As the seasons change, it’s portfolio tasting time again. Here are our top tipples from Enotria&Coe’s most recent event
Founded in 1964 with 30 growers grouping together, Champagne Jacquart has now grown to include more than 1,800, representing over 7% of the region helping to make a range of products.
The Mosaïque Signature, which is exclusive to on-trade, was however the stand out of the line up.
Made up of 40% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir and 25% Meunier, the nose delivers honeysuckle, orange blossom and stone fruits, followed by lemon curd, pastry and hazelnut. A soft mousse gives way to a fresh and flavour-packed mouthful, with the 7g/l dosage offering a slight sweetness that is well balanced by the acidity.
With five years maturation in the cellar and a proportion of the wine on lees for that time, this champagne offers a depth and complexity hard to come by in non vintages of this price point.
Based in Navarra, the Chivite family is a long established wine dynasty in Spain, spanning 11 generations and producing wine since 1647. It would seem fitting then that this wine was picked to serve another great family when only the best would do; at the wedding of King Felipe VI of Spain to Queen Letizia.
Planted on the clay and chalk soil slopes of Granja de Legardeta, the grapes are hand harvested and pressed before being placed into old French oak barrels to ferment and lie on lees for 11 months with daily bâtonnage.
The nose gives pronounced stone fruit, lime and white flowers, with the time in oak adding an extra layer of hazelnut, almond and vanilla. Smooth on the palate with lots of body and a refreshing acidity to balance.
A one-man band of eccentricity summed up by the winemaker’s own description of himself as the ‘extremely shaky captain… at the helm’. FRAM’s Thinus Krüger implores wine lovers to ‘cast off the bowlines and drink away from the safe options’ and this wine is certainly anything but safe.
Looking at the label to see an eyebrow-raising blend of 20% Chenel (a cross between Chenin and Trebbiano), 5% Muscat, 65% Palomino and 10% Sauvignon Blanc leaves the taster eager to know what will come out of the bottle.
The nose is a crammed with a mixture of aromas, as you would imagine from such a blend, with almond, salt, apple, mandarin, citrus and a splash of honeysuckle. A mixture of 2016 wine, fermented and left in barrel for a year, and 2017 wine, fresh from the harvest, its solo filtration and no addition of fining or stabilising agents only adds to the excitement of this Western Cape wine.
On the palate the addition of Sauvignon and Chenel gives the wine a good acidity, while flavour characteristics of all the varieties happily intermingle side by side offering something quite different, but well executed.
A trapiche is a wooden roller mill used to extract juice from fruit and olives and this wine certainly lives up to its name, with every drop of fruity flavour seemingly squeezed from the grapes.
Established in 1883 as the name suggests, this Mendoza winery was one of the first to enter the international market and now boasts the accolade of Argentina’s largest fine wine exporter.
While this wine is at the cheaper end of its portfolio, the nose is rich with ripe plums, black cherries and blackcurrants.
The palate is an equally juicy affair with smooth, soft tannins, slight spice and a decent length on the finish. Not an overly complex wine, but sure to be a customer favourite.
With an 80 year history in producing Californian Cabernets, although other varieties are now part of the repertoire, this 15.5% Napa proves that practice makes perfect.
Started by an Italian immigrant who began making wine at home with his father in San Francisco, the winery and its vineyards where sold to E&J Gallo in 2002.
Spending 18 months in a mixture of French and American oak, both new (30%) and old (70%), this wine pours deep purple with blackcurrant, blackberry, cedar, wood and a touch of chocolate on the nose.
Full bodied with rich, concentrated fruit on the the palate, chewy tannins and a long finish.
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