Autumn 2015 Wine Course

Please find below the details for the Autumn 2015 Wine Course starting in September 2015.

Autumn 2015 Wine Course

With Daria Kenefeck

@ Lysses House Hotel

51 High Street Fareham Hampshire PO16 7BQ

Course Code: LHAU1512
Course Length: 12 weeks
Start date: Thursday 17th September 2015
Finish date: Thursday 10th December 2015
Mid term break: Thursday 29th October 2015

Cost: £156.00 per person including wine

Please note that this course is very popular, I advise booking ASAP if you wish to attend.

A message from Daria,

“Please could you let me know by the end of August / first week of September whether you would like to join the course.  Please also note that there is a strict limit of 25 people for the class, so please confirm with me before payment is made.
 
Payments should be made by BACS to Daria’s Wine Foundation (please email for further details) by 11th September, or cash on the first night.”

Wine Glasses
Daria Kenefeck works at Fareham Wine Cellar and has taught a wine course in the local area for a number of years. There are three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course involves some wine education followed by a tasting. There are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and sometimes guest speakers (I have it on good authority there will be a Kendall Jackson Masterclass with Pierre-Marie Pattieu on October 15th).

The classes start at 7.00pm and finish at approximately 9.15pm. If you are interested in attending either the Spring or Summer course please contact Daria at Fareham Wine Cellar, telephone 01329 822733. Or email if you have any further questions.

Please note you will need to bring at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements. Payment must be made at the beginning of the wine course. There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.The room used for the class is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

Provisional Dates for the 2016 Wine Course

5 Week Winter Course – 14th January 2016 to 11th February 2016

10 Week Summer Course – 10th March 2016, with a 2-week break over Easter (31st March and 7th April) and finishing on 26th May 2016.

Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner Review

with Riccardo Tedeschi

Tuesday 16th June 2015 @ Lysses House Hotel

Last week we were very lucky to have a visit from Riccardo Tedeschi, winemaker from the world renowned Tedeschi Wines. I have written a bit more about Tedeschi Wines and you can see the full menu and wines at my previous blog post. I would like to thank Riccardo for his time and for showing a range his fabulous wines in an informative and humorous manner. This would also not have been possible without Matthew Nutt of John E Fells (Tedeschi’s UK agents).

Tedeschi Wines Dinner at Lysses House Hotel June 2015
Riccardo Tedeschi

Before the dinner we had a tutored wine tasting of four red wines. Due to a slight pouring error, these ended up being the Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella DOC Classico, Corasco IGT Delle Venezie, Capitel Nicalo Valpolicella DOC Superiore and La Fabriseria Valpolicella DOC Superiore.

Tedeschi Wines Dinner at Lysses House Hotel June 2015

All of the Tedeschi wines showed very well and it was interesting to note the consistency of house style and the gradual increase in quality (in fact the quality across the tasting was extremely good). We already stock some of the Tedeschi wines, but having tasted most of the range, there will definitely be a couple more that we will be adding to the Fareham Wine Cellar’s Italian wine selection.

Tedeschi Wines Dinner at Lysses House Hotel June 2015

There were a couple of my personal favourite Tedeschi wines in the pre-dinner tasting, the Tedeschi Corasco and Tedeschi La Fabriseria Valpolicella. The Tedeschi Corasco is a COrvina, RAboso and RefoSCO, blend (get it?) and the only red wine of the tasting that was not a Valpolicella, it is, in fact an IGT delle Venezie. This is because although the Corvina comes from Moraine hills in the heart of Valpolicella the Raboso is grown in Oderzo (Treviso) and the Refosco is grown in Aquileia, both outside of the Valpolicella region. The grapes for the Corasco are dried for 1 month and lose about 10% of their weight in this time. It is a lot plummier and richer than the Valpolicellas and has loads of dark, spicy, damson fruit with dried fruit (raisined) and violet character creeping in. A superb wine. My other favourite was the top Tedeschi Valpolicella, La Fabriseria Valpolicella Classico DOC Superiore, a Super-Valpolicella if you will! This is from the Tedeschi family’s La Fabriseria vineyard, their top vineyard, and is a blend of 35% Corvina, 30% Corvinone, 30% Rondinella aged 5% Oseleta, cropped at a similar low-yield level as for Amarone and aged in Slavonian oak barrels. Tedeschi La Fabriseria Valpolicella has great floral, violet aromas with hints of cherry, sour cherry and dried fruit (prune). The palate is full and rich with superb balance and feel. There are sweet notes with more plummy, cherry flavours balanced with a lively acidity. Big, rich and chunky. Very nice. Honorable mention to the Lucchine and the Capitel Nicalo which are both very good wines. The Capitel Nicalo and the Corasco were the two most popular wines of the evening in terms of orders placed (see diagram below). The Capitel Nicalo is also one of the three best-selling wines that Tedeschi produce (alongside the Tedeschi Amarone and one other I can’t remember!).

The staff and chef Clive Wright at Lysses House Hotel did a great job serving food and wine to 40 people all at the same time, which is never the easiest of jobs. I managed to grab a couple of quick photographs of the fish starters and the vegetarian option (which had a rather nice tricolore theme) but I didn’t get round to taking any more.

Both starters matched very well with the chosen white wine which was the fanatastic Tedeschi Capitel Tenda Soave. This is 100% Garganega grown on volacanic soils and the grapes are late harvested, with some botrytis. This is a full, weighty Soave with good viscous mouthfeel and a dry finish. Nothing like the bad old Soaves of yesteryear. The main course was thinly sliced duck breast on a bed sweet potato purée, leeks and snow peas. This was matched with the Tedeschi Amarone which was rich and sweet enough to handle the duck and the sweetness of the sweet potato purée.  There was a small selection of Italian cheeses including Taleggio, Pecorino and a white Gorgonzola (which I hadn’t seen before. This was paired with the Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore and it seemed to work well with most of the cheeses, perhaps not the salty Pecorino, but definitely the Taleggio. The San Rocco undergoes a second fermentation on the skins of the Amarone wine from the previous vintage. This imparts some of the Amarone character into the wine. It is a very full-bodied, spicy red wine with coffee / mocha flavours. The last food wine match for the evening split the crowd somewhat. The dessert, a rich dark chocolate slice studded with raisin and macaroons served with a vanilla seed ice cream and tuille biscuit, was served with the Tedeschi Capitel Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG Classico. It was a very rich, dark chocolate and I think it might have been a bit too sweet for the Recioto. Some people loved the combination, some people didn’t. Personally, I couldn’t make up my mind, the flavours and wine combination seemed to change with every mouthful. If I repeated the excercise I would probably serve the Recioto on its own. The Recioto was not the sweetest of styles but it was packed with spicy, damson, confit aromas and flavours. A wine for contemplation.

Tedeschi Wines Dinner at Lysses House Hotel June 2015
Chef Clive Wright discusses the intricacies of the menu

Which was the favourite Tedeschi wine on the evening?

As a percentage of orders placed.

Tedeschi Winemaker's Dinner Pie Chart

Thank you again to everyone who attended and especially to Riccardo Tedeschi for spending a evening with us all at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner

Tedeschi Wines Logo

Tedeschi Winemaker’s Dinner

Tuesday 16th June 2015

7.15pm for a prompt 7.30pm start

@ Lysses House Hotel
High Street
Fareham

Tickets £42.50 per person in advance only

A 4 course dinner, all courses matched with a Tedeschi wine and a short pre-dinner wine tasting of 4 wines. Presented by Tedeschi winemaker Riccardo Tedeschi.

Please book and pay for your tickets in advance with Lysses House Hotel on 01329 822622 or contact them via email.

Please notify Lysses House Hotel if you have an particular dietary requirements.

Pre-Dinner Wine Tasting

Tedeschi Lucchine Valpolicella DOC Classico 2013

Tedeschi Corasco IGT delle Venezie 2012

Tedeschi Capitel San Rocco Valpolicella Ripasso DOC Superiore 2012

Tedeschi Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG 2010/11

Menu

A trio of beetroot flavoured gravelax, poached salmon and smoked salmon mousse served with a rocket leaf salad

Tedeschi Capitel Tenda Soave DOC Classico 2013

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Thinly sliced duck breast roasted until pink served with sweet potato purée, roasted leeks, and buttered snow peas finished with a spicy plum flavoured sauce

Tedeschi La Fabriseria Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2012

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A selection of Italian Cheeses

Tedeschi Capitel Nicalo Valpolicella DOC Superiore 2012

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A rich dark chocolate slice studded with raisin and macaroons served with a vanilla seed ice cream and tuille biscuit

Tedeschi Capitel Fontana Recioto della Valpolicella DOCG Classico 2010

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Coffee and Petit fours

Tedeschi Wines

About Tedeschi

Tedeschi is a family-owned winery with almost 4 centuries of history in the wine business, they can trace their origins back the 1630s. Although they have a long history of wine production, Tedeschi have always adopted the most innovative production methods and stand at the forefront of quality Amarone production.

The current owner is Lorenzo Tedeschi who has now been followed into the family business by his three children Antonietta, Sabrina and Riccardo Tedeschi. The winery is located in Pedemonte di Valpolicella and the family makes a range of classic Veronese wines including various types of Valpolicella, Amarone and Ripasso wines.

The family own various vineyards and make a selection of single vineyard wines including the world famous Monte Olmi Amarone vineyard. They have recently invested in the new vineyards sites of La Fabriseria in Pontare and Maternigo Vineyard in the Eastern part of Valpolicella. The name La Fabriseria derives from the name for a local Veronese parish council belonging to the village Catholic Church. Two generations ago Riccardo Tedeschi (not the young one presenting his wines at the dinner!) was a councillor or “Fabbricere”. The councillor would bring a bottle of his wine to meetings to propose a toast at the end of the meeting. Therefore the Tedeschis have named their top wines from this vineyard La Fabriseria in honour of their grandfather.

Tedeschi are one of the ten members founding members of the Famiglia del’Amarone d’Arte (Amarone Families Association), a body set up to promote Amarone wines around the world. The current members of the association are Allegrini, Begali, Brigaldara, Guerrieri Rizzardi, Masi, Musella, Speri, Zenato, Tenuta Sant’Antonio, Tommasi and Venturini.

Read more at the Tedeschi Wines Website.

 

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse

Domaine J A Ferret is located in the heart of the village of Fuissé in the Maconnais wine-growing subregion of southern Burgundy.  Fuisse is located approximately 6km to the south west of the town of Macon. Domaine Ferret is located at Le Plan, see map below. I was luck enough to visit the winery a few years ago and  the winery is situated at the bottom of a natural amphitheatre with the majority of their vineyards stretching out around it.

The Maconnais subregion has no permier cru rated vineyards. Growers, particularly in Pouilly Fuisse, have been campaigning for a cru system to be implemented for a number of years and Domaine Ferret are confident that some of their vineyards (or climats), like Clos des Prouges, would be near the top of any such classification. As with most of Burgundy, with a couple of exceptions, only Chardonnay is permitted in Pouilly Fuisse.

Buy Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse online at Fareham Wine Cellar.

Domaine Ferret can trace its history back to its foundation in 1840, way before the official creation of the Pouilly Fuisse AOC in 1936. Jeanne Ferret was responsible for establishing their Tete de Cru and Hors Classes wines, single parcel wines from the best vineyard sites that the domaine has become renowned for. After World War II, she was also responsible for moving from bulk wine production to bottling the wines at the Domaine at a time when this was not the done thing. Domaine Ferret remained in the Ferret family until 2008 when the domaine was acquired by Louis Jadot. The current winemaker is Audrey Braccini who continues the uninterrupted tradition of women winemakers right back to 1840. Some of the wines have been bottled under Louis Jadot labels but the majority of the wines are bottled under the Domaine Ferret label. The estate comprises over 42.5 hectares of vineyard with 32.5 located in the amphitheatre of Fuissé itself and 10 near the Roche de Vergisson.

Domaine Ferret continue to vinify small, substainably farmed parcels of vineyard to fully allow the expression of their varied terroirs. Their top vineyards from Ferret are,

Tete de Cru “Le Clos” – a monopole, a parcel of east facing, 0.69 hectares, 20 to 40 years old adjacent to the property’s house.

Tete de Cru “Clos de Prouges” – this is a single vineyard, sometimes sold under a Louis Jadot label.

Tete de Cru “Les Perrieres” – sourced from a hectare of vines above the “Les Clos” parcel, south-east aspect, average age of vine 35 years old. Steeper than the vineyard of “Le Clos”.

Hors Class “Les Menetriers” – south east facing vineyard, less than half a hectare with an equal split of 40, 20 and 10 year old vines.

Hors Clos “Tournant de Pouilly” – an east-facing, gently sloping one hectare vineyard in the northern part of the village of Fuissé.

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 4

This is the estate’s main Pouilly Fuisse, it is a blend of wine vinified from the best parcels of vines sourced from Fuissé’s amphitheatre – so bits and pieces from all the vineyards (and others) mentioned above. The vines have an average age of 10 to 35 years and the soil is predominantly limestone and clay. After vinification the wine is aged half in concrete tanks and half in used oak barrels (2 to 5th fill, no new oak).

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse Tasting Notes

Domaine Ferret Pouilly Fuisse 2013 has a good balance of freshness an weight. The nose is reminiscent of stone fruits, floral / acacia notes, honeysuckle, quince and hazelnut aromas that are characteristic of wines from this  region. The palate is supply, fresh, intense, there is a slight creaminess balanced by very clean minerality. Long and lingering finish.

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%

Spring & Summer Wine Courses 2015

World of Wines Course @ Lysses House Hotel

51 High Street Fareham Hampshire PO16 7BQ

Daria Kenefeck, who works at Fareham Wine Cellar, has taught a wine course in the local area for a number of years. There are three wine courses per year running roughly during school term times on a Thursday evening. The wine course involves some wine education followed by a tasting. There are also various themed evenings, the occasional blind tasting and sometimes guest speakers.

The classes start at 7.00pm and finish at approximately 9.15pm. If you are interested in attending either the Spring or Summer course please contact Daria at Fareham Wine Cellar, telephone 01329 822733. Or email if you have any further questions.

Please note you will need to bring at least 5 wine tasting glasses and writing implements. Payment must be made at the beginning of the course. The short Summer course is an ideal taster course if you are not sure if you wish to commit to the longer Spring course.

Spring 2015 Wine Course

This will be a 10-week course, starting on Thursday 15th January 2015, finishing on Thursday 26th March 2015, with a one week break on Thursday 19th February

Details

Length: 10 weeks

Cost: £7.00 per night for the course and £6.00 per night for the wine

Therefore £70.00 for the course plus £60.00 for the wine, Total £130.00

Start date: Thursday 15th January 2015

Mid-term break: Thursday 19th February 2015

Last evening: Thursday 26th March 2015

Course Code: LHSP1510

Summer 2015 Wine Course

This will be a 4-week course, starting on Thursday 7th May 2015, finishing on Thursday 28th May 2015.

Details

Length: 4 weeks

Cost: £7.00 per night for the course and £6.00 per night for the wine

Therefore £28.00 for the course plus £24.00 for the wine, totalling £52.00

Start date: Thursday 7th May 2015

Last evening: Thursday 28th May 2015

Course Code: LHSU154

There is a car park behind the hotel, and should this be full for any reason, there is a public car park opposite which is free after 6.00 pm.The room used for the class is on the first floor, but there is a lift available.

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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.

Edit 15/05/15: Twisted Nose Barrel Aged Gin, Twisted Nose Wasabi Vodka and Twisted Nose Extra Dry Vermouth now available.

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.

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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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Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

 Champagne Taittinger FIFA & Adidas Brazuca Match Ball Draw

Champagne Taittinger was the official Champagne of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brasil and, earlier this year, released a special limited edition World Cup souvenir bottle of Brut Réserve NV.

Designed to celebrate Taittinger’s association with the forthcoming tournament, the bottle and box have been designed using groundbreaking 3D print technology. The souvenir bottle is presented in an elegant white and gold gift box featuring hologram footballs. Read more here.

As part of the promotion of Champagne Taittinger during the 2014 World Cup, Fareham Wine Cellar had an official Adidas Brazuca Match Ball (worth £100) signed by the CEO of Taittinger, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger, to give away to one lucky winner.

FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Offical Football 2 signed by the President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger.
FIFA World Cup Brasil 2014 Offical Football signed by the President of Champagne Taittinger, Pierre Emanuel Taittinger.

The prize draw took place on Saturday 19th July 2014 with Roy Gillingham and the winner of the Riedel WSET Wine Educator of the Year 2013 Erica Dent of Enjoy Discovering Wine, our chosen neutral person to make the drawer

And here is a picture of the winner, local vicar Mike Terry, who won the Adidas Brazuca Match Ball.

Roy Gillingham and Mike Terry Taittinger Adidas Brazuca winnerIf you are wondering about the “Vicar of Doubly” comment, the Rev Mike Terry and his wife, the Rev Nicky-Sue Terry share the role of vicar at St Mary’s Church in Warsash. Find out more.

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Gros Plant du Pays Nantais

Gros Plant is a white wine made in the Loire valley. Its full name is Gros Plant du Pays Nantais and, as the name suggests, it is made in wine growing regions around the city of Nantes. The Gros Plant wine growing region is almost analogous with the Muscadet wine appellation and most Gros Plant is made by Muscadet producers. Until recently I had not realised that Gros Plant is the local name for the Folle Blanche grape variety. Most people will be more familiar with Folle Blanche as one of the traditional grape varieties in both the Cognac and Armagnac regions where it was a key component of Cognac and Armagnac brandies (although Baco blanc is now the preferred grape variety in these regions).

The name Gros Plant (which basically means “Big Vine” in French) can be traced back to 1732 in the Loire region. It had been introduced from the Loire down to Gascony (the Armagnac region) by Dutch wine merchants who used it in Eau de Vie production.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais is a very dry, mineral and tart wine with high levels of acidity that is a traditional match with shellfish and oysters in particular. Most Gros Plant is a fairly basic wine but some producers also make a Sur Lie version and this period of ageing in the lees adds more flavour, texture and complexity to the wine. At Fareham Wine Cellar we supply Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie from producer Domaine Henri Poiron.

Domaine Henri Poiron is a small family run wine estate located in the village of La Chapelle Huelin near Nantes who makes various different types of Muscadet and Vin de Pays du Jardin de la France.  The estate is run along the principals of Terra Vitis which is basically to respect nature as much as possible and to use sustainable winemaking.

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie, Domaine Henri Poiron

Gros Plant du Pays Nantais Sur Lie Henri PoironTasting Notes: Very light coloured wine, aged Sur Lie to preserve its youthfulness and give extra suppleness. A very pale, light straw, yellow colour. There are fruity, floral and mineral notes which lead to the citrus, lemony palate with good, crisp acidity.

Most of this wine is consumed locally and on the domestic market although it is really worth tracking down if you are looking for a great wine to match with oysters.

See Domaine Henri Poiron’s other wines here.

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