Tinhof Sparkling Rosé Burgenland NV
Country: AUSTRIA / Region: BURGENLAND / Appellation: BURGENLAND / Varietal(s): BLAUFRANKSICH --- The eleventh generation of his family to work in wine, Erwin Tinhof trained at Mas de Daumas Gassac after studying viticulture and enology at the University of Montpellier. His 14 hectares of vines in Eisenstadt, in the north of Burgenland, were certified organic in 2012. Tinhof focuses primarily on older-vine (up to 55 years) neuburger, weissburgunder, zweigelt, blaufränkisch and Sankt Laurent grapes, and this delightful sparkler is 100% blaufränkisch. Beautiful aromas of flowers, strawberries, raspberries, and melon evolve into flavors of berries, purple flowers, and delicate earthy, spicy notes in the mouth. Dry and floral, a saline, chalky finish is accented by hints of roses and honeysuckle, making for a unique, graceful sipper, perfect for toasting, or for pairing with goat cheese croquettes or shrimp cocktail.
Terre des Chardons "Bien Luné" Costières de Nîmes AOC 2014 - BIODYNAMICALLY GROWN
Country: FRANCE / Region: RHÔNE VALLEY / Appellation: COSTIÈRES DE NÎMES AOC / Varietal(s): GRENACHE+ SYRAH--- Costières de Nîmes is the most southerly appellation of the Rhône wine region in southeastern France. The Chardon family moved from Touraine, in the Loire Valley, to Bellegarde in the early 1980s, where they began farming apricots, cherries, and vegetables, converting to organic farming a few years later. When their son Jerome graduated from his studies in agronomy in 1993, he moved to the estate, and planted vineyards with syrah and grenache. The estate has for many years now been certified both organic and biodynamic, the result of Jerome's passion for sustainable farming and traditional winemaking methods. Accordingly, no chemicals are used in the vineyards or the winery, apart from a tiny bit of SO2 at the fermentation and bottling stages. Fermentation is entirely reliant on the naturally occurring indigenous yeasts. Picking, racking and bottling are all carried out in accordance with the phases of the moon, and the wines are all aged in stainless steel vats, seeing no oak. This all contributes to the fantastic freshness and character of these wines! Fresh and intensely aromatic, this explodes with scents of violets, damson plums, and cassis, highlighted by notes of leather and damp earth. A vibrant palate of ripe, tangy red berries, black cherry, blackcurrant, and spices remains at once airy and concentrated, with a complex finish of fine tannins, juicy acidity, and hints of savory smoked meat and black olive tapenade. A delicious biodynamic value, give this a try with coq au vin or lentil stew.
Puramun Malbec Reserva Valle de Uco 2013
Country: ARGENTINA / Region: MENDOZA / Appellation: VALLE DE UCO / Varietal(s): MALBEC --- Argentina has made its wine-producing name on malbec, offering easy drinking versions at affordable prices. However, the country can also vinify more robust styles as well. Puramun means "harvest" in the indigenous language of the region and it is the first solo project of acclaimed winemaker José “Pepe” Galante. He worked for many years at Catena Zapata establishing malbec but also pushing the heights to which Argentine winemaking could reach. Here he works a small site in the Valle de Uco sub-zone, considered by many as the top spot for growing malbec. Galante cuts no corners here: this is all hand harvested and then hand sorted twice to eliminate anything unwanted in the fermentation tank. The wine is aged in oak, a combination of new and used. The final product is big and robust, ideal for cold evenings, hearty bean stews or a meaty pasta dish.