This edition of our New Wine reviews is about to tell you 3 stories. Even though they are not connected with each other, yet when digging deeper into the work of these passionate winemakers, it is obvious that they aim to represent the area they grow the grapes and vinify their wines as well and precise as they can. Doing exactly that ensures that the wine is not out of place but tied to the region’s traditions, local cuisine and, as they say, as nature intended.
When you look at this win’s label, you see a striking picture of a fossil. Pedro Marques makes brilliant organically-grown white wines showcasing indigenous grape varieties on clay-limestone soils with a high shell content. It gives this wines that unique salinity that goes well when you pair this wine with salt cod or other rich type of fish that Portuguese villages catch from Atlantic.
Pedro is the fourth generation growing wines in a 13 ha estate named Vale da Capucha. Before taking over the family vineyard management, he worked in different regions in Portugal such as Douro, Alentejo, Tejo and also in California and New Zealand.
This Portuguese white wine has delicious notes of peaches and pink grapefruit, its balanced acidity contrasts well with the richness of the wine.
Pair this white wine with more intensely flavoured foods with spices and herbs such as coriander, ginger, fennel and mint.
ABV: 12.5%. Grape varieties: 92% Fernão Pires, 8% Arinto. Suitable for both vegetarians and vegans as there was no filtration or fining involved. Neither eggs or milk are used in production.
The Ciu’ Ciu’ farm was founded in 1970 by Natalino Bartolomei and Anna Maria Iobbi and it is not far away from Offida, a medieval village that is rich on traditions. Today the brothers Massimiliano and Walter, thanks to the passion and experience of their father Natalino, continue the job of vine-growing.
Ciù Ciù farm matured its conviction that the wine must be the most authentic expression of the origin’s territory. This is the production’s philosophy of the farm.
The vineyard growing systems that have low environmental as well as biological impact made the Ciù Ciù wines famous in the local and international market.
Made with Montepulciano and Sangiovese, this red wine has a delightful nose of strawberry, morello cherry and liquorice root. The wine has an uncomplicated juiciness that begs for a second glass. It can even be lightly chilled. Gorgeous red fruit profile of this Italian organic red wine.
This Italian red wine is very versatile: try with pizza, grilled meats, pasta and tomato sauce. ABV: 13.5%. Certified organic and suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
Our final new wine is a powerhouse type of organic red wine. It is also coming from a very small delimited DO Pago Chozas Carrascal and being a Vino de Pago means it is an exceptional wine that truly reflects the soils and its region.
Las Ocho is meaty, fleshy and well-balanced. It expresses mature and very round tannins. Flavours of pronounced black fruit, touch of red fruit, balsamic, vanilla, coffee and chocolate. There is a hint of minerality that comes with its long finish. Black fruit and balsamic aromas. Intense and elegant. Vanilla and toasted aromas. Blend of eight varieties aged in barrels made of oak from the Allier forests.
The name comes from the fact that it is made out of 8 grape varieties: Bobal, Monastrell, Garnacha Tinta, Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot.
14% abv. Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, and further 12 months in bottle.
It is also award-winning: Bronze Medal at Decanter: 2015, 2016 editions
Whether you are looking for a white wine that has been expressive of Atlantic ocean salinity, a more mellow Italian red or much more powerful but round Spanish one, be sure that your wine is made by a true artisan with love and care, both for your health and environment. Cheers to that