Old Vines Wine Duo
For Preludio’s 2nd Chapter we are exploring the relationship of Time and Wine. At different stages of the winemaking process, Time has a huge influence on the final bottle.
This month we are delving into how the age of the vine effects the grape it produces. After decades of maturing a vine stops producing the same amount of grapes, but the grapes it does produce have a complexity and concentration that makes them stand out. Ahhh the wisdom that comes with age!
1 White, 1 Red
White: Nadine Ferrand “Pouilly Fuisse Prestige” 2016
A beautiful example of Pouilly Fuisse! Coming from a vineyard over 90 years of age the Ferrand has a little more body, richness, and colour than you might expect. A complex and classy 100% chardonnay with ripe fruit and depth.
Red: Acheson Wines “Lodi Cabernet” 2016
Concentrated flavours and richness round out this juicy Cabernet. Along the central coast of California this vineyard was planted around the Gold Rush (the 1850s!!!) and there is plenty to discover in this new world red.
2 Whites, 2nd white
Tenuta delle Terre Nere “Etna Santo Spirito” 2014
Grown on the side of the active volcano in Sicily this 100% Carricante shows the complexity and elegance that can come from these white grapes, in an area known almost exclusively for red. Some of the vines in this single vineyard are older than 100+ years and elevate this bottle to one of the great Cru whites in all of Italy. An excellent example of Carricante from an exceptional vintage.
2 Reds, 2nd red
Domaine de la Milliere Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2015
This CNDP is made from the traditional blend of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Cinsault and Counoise. But it is the centenarian Cinsault grapes that make this wine stand out. Usually just a minor player bringing softness and bouquet to the blend, with this bottle it brings a beautiful femininity and makes it a truly food friendly CNDP. Much lighter and more aromatic than other bottles from this appellation but a wine all the better for it.
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