Rare Grapes Wine Box
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Explore some little-known grapes with this wine box. Great to impress your wine geeks fellas or your sweet half. Or just for you, enjoy the wines! Here’s the wine line up and some curiosities about the grapes.
Les Saules 2018, Hervé Villemade, Loire Valley, France
Romorantin is a white skinned grape variety from the Loire Valley and it is considered to be a sibling to the famous Chardonnay. It takes its name from a small town called Romorantin and the wine produced from these grapes is usually crisp, bright and refreshing - which are the characteristic features of the Loire Valley white wines.
Mangaliza 2019, Testalonga El Bandito, Swartland, South Africa
Harslevelu is Hungary’s hidden gem, but this one is grown in South Africa. This late ripening grape takes its name from the linden tree, which the vine’s leaves closely resemble. In blends, it adds an essential exotic perfume and softness to the Tokaji wine and other dessert wines, but on its own as a varietal wine has a distinctive floral, pear, grapefruit and quince character.
Klinec Rebula 2015, Klinec Medana, Goriska Brda, Slovenia
Rebula or Ribolla Gialla, grows in Slovenia and northeastern Italy. It’s a fairly aromatic grape, very versatile and typically high in acid. It ripens late with only moderate alcohol and often with a saline, mineral texture.
Teresa 2019, Cascina Tavijn, Piedmont, Italy
Ruché (pronounced ROO-kay) is another fascinating Asti (Piedmont) variety. Genetically similar to Pinot Noir, its origins and name are veiled in mystery. Cultivated on the Monferrato hills, particularly around Castagnole, its area of choice, since the Middle Ages, the wine is rich in polyphenolic substances, mainly tannins, that generate the wine’s structure.
Pineau d’Aunis 2019, Clos du Tue-Boeuf, Loire Valley, France
Pineau d’Aunis, whose story began in the Loire Valley in the Middle Ages, is dark skinned and characterised by a gently peppery spiciness. With mostly irregular yields, it is also highly susceptible to bunch rot and very sensitive to the soil conditions it is grown in. It was named after the Prieure d'Aunis, a small monastery located halfway between Saumur and Champigny.
I Vicini Grignolino 2019, Jean-Yves Péron, Savoie
A local grape from Piedmont, Grignolino is not an easy one to manage - being prone to diseases like peronospera (downy mildew), and sensitive to climatic extremities with typically low yielding. It is best enjoyed young and its seedy grape is known for its tannins, light ruby colour, vibrant acidity and peppery notes.