Stéphane Ogier’s family had been growing grapes in the northern Rhône Valley for seven generations before his father Michel decided to make wine.
Geoff Kelly has dug deep into his large wine cellar to offer two very international library wine tastings.
Chateau La Nerthe Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone Valley 2011 $79 The bouquet is shy and loaded with earth, humus, fungal and foresty aromas, no longer brightly fresh or fruity but more mysterious and profound. It’s very full-bodied and quite muscular; deep, tannic, structured and emphatic, with traces
La Vielle Ferme 2014 AC Ventoux $22.99 A classic blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah. A creamy-textured wine with summer fruits and subtle spice flavours. Bone-dry but not austere – nicely balanced. An appealing style. (Screwcap) Score: 92 ★★★★ – view on bobcampbell.nz Alcohol: 12.5% Ageing:
French Wine Society, a US-based non-profit organization dedicated to French wine education, has announced its 2016 schedule of week-long study trips to some of the top wine regions in France.
Chateau de Montfaucon Cotes du Rhone red 2012 $29 This unwooded blend of grenache, syrah, cinsault, carignan and counoise is sweet and ripe to sniff and gently spicy, with aromatic wild herb notes, appealing for its savouriness and balance. An elegant, middleweight, fruit-driven red with
The Hunter Valley gets its name from Captain John Hunter who was Governor of the British colony in New South Wales at the time (1797). The region had been occupied by Aboriginal tribes at least 30,000 years before European settlement. The sprawling valley extends from 120 km to 310 km north of Sydney. It’s an easy two hour drive from Sydney giving weekend access to Sydney-siders wishing to change the fast pace of city life for tranquil, verdant countryside. Coal mining, wine growing and tourism fuel the economic growth of the region.
Ben Haines Flûte d’Amour Ventoux Rosé, La Verrière Vineyard, Rhone Valley 2012 $36 Value: fair Made by an Aussie in France, this is a very pale, very delicate rosé which is eminently quaffable and dry. Pale salmon pink, ethereal and savoury to smell and taste.
La Font du Vent Cotes-du-Rhone Les Promesses Grenache Syrah, Rhone Valley 2012 $22 From Chateauneuf-du-Pape producer Font de Michelle, this juicy, fruit-sweet red has spice and plum-juice aromas and a palate loaded with rich, spicy fruit and soft tannins. It’s deeper and more weighty than
Touring the wine regions of the Mosel and Rhone valleys in Germany it’s hard not to be seduced by the fairytale beauty of the villages, the houses and the castles. The roofs of almost all buildings are tiled with grey slate, each tile cut to a rounded shape and arranged like scales on a fish. It’s slate that makes the vineyards and the wines unique.