Krohn 1965 Vintage Port

The 1965 Port Vintage was not an exceptional Vintage though some Port houses did make a declaration. Port vintages in the 60s, 70s and 80s tended to be limited to about 3, or maybe 4, declarations per decade. Today it almost seems as if the Port houses make a declaration every other year, I guess things have changed an awful lot since then. 1965 was a very dry vintage, there was some rain in March, but the vines became very stressed and dried up as no more rain was forthcoming during the rest of the year. It was therefore a difficult vintage. This combined with a bit of an abundance of Vintage Port in the early 1960s with 1960, 1963 (a classic) and 1966 being declared meant only a handful of Port houses declared 1965 Vintage Port.

However, 1965 was a very significant vintage for Wiese and Krohn as it was their centenary vintage. It was a small vintage and only 2600 bottles have ever been released and then only directly from the Krohn’s cellars.

This year, 2015, there has been a very small amount of this Port released to celebrate Krohn’s 150th Anniversary. Krohn 1965 Vintage Port will make an excellent 50th birthday present or 50th anniversary present in 2015.

Buy Krohn 1965 Vintage Port online at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Krohn 1965 Vintage Port is not the only 1965 Vintage Port that was released. There are only a handful of other Vintage Ports from 1965 but most others that I have seen have been Single Quinta Ports or similar, such as Fonseca Guimaraens 1965. These should not be confused with with with 1965 Colheita Port. A Colheita Port is a Tawny Port made from grapes from a single harvest (like Vintage Port) that has to be aged for at least 7 years in oak casks and, in practice, much longer. These are a different style of Port.

Krohn 1965 Vintage Port 4

Krohn 1965 Vintage Port Tasting Notes

(from Wiese and Krohn) An attractive pale, brick red colour. Krohn 1965 has a very fine, mature nose dispalying rich, opulent aromas of coffee and butterscotch overlaid with hints of apricot and tobacco. On the palate the Port shows exceptional elegance without the slightest heaviness. Rich, mocha flavours flow into the long warming mellow finish. A beautifully mature, Vintage Port, complex and seductive, showing great poise and finesse.

Each bottle of Krohn 1965 Vintage Port was hend-stencilled with the words “Vintage 1965″ at time of bottling. The bottle also features modern front and back labels and the Port is presented in a smart, wooden gift box.

This Port will require decanting – please read my Guide to Decanting Port.

About Wiese and Krohn Port

Wiese and Krohn was founded in 1865 by two young Norwegians, Theodor Wiese & Dankert Krohn. Edmundo Falcão Carneiro acquired the company in the 1930s and Wiese and Krohn was run by the second and third generations of the Falcão Carneiro family until 2013. Krohn Port was acquired by the Fladgate Partnership (owners of Taylor, Croft and Fonseca) in 2013. Krohn’s stocks of Port reach over 5 million litres and are stored in six cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and one cellar in the Douro Region. They have exceptional stocks of aged tawny Port and colheita Port dating back to 1863.

Are you looking for 1965 Vintage Armagnac? Read my article here about Baron de Lustrac and Baron de Sigognac Armagnac.

Malbec World Day Tasting

Did you know that April the 17th is Malbec World Day?

Malbec World Day Brand
Malbec World Day in Association with Wines of Argentina

Well it is, and to celebrate all things Malbec-ian we are holding a Malbec World Day Wine tasting on Friday 17th. We will be showing a selection of Malbecs at different price points. There will be 6 wines in total including 3 wines from Trapiche, one from Terrazas de Los Andes and a couple of new wines, one each from Zohar (made by the world-famous Susana Balbo) and one from Puro (don’t tell anyone, but this has some Cabernet in it too!). More information below.

The tasting is free of charge at our shop between 5.00pm and 7.30pm. It is the usual drill for tastings at our shop. As you know we are short on space so I will divide the session up into half hour slots – please let me know if you wish to attend and let me know which time slot you would like to book in for.

Malbec World Day Wine Tasting 2015

@ Fareham Wine Cellar

Friday 17th April 2015

5.00pm until 7.30pm

There are five time slots available,

5.00pm until 5.30pm

5.30pm until 6.00pm

6.30pm until 6.30pm

6.30pm until 7.00pm

7.00pm until 7.30pm

Telephone 01329 822733 or email dominic@farehamwinecellar.co.uk to book in or if you require an further information.

Read more about Malbec World Day at last year’s blog post and at the Wines of Argentina website and don’t forget to check out my Chimichurri Sauce Recipe to go with your steak washed down with a glass of malbec! Don’t forget to follow the #malbecworldday on Twitter.

Wines on show will be,

Trapiche Melodias Malbec, Mendoza

Trapiche Estacion 1883 Malbec, Mendoza

Terrazas de los Andes Selection Malbec, Mendoza, 1067m

Trapiche Terroir Series Malbec Vina Finca Suarez Lastra, La Consulta, San Carlos, Mendoza 2010

There will also be 2 new wines, Puro Malbec / Cabernet by Dieter Meier and Zohar Malbec by Susana Balbo.

 

Craft Whisky Tasting

Featuring Teeling Irish Whiskey, Millstone Dutch Whisky & Mackmyra Swedish Whisky

Whisky Tasting With Scott Paine from Marussia Beverages

A tutored whisky tasting of fabulous whiskies from small producers and from countries that one might perhaps might not immediately think of when it comes to whisky production!

Craft Whisky Tasting

Tuesday 26th May 2015 @ 7.30pm

Lysses House Hotel
51 High Street
Fareham
PO16 7BQ
Maplink

Tickets £10.00 in advance only

Tickets for the Craft Whisky Tasting must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable – however, each ticket will entitle the attendee of the whisky tasting to a £5.00 refund off any orders placed on the evening.

Please purchase your tickets in advance from Fareham Wine Cellar.

Scott Paine, Marussia Beverages, will be showing Irish Whiskey from small independent producer Teeling as well as Dutch Whisky from Millstone and Mackmyra Swedish Whisky. I will confirm the exact details of the whiskies as soon as I have them but think it will be three whiskies from each distillery. This will be a formal seated whisky tasting with a short informational talk about each distillery and whisky as we proceed through the tasting. If you attended the Compass Box Whisky tasting in 2014, it will be the same format as that.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are non-refundable – however, each ticket will entitle the attendee to a £5.00 refund off any orders placed on the evening of the whisky tasting.

Please find more information about the items we will trying at the whisky tasting below. More details to follow.

Craft Whisky Tasting with Mackmyra Millstone and Teeling 2Teeling Irish Whiskey

The Teeling Irish Whiskey brand is a newcomer to the Irish Whiskey scene. However the Teeling family have been a large part of the Irish Whiskey world for many years, as far back as 1782. The Teeling family founded and owned the famous Cooley Distillery in 1987. If you are into Irish Whiskey you will probably have tried one of their whiskies before, they include Millar’s, Tyrconnell, Connemara, Kilbeggan and Greenore. The family sold out to Bean Inc (now Beam Suntory) in 2012.

Teeling are currently building a brand new distillery in Dublin, which will be the first new build distillery in Dublin for 125 years. Currently they produce four different whiskies, from stocks they have secured from their old distillery – a blended, a grain, a newly releases single malt (best Irish Single Malt at the World Whisky Awards 2015) and a 21 year old.

Teeling Irish Whiskey, The Teeling Whiskey Company 46%

Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey, The Teeling Whiskey Company 46%

Teeling Single Malt Irish Whiskey, The Teeling Whiskey Company 46%

Millstone 100 Rye WhiskyMillstone Dutch Whisky

Millstone Dutch Whisky is a handcrafted whisky from the Netherlands and the only distillery on the world that mills its malted barley using wind power in a windmills! This traditional way of milling causes almost no increase in the temperature of the grain and thus helps preserve the aromas and flavours of the grain.

Millstone Whisky is double distilled in handcrafted copper stills. These are small stills but with a large copper surface – extra contact between the alcohol vapours and the copper helps to eliminate any unwanted substances and also stimulates the formation of the complex and fruity esters. The small stills thus produce a very delicate and fruity new spirit.

Millstone produce a range of whiskies including single malts with various wood finishes and the superb Millstone 100 Rye Whisky – 100% Rye, aged for 100 months in barrel and then bottled at 100% US proof (50% ABV). It won the Best European Rye at the 2014 World Whiskies Awards.

Millstone is owned and produced by the Zuidam family who have over 50 years experience distilling exclusive spirits. They are probably most famous, at the moment, as producers of the fantastic Zuidam Genever.

Millstone 100 Rye Whisky, Baarle-Nassau, Zuidam Distillers 50% 70cl

Millstone Single Malt Whisky, Baarle-Nassau, Zuidam Distillers 40% 70cl

Mackmyra Brukswhisky and Mackmyra First EditionMackmyra Swedish Whisky

Another relative newcomer to the whisky scene. Mackmyra Whisky was founded by eight classmates from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm in Mackmyra Bruk, Sweden. Their first commercial release of whisky was in 2002.

They produce a range of very interesting whiskies aged in Swedish oak with some more experimental wood finishes, including casks that have held silver birch wine for the Mackmyra Midnattsol or casks seasoned with gluhwine (along with French Bordeaux and Sherry cask) for their Midvinter whisky.

Mackmyra Brukswhisky Swedish Single Malt Whisky 41% 70cl

Mackmyra First Edition Swedish Single Malt Whisky 46.1%

Louis Jadot 2013 En Primeur Wine Tasting

Saturday 17th January

3pm until 5.30pm

@ Fareham Wine Cellar

This is a pretty informal wine tasting, please just visit our shop between 3pm and 5.30pm on Saturday 17th January if you would like to try some of the Louis Jadot 2013 En Primeur wines.

There will be special En Primeur prices for wines ordered on the day. As an En Primeur offer, customers will pay for the wines only – the duty and the VAT will be due when the wines are delivered to the UK which will most likely be late 2015 / early 2016.

We have a small selection of Louis Jadot 2013 En Primeur white wines with and a few more red wines to try. These include a few of my favourites. There is the superb Clos de Rochegres, a Moulin A Vent made at Jadot’s Chateau des Jacques property in Beaujolais. A stunning wine that will gracefully age for up to 20 years. There is the single vineyard Pouilly Fuissé from Domaine Ferret, an estate recently bought by Jadot, which produces some fantastic wines. Then there are a couple of ever reliable, affordable red Burgundies, the Santenay Clos de Malte and the Beaune Boucherottes 1er Cru.

Louis Jadot 2013 En Primeur White Wines

Pouilly Fuissé “Clos des Prouges” Tete de Cru, Domaine J A Ferret

Meursault Les Tillets

Louis Jadot 2013 En Primeur Red Wines

Clos de Rochegres Moulin A Vent, Chateau des Jacques

Cote de Nuits Village “Le Vaucrain”, Domaine Louis Jadot

Monthelie “Sous Roches”, Recolte des Domaines

Santenay Clos de Malte, Domaine Louis Jadot

Beaune Greves 1er Cru, Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot

Beaune Boucherottes 1er Cru, Domaine des Heritiers Louis Jadot

 

If you would like to read more about the 2013 vintage, there is a vintage report from the Bureau Interprofessionnel des Vins de Bourgogne (BIVB) press conference at the Hospice de Beaune 2013.

To see our current selection of Burgundy wines, please visit our website.

Baron de Sigognac Vintage Armagnac Chart

Baron de Sigognac are one of the top suppliers of Armagnac and specialise in older Vintage Armagnacs. We supply a wide range of their Armagnacs dating back to the early 1900s.

Thierry Beaumont from Baron de Sigognac gave me permission to post this Armagnac Vintage Chart which they have created to show how the various vintages compare in terms of their various main characteristics. You can cross reference the 5 main tastes – spices, fruits, bakery, floral and green – with three different weights ranging from fine, light and easy to drink to classic, rich and well-balanced up to the more powerful and expressive vintages.

Follow the link below to open the PDF file and check what the main characteristics of the Vintage Armagnac from your birth year are.

Baron de Sigognac Vintage Armagnac Chart

Armagnac is arguably France’s second most famous brandy, after Cognac, and tends to be richer, fuller-bodied and more powerful than the often more delicate, floral Cognacs. However, with age, Armagnacs become very soft, smooth and mellow indeed and often offer much better value for money than their rather more fashionable cousin.

Baron de Sigognac Armagnac Label

Baron de Sigognac has been owned by the Guasch family since 1974 and the family can trace their roots in Gascony all the way back to the 12th Century. They are now one of the region’s largest courtier and negociant operations and specialise in sourcing and bottling older vintage Armagnacs. The Domaine is unusual in the Armagnac region as all of its own production is used to distil Armagnac – they do not produce any wines at all. The distilling is done using a 100 year old short column still which produces around 50 to 60 casks of new Armagnac per year. The spirit is then left to quietly age in their cellars until the father-and-son team of Jean-Claude and Thomas either decide to bottle the Armagnac as single vintage Armagnac or use it one one of their fantastic blends – they do 10, 20, 25, and 50 year old blends, as well as a fantastic Platinum XO. Read more at the Baron de Sigognac website.

See all of our vintage Armagnacs, including those from Baron de Lustrac, here.

Christmas Wine Tasting

Fareham Wine Cellar Christmas Wine Tasting 2014

All free of charge, all at our shop. We will be running half an hour times slots for the second and third wine tastings, so everyone doesn’t turn up at once. As you know, we are a bit short for space! More information on this and the wines we will be showing very shortly. The Champagne Forget Brimont tasting is a matter of just turning up between 1pm and 5pm.

Christmas Wine TastingChristmas Wine Tasting Dates 2014

Champagne Tasting – Champagne Forget Brimont

Saturday 29th November 1pm until 5pm
Please turn up anytime between 1pm and 5pm for this tasting. We will be showing the full range of Champagne Forget Brimont wines including Brut, Rosé, Blanc de Blancs and Vintage Champagnes. You may be aware of Champagne Forget Brimont, they are a small, family owned Champagne producer who we have been buying from for over 20 years.
Champagne Forget-Brimont Cuvée Prestige Millesime Vintage Brut 

Find out more about Champagne Forget Brimont at my earlier blog post.

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Christmas Wine Tasting with Richard Oldman of Louis Latour

Saturday 6th December 1pm until 5pm

Richard Oldman works for Louis Latour Agencies who Wakefield Estate Shirazrepresent, not just the famous Burgundian wine producer Louis Latour but also other wineries such as Wakefield Estate from Australia and Craggy Range from New Zealand. Richard will be showing a selection of wines for festive drinking focusing on Louis Latour and Wakefield Estate wines, including Wakefield Estate Shiraz 2013.This tasting will have 30 minute time slots so we can fit the most amount of people into our tiny shop and show the wines in (relative) comfort. Please email or telephone 01329 822733 to book a time slot.

1.00pm until 1.30pm
1.30pm until 2.00pm
2.00pm until 2.30pm
2.30pm until 3.00pm
3.00pm until 3.30pm
3.30pm until 4.00pm
4.00pm until 4.30pm
4.30pm until 5.00pm

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Christmas Wine Tasting with James Wilson of Hatch Mansfield

Tuesday 16th December  5.30pm until 7.30pm

@ Fareham Wine CellarDomaine Carneros Brut

Hatch Mansfield represent a number of very well known wine brands in the UK, here are our selection of some of their very best wines for Christmas.

Sparkling Wine

Domaine Carneros Brut Vintage, Methode Traditionelle

White Wine

Esk Valley Pinot Gris, Hawke’s Bay

Santenay Clos de Malte, Domaine Louis Jadot 2009

Red Wine

Moulin A Vent, Chateau des Jacques, Louis Jadot

Domaine Carneros Avant Garde Pinot Noir

Grant Burge The Holy Trinity Grenache / Shiraz / Mourvedre, Barossa Valley

Lanzerac Pionier Pintage, Stellenbosch

This tasting will have 30 minute time slots so we can fit the most amount of people into our tiny shop and show the wines in (relative) comfort. Please email or telephone 01329 822733 to book a time slot.

5.30pm until 6.00pm
6.00pm until 6.30pm
6.30pm until 7.00pm
7.30pm until 7.30pm

Any questions about Christmas Wine Tasting, please phone or email. We hope to see you there!

Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum

A new name and packaging for Pussers Blue Label Rum! Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum will be launched in the UK in early 2015. As I write this both Blue Labels are available, so be careful which one you are buying!

It may come as a surprise to some, but did you know that there are various different Pussers Rums bottled at different strengths? In the UK we have basically had a choice of 2 Pussers Rums – Pussers 15 Year Old Rum with a red label, bottled at 40% abv, and the Pussers Blue Label Rum which has always been bottled at 54.5% abv. The only other market in the world to take the 54.5% rum was Germany which I suspect is a hangover from the many Army bases and forces personnel we once had there.

In the meantime the rest of the world was drinking Pussers Blue Label Rum bottled at 40% or 42% abv (80 or 84 proof). Pussers Rum are undergoing a period of modernisation and change which means a certain consolidation, rationalisation and the release of a new product, Pussers Spiced Rum.Pussers Spiced Rum

There will now be 4 expressions of Pussers Rum as well as Pussers Spiced Rum.

Pussers Blue Label (International) – 40% abv
Pussers Blue Label (North America) – 42% abv
Pussers Black Label Gunpowder Proof – 54.5% abv
Pussers Green Label “Overproof” – 75% abv
Pussers Spiced Rum – 35% abv

Therefore, the Pussers Blue Label Rum for the UK market will now be bottled at 40% and the old Blue Label 54.5% (it’s not disappearing, don’t fret) has been relabelled and rebranded as Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum and will have a smart black and gold label, the abv remains at 54.5%.

Pussers Rum Blue Label 40% Bottle

 

Why are they doing this? I would think the release of the Spiced Rum and the new bottling of Pussers Blue Label at 40% are an attempt to connect with the younger generation of rum drinkers. It is certainly true (although we very near Portsmouth and Gosport) that currently the majority of Pussers Rum that we sell at Fareham Wine Cellar is bought by, or bought as a gift for, old sailors that most likely used to draw the Rum Tot in the Royal Navy. Obviously this generation of rum drinkers won’t be around forever and it is essential to get the younger generation of rum drinkers interested in Pussers. There are a couple of other very good reasons for reducing the alcoholic strength by volume down to 40%. Firstly, the lowered abv will allow Pussers to regain distribution on Naval bases where the maximum strength allowed is 40% abv – this will clearly open up what is a natural market for the rum. Secondly, due to the fact that duty is such a killer on spirits in the UK, the lowered abv will mean that the Blue Label will be able to be sold at around £22 a bottle rather than its current £32.50 (Fareham Wine Cellar price, correct 23/09/14). I can imagine this will make it a much more attactive price to both retails consumers and also to bars or cocktails bars who were previously put of by the relatively high price tag. Having not yet tried the new Blue Label, I cannot tell you have the two different bottlings compare.

Why Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum is called Gunpowder Proof?

Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum is so-called due to a method of testing the quality of rum that formed part of British Navy wages in the 18th Century. In an effort to make sure that they were receiving good quality, high strength rum that had not been watered down, sailors would mix a little of the spirit with some gunpowder and try and set fire to it. If the alcohol in the rum was sufficient to allow the gunpowder to burn the flame with a blue flame was considered “proof” that the rum was good and strong. Any rum that would not catch alight would be considered “under-proof” and a rum that burnt more readily than normal, i.e. had a higher proportion of alcohol, would be considered to be “over-proof”. The minimum alcohol concentration that gunpowder would burn in was found to be 57.15% and this was considered 100 degrees proof. From these early beginnings of testing alcohol, the modern methods of alcohol by volume and proof are derived.

Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum is bottled at 54.5%, so I suppose it is not strictly Gunpowder Proof Rum in the truest sense of the meaning. Whilst mentioning Pussers Gunpowder Proof Rum it is also worth mentioning Navy Strength Gin. Navy strength gin must be bottled at no less than 57% abv. At Fareham Wine Cellar we stock two Navy Strength gins – Plymouth Navy Strength Gin from the UK and Leopolds Navy Strength Gin from Colorado in the USA. Both are bottled at 57%. I assume that Navy connection in the name comes from the similar thing to the Gunpowder Proof rum, after all gin was a very popular Navy drink. However various sources state that this strength derives from the fact that gunpowder could be lit if Navy strength gin was spilled on it – somehow I doubt if there was much gin sloshing around gun decks during battle. It is most likely derived from being tested, like the rum, as being gunpowder proof.

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Madeira Saturday

In conjunction with Raymond Reynolds and Barbeito Madeira

 Saturday 15th November – 1pm until 5pm

@ Fareham Wine Cellar
55 High Street
Fareham
Pop in anytime from 1pm until 5pm and try some fantastic wines from Barbeito Madeira and, if you get here early, a slice of Bolo de Mel, a traditional Madeiran cake, made by Alan Williams of the Buxton Cake Company.

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Barbeito Madeira for tasting

Barbeito Rainwater Reserva Madeira Meio Seco (Medium Dry) 50cl

Barbeito Rainwater Reserva Madeira has a youthful golden colour, it is quite pale. The nose is full with nuts, almonds, orange peel and quite spicy notes. The palate shows a bit of sweetness and there is very good acidity, meaning that none of the sweetness is cloying at all. It has a very good, clean, long and nutty finish.

Read more about Rainwater Madeira

Barbeito Malvasia (Malmsey) Reserva 19% 50cl

Barbeito Malvasia Reserva has a lovely golden colour. The nose has aromas of toasted almonds, honey and a bit of smoke. Slightly caramelized on the palate, fresh and polished.

Barbeito Single Harvest Colheita 2003 Meio Seco 18.5% 50cl

Barbeito Single Harvest Colheita 2003 is a golden colour with slight green hints. On the nose there are soft caramel aromas mixed with candied yellow fruit, honeycomb and citrus notes. The palate is full, silky and elegant with a consistent freshness in the aftertaste.

Barbeito Madeira is a family-owned company formed in 1946 by Mário Barbeito. Today Mario’s grandson, Ricardo de Freitas, runs Vinhos Barbeito. Barbeito is a very traditional canteiro style madeira and undergoes no de-acidification nor addition of caramel. Barbeito work closely with local producers and have input with them to ensure that each harvest the grapes are harvested to the specification of winemaker Ricardo de Freitas.

Read more about Barbeito Madeira at their website.

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Twisted Nose Gin

Twisted Nose Gin – Small Batch Pot Distilled Winchester Dry Gin

Are you looking for a gin from Hampshire? Then look no further! Twisted Nose Gin is available at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Twisted Nose Winchester Dry GinTwisted Nose Gin is made in Winchester, Hampshire by Paul Bowler. It was first released in May 2013, so it is a relative new-comer to the increasingly crowed UK gin scene. It does have a very good unique selling point. Well two, in fact. It is the only Gin made in Hampshire and it is the only Gin to use watercress as one of its botanicals.

As you may know, watercress grows locally around Winchester and the Meon Valley where the crystal clear chalk streams provide an ideal habitat. Watercress is from the genus Nasturtium (not to be confused with genus of flowering Nasturtiums which is actaully Trapaeolum). In Latin Nasturtium means “twisted nose” and is said to be named after the effect on ones nose after eating the spicy, peppery leaves. Hence Twisted Nose Gin.

The water used to make this gin is, of course, local New Forest Spring Water. Watercress is only one of 10 botanicals used to make Twisted Nose Gin.

Twisted Nose Gin Botanicals

Watercress – sourced from The Watercress Company, 3 miles to the north of Winchester

Juniper – Obviously, you can’t make gin without juniper berries

Coriander – crushed coriander seeds bring a citrus-y, spicy note

Pink Grapefruit Zest – adds richer citrus flavours than lemon or orange

Cassia Bark – adds cinnamon type character

Fennel Seed – for a sweet Anise flavour

Lavender – locally sourced from Long Barn Growers and Distillers near Arlesford

Orris – brings flowery and woody aromas

Angelica – remember the green, crystallised stuff people used to bung on the top of cakes, that is from the Angelica root. I am not sure what part of the plant goes into Twisted Nose Gin!

Liquorice – brings a touch of sweetness

Twisted Nose Gin is only made in very small batches of around 50 bottles. It is distilled in a traditional copper pot still, a descendent of the alembic still, used to make batches of spirits, unlike the continuous distillation of large, more commercial column stills. Pot stills produce a very fine grade of spirit. The botanicals are gently crushed, mixed and macerated pure, neutral spirit to release the oils that give the gin its characteristic flavours. The spirit and macerated botanicals are then re-distilled in the pot still and only the heart of the distillate is used for the final bottling.

Tasting Notes

Twisted Nose Gin has a good clear colour with a slightly blue-ish tinge.

Nose: The nose is spicy and peppery. There are floral notes, a big hit of citrus fruit and some more spicy coriander and anise (fennel) notes

Palate: The citrus really comes through on the palate with lots of pink grapefruit. There are more floral and fennel flavours.

Finish: Very nice, clear, dry finish with very good length.

If serving as a gin and tonic use a slice of pink grapefruit or pink grapefruit zest instead of lemon or lime as a garnish. If you are feeling playful you could also garnish with a sprig of watercress. Of course, it will be great in a Martini and recommend cocktails include a Salty Dog which is basically gin and grapefruit juice, which ties in nicely with the pink grapefruit used as a botanical.

Salty Dog Recipe

2 parts Twisted Nose Gin
5 parts Grapefruit juice, pink grapefruit juice would be good

Shake the vodka and grapefruit juice with ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a salt-rimmed highball glass and serve straight up, without ice.

Visit the Twisted Nose Gin Website for more information.

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Mouchao

Herdade do Mouchao

Mouchao Tinto is the flagship wine from historic Alentejo wine estate of Herdade do Mouchao. The estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved to the Alentejo from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade do Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but grapes for making wine. However, the first estate wine sold as coming from Mouchao was not eventually sold for the first time until 1954. Eventually the Richardson family came into partnership with the Reynolds family and the estate was run by the two families until April 1974 when it was seized by the Portuguese military dictatorship and the Reynolds and Richardsons were evicted.

Following the 1974 revolution any wine made at Herdade do Mouchao was basically put into the local co-operative. Mouchao was returned to the Richardson and Reynolds families in 1986 but, due to neglect and mismanagement, the vineyards were not left in a great state and a programme of replanting was immediately begun. The Herdade de Mouchao winery is much as it was when it was built in the 1901, having survived the revolution relatively untouched and, in fact,only had electricity installed in 1991! At the winery can find a range of vats for wine storage and wine-making, the barrel hall and a distillery, completed in 1929, with both a pot and a column still.

Vineyards at Mouchao

Some 38 hectares of vineyards are under vine planted with predominantly Alicante Bouschet (from their own cuttings) and small quantities of Aragonés, Trincadeira, Moreto, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. There are some white grapes grown including Antao Vaz, Arinto and Perrum. The vines are trained in a modern style double trellising system and modern techniques such as spray inrrigation to prevent frost damage are used.

Alicante Bouschet

Alicante Bouschet is the result of a cross between Petit Bouschet and Grenache and is one of only a few red grapes that also have red flesh too. Such grapes are known as teinturier. Alicante Bouschet is most common in the south of France but can also be found in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha Tintorera, Italy, the USA and, of course, Portugal. Alicante Bouschet was most commonly used in red wine blends, where it was used to add colour, but today it is increasingly bottled as a single varietal wine and some say that the Alentejo region is where 100% Alicante Bouschet wines find their true expression. Since its introduction to Herdade de Mouchao in the early 19th century the grape has thrived on the clay soils on the flat, low ground near the winery.

Winemaking

Whilst the vineyard trellising and techniques are modern, wine-making is more traditional. Grapes are hand harvested into 20kg boxes and are received at the winery, lightly crushed without de-stalking and delivered down chutes to be foot trodden in one of 9 stone lagares with capacities of 6 to 8 thousand kilos. Foot-treading is done twice a day for period of 5 to 8 days, this encourages fermentation and optimum colour extraction. The wine is then racked off into wooden vats and barrels for secondary fermentation.

Mouchao Tinto 2007 LabelMouchao Tinto 2007

Buy Mouchao at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Mouchao Tinto, the estate’s main wine, is predominantly Alicante Bouschet, 80% or more, the rest being Trincadeira (perhaps more famously known as Tinta Amarela in the Douro, where it is used in Port production). It is aged for 24 months in large oak vats (known as foudres) and then aged for a further 24 to 36 months in the bottle prior to release for sale.

As well as Mouchao Tinto, the winery also produced red and white wines under the Dom Rafael and a red blend called Ponte das Canas. There is also a  wine made in exceptional vintages from the best parcels of Alicante de Bouschet called Herdade do Mouchão Tonel nº 3-4 and some red wine set aside for maturation for 10 years prior to release called Mouchao Colheitas Antigas. There are also a couple of Port-like fortified wines, brandies, estate honey and olive oils produced!

Mouchao Tinto 2007

Mouchao Tinto 2007 is a full, deep coloured red / garnet colour. On the nose there are aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, confit dark fruit and herbaceous, garrigue type notes. There are also some eucalyptus and black pepper characteristics. The palate is dominated by black fruit, spiciness and full, plump ripe red fruits too. The palate is a great combination of the concentration of the Alicante Bouschet and a certain elegance from the Tincadeira. A big powerful, intense red wine, well-structured with good tannin structure and the potential to age gracefully for many years.

As Richard Mayson writes in his encyclopedia, The Wines and Vineyards of Portugal, “Mouchao is undoubtedly one of Portugal’s most impressive red wines”.

 

 

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