will be an ideal match for fish quenelles and with slightly more maturity, delicious with veal in cream sauce.
In a good cellar, Meursault-Blagny wine may be laid for 8/10 years.
The Rubus Project was created by Fran Kysela as a way to source & sell incredible wines at value prices. All wines in this international project are hand-selected by Fran Kysela. Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.
Grapes are sourced from the Lessini hills in the Colli Berici, where the cold nights allow the aromatic compounds in the grapes to develop. The vines, 20 years old on average, are planted on calcareous soils of volcanic origin.
Nice garnet and red color. Expressive and charming on the nose with cherry and blackberry aromas. On the palate, the wine has a nice spicy note. The length to the finish is round and long.
Rubus Pinot Noir is made from 100 percent Pinot Noir from Veneto Italy
Tasting notes: Nice garnet and red color. Expressive and charming on the nose with cherry and blackberry aromas. On the palate, the wine has a nice spicy note. The length to the finish is round and long.
The grapes are grown primarily on the hills south of Vicenza, the Colli Berici, where the hillside sites ensure lower yields and better ripeness of the grapes.
The vineyards are located in the hills and are south-west facing. The hillside sites experience cooler nights, allowing the aromatic compounds in the grapes to develop. The vines are trained using the Guyot system, planted on calcareous soils of volcanic origin.
Average age of the vines is around 20 years old.
The grapes were harvested, destemmed, crushed and then cool soaked for 24 hours. Maceration on the skins took place before fermentation at temperatures of up to 22°C. Following malolactic fermentation, 30% of the wine was aged in oak for four to five months prior to bottling.
Winemaker: Alberto Marchisio
Acidity: 5.3 g/Liter
RS: 5.6 g/Liter
Nice with roasted or grilled beef, game and a very good companion for matured cheese.