McLaren Vale visit

I visited McLaren Vale briefly with my fellow MW students in November, with stops at Coriole and Noon.  Some vineyard pictures and brief comments follow. (Above) Shiraz vines at Coriole, against a backdrop of dry fields.  Some (possible) wind damage on shoot tips on right hand side. Fruit set on 1919 shiraz vines at Coriole. […]

Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2009

Remelluri is a serious estate wine Rioja producer.  The Gran Reserva remains in the winery for 7 years before release, sees a substantial 27 months in barrel and is a blend of mostly tempranillo and garnacha, with cameos from graciano, moscatel, malvasia and viura.  So a blend of almost all of the Rioja varieties, red […]

Tasting a chambourcin; d’Arenberg The Peppermint Paddock Sparkling Red NV

Here two interests – lesser known grape varieties and wine styles – unexpectedly meet with a sparkling red blend of 63% chambourcin, 20% shiraz and 17% graciano.  Chambourcin is a hybrid grape variety (so not a vitis vinifera) that tolerates wet weather well and is winter hardy, characters that admittedly do not appear ostensibly useful […]