Monday, March 24, 2008

My favourite European wines (at a reasonable price).

European Wines

The wineshop "De Heerlyckheid" (dutch website) is my top address in Antwerp for good wines at a fair price. In the weekend of 18-20 april, the new wines will be introduced.
I got many favourites, but I want to introduce the three ones I like the most :

Soave Classico di Monteforte DOC Veneto (a white wine from Italy)
Gran Feudo Viñas Viejas Reserva 2001 (a red wine from Spain, Bodegas Julian Chivite)
Rapitala rosato (a rosé wine from Sicily)

Produced in the Navarra region from carefully selected hand-picked Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes, from our own vineyards ‘Hoya de los Lobos’, planted in 1954, ‘Clavijas’, planted in 1940, and ‘El Paso’, planted in 1960, located in Cintruénigo and Corella. These are the best and oldest local grapes for quality wines and they have been complemented with a little Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon from our vineyards in Aberin.
This wine has been matured in the traditional way in French (Allier) oak barrels, with a further evolution in bottle that refines and harmonises the qualities of this wine, developing its complex bouquet.

Grape variety : Tempranillo, Garnacha, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon
Style of wine : Reserva red
Alcohol volume : 12.50%
Barrel ageing : 18 months in French (Allier) oak barrels
Colour : A deep ruby, with a lighter rim, showing its age. Clear and bright.
Nose : Full ripe soft fruit nose, with hints of tobacco. Reminiscences of soft red fruits, ripe stone fruits and black fruits. Spicy with vanilla and nut notes.
Palate : The first impression is of a velvety softness, but this opens out into a full-bodied wine, filling the mouth. Complex, well-structured tannins and excellent hints of oak. Powerful finish. Alive, modern, allowing a good lay-down ageing.
Food matches : The wine's fragrance and balance make it a good partner for tender lamb roasted with rosemary.

Rapitala Rosato Sicilia IGT

Made from indigenous red grapes, nerello mascalese and perricone. Picked when they still have a good acidity and from selected parcels of vines at between 300 and 400 metres above sea level, they are vinified by the rosé method, leaving the must in contact with the skins for several hours immediately after a gentle pressing. A wine with a fresh, fruity flavour, a delicate bouquet and bright colour.

Grape variety : Nerello Mascalese – Perricone
Style of wine : Rosé
Alcohol volume : 12.50%
Colour : bright pink colour
Nose : a floral, fruity bouquet, and dry, full, elegant
Palate : clean flavour with a light aftertaste of fruit which lingers in the mouth
Food matches : Italian hors d’oeuvres (cured pork meats), fish, white meats, fresh cheeses

Soave Classico di Monteforte DOC Veneto

Selected parcels in the hills of Monteforte D'Alpone in the heart of the Classico zone, facing southwest. The soil is of volcanic origin and basalt-based, rich in calcium, potassium and magnesium. The vines are trained by the Pergola Veronese system , with a yield of 100 quintals of grapes per hectare.
The ripe grapes are gathered at the beginning of October, and undergo a gentle pressing. 70% is vinified by the white wine method, the rest is cold macerated for 24 hours on the skins to improve the aromas and the structure. After natural clarification, nearly all the must is fermented at a controlled temperature with selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks until the beginning of February. The wine is cold sterile bottled.

Grape variety : 85% Garganega, 15% Chardonnay
Style of wine : White
Alcohol volume : 12.50%
Colour : pale straw colour with vivid green tints
Nose : dry, savoury, balanced, very agreeable flavour, with an elegant, lingering aftertaste of white peaches and almonds
Palate : Delicate but well defined bouquet, of exceptional finesse with a fresh fragrance of elderflower and vine and cherry blossom and mellow hints of exotic fruit.
Food matches : fresh starters, fish, barbeque

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