Orchard and stone fruit on the nose with apple and pear notes and honey hints before a fresh, bright palate wrapped in bright acidity and good length to a clean finish. Value-priced.
A stalwart of Gascony for 7 centuries, the Chateau de Larressingle has been owned by the Papelorey family for 5 generations — that’s a lot of legacy in 1 bottle. Single distilled in an alembic column, Laressingle’s extra old Bas-Armagnac is carefully aged for 15 to 20 years in the region’s coveted black oak, where it develops into a velvety, earthy and deeply oaked spirit strewn with vanilla and dried fruits. This rich and soothing brandy is the definition of nightcap.
This is a farmhouse-style “scrumpy” fermented with Montmorency cherry juice and made with wild and brett yeast, and left unfiltered and unpasteurized. A crazy concoction that tests your senses with a funky nose of fresh cherries, cranberries with a brett note to go with pithy apple and a touch of citrus. It starts off-dry on the palate with all those wonderful red fruits but finishes dry with a citrus and tart apple edge to it.
From the ever-dependable Perrin family. A dense purple wine with a herbal, blackberry bouquet lifted with an iodine note and oak aromas; medium- to full-bodied, dry, elegant and firmly structured with juicy black-plum flavours.
Vibrant purple colour. Fresh nose of red fruits and light spices, a hint of green pepper. Supple, very fruity taste. Slightly bitter, it has a good fresh feel on the palate. Soft tannins and a balanced finish. Perfect with sandwiches on a warm spring day.
Fielding winemaker Richie Roberts is making a career out of aromatic whites, and his Rock Pile Gris is at the top of the class. The nose shows creamy pear, apple crisp, melon and an array of expressive spices that all jump from the glass. It has viscosity on the palate and broad, ripe fruit flavours that are fortified by delicious spices.
This single varietal red is a blend of 70% young estate Lillooet fruit and 30% older Black Sage Bench fruit. Wild berry aromas waft from the glass, while intense blackcurrant and boysenberry flavours attack a somewhat astringent palate. Smoky notes linger to the tart finish. Consider grilled vegetables.