Join us this Saturday, April 23rd, from 5-7 as we host Invoer Ekke, importers of fine artisanal wines from Spain and South Africa...
Stop in and taste:
Bodegas Costers del Sio, Petit Sios, 2014
A delicate, and balanced blend of Viognier, Chardonnay, and Muscat petit grain. This Spanish white, delivers ripe fruit, and subtle aromatic character.
Lammershoek Winery, Lam Pinotage, 2013
A lighter expression of the quintessential South African hybrid grape: Pinotage. Unfined and unfiltered, this lighter-bodied red delivers dusty, red-fruit character, with subtle earth and spice notes. Beautiful with a light chill.
Trossos del Priorat, Lo Petit de la Casa, 2011
An expression of younger vines Grenache from the Terroirs of Gratallops in Priorat. This red delivers, savory, round, black and dark red fruit character. Spicy, deep and nuanced.
Before being properly identified, this common South American grape varietal was thought to be one-in-the-same as this classic French varietal. What are the names of the two grape varietals that were commonly conflated here?
Cuttings of Carménère were imported by Chilean growers from Bordeaux during the 19th century, where they were frequently confused with Merlot vines. During most of the 20th century Carménère was inadvertently collected and processed together with Merlot grapes (probably reaching up to 50% of the total volume) giving Chilean Merlot markedly different properties to those of Merlot produced elsewhere. Chilean growers believed that this grape was a clone of Merlot and was known as Merlot selection or Merlot Peumal (after the Peumo Valley in Chile). In 1994, a researcher at Montpelliers school of Oenology found that "an earlier-ripening vine was Bordeaux Carménère, not Merlot". The Chilean Department of Agriculture officially recognized Carménère as a distinct variety in 1998