and who am I to contradict a notion which seems to make more sense as the mercury levels start leaving the early twenties behind and start hugging the thirties? This will be my Summer mantra, and these will be some of my friends along the way.
Fleurie Sélection Georges Duboeuf
Fleurie has a very special type of geography, with a series of hillocks backing on to a chain of ridges (Fût d’Avenas, Col de Durbize, Col des Labourons, Pic Reymont) that drop gently down the slopes from a height of up to 450m to around 220m. The appellation, whose name has nothing to do with flowers but refers to a Roman legionary, extends in a single block over 870ha of the commune of Fleurie.
There are two distinct areas. In the sloping higher parts of the appellation at the foot of the ‘La Madone’ hill that overlooks the ‘cru’ and offers outstanding views over the vineyards, the soils are poor, acid and dry. They produce fine, highly aromatic wines. Above the village, the soils are deeper and contain clay: the wines are more structured and may be laid down for many years.
This Fleurie has an intense crimson colour and reveals a range of fruity and floral aromas: iris, violets, roses, red berries and wild peaches. The Fleurie is elegant and fine, and generally described as “feminine”.
This Languedoc cuvée Cote des Roses celebrates the Mediterranean Art de Vivre. The soil, very varied, is essentially made up of hard limestone of the garrigues, schistose soils but also of gravel brought by the rivers of Languedoc.
The climate, warm and windy ("semi-arid Mediterranean climate with mild winter variations") favours the maturation of the grapes and their good health, while maintaining coolness thanks to the altitude and the effect of the sea, which attenuates the high summer temperatures.
Its bottle is unique with a rose-shaped bottom, created by a young designer from the Ecole Boulle. It is a wine that is offered as a bouquet of Rose!
“The Moscato is the best dessert wine in the world… and Nivole is constantly the best”. (Michael Broadbent, Director of Christie’s and Master of Wine’s President)
“Always the best Moscato!”. (Decanter, Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator)
Following soft pressing of the grapes, the Moscato must is stored in a tank at -2°C followed by slow fermentation in an autoclave at a controlled temperature until it achieves an alcohol content of 5%. During this process, a part of the carbon dioxide developed during fermentation remains “entrapped”, giving the wine its mild, natural effervescence. Before bottling, it then undergoes a process of micro-filtration to give the wine its clarity, purity and stop any further fermentation of the yeasts.
Fresco di Masi is a new line of handcrafted organic wines, with a low alcohol content and authentic flavour profile. These are wines made “with the simplicity of former times, but to today’s high quality standards.”
Made from grapes harvested at the coolest time of day and immediately vinified, Fresco di Masi Rosso has a strong fragrance and attractive aromas of fresh fruit on the nose: from pomegranates to blackcurrants to the typical hints of cherries that make the wine so identifiably Veronese in origin.
This Aussie Sauvignon Blanc - Semillon (61% - 39%) blend shows a pale straw appearance with a slight green tinge. Its vibrant bouquet exhibits passionfruit and fresh lime characters, with and hints of dried herbs and floral notes in the background.
Medium bodied, the zesty palate offers freshly squeezed citrus flavours combined with tropical fruits and a touch of quince. An easy drinking ‘Classic’ Margaret River wine style with wonderful purity – crunchy, fruit driven, lip-smacking dry with crisp acidity and a clean refreshing finish.
A refreshing white from Stellenbosch, this is an aromatic wine with aromas on the tropical fruit side. Fresh with notes of honeysuckle and yellow fruits, such as peach and pineapple. Enjoy chilled on the patio while munching a chicken mayonnaise sandwich, or some herb crusted goat's cheese.
Since 2003 Neethlingshof has been following an active biodiversity oriented strategy in its farming practices. We are moving away from a mono culture of vines and in the process we are giving back to nature some of what we took from her in the past. We are actively promoting the return of the original Renosterveld in areas where vines used to grow. At the same time we leave islands of already growing indigenous plants or actively plant islands of new Renosterveld in the vineyards.
Anointed by the god Bacchus himself as one of his most loyal prophets, Joséf was entrusted with the sacred mission of bringing wine to people very early on in his adult life. Spreading his mantra that age improves with wine, he has now been delivering the good news for almost three decades, saving many a poor soul from being lost to meagre pleasures of other earthly potions by helping them see the light eternal, as seen through a gleaming goblet of wine of the finest.