Wellington: Migliarina Grenache 2017
Former sommelier Carsten Migliarina returned to his roots in southern Africa to make wine after a long stint as a sommelier in London.
The grapes for this single-vineyard Grenache come from a single vineyard in Wellington. Cold-soaked fruit extracted plenty of flavour and tannin from the skins to give structure to this wine. That process will allow additional flavours to develop in bottle as this wine ages. A perfumed forest fruit core is set against ripe young tannins, fresh acidity that will gently soften over time. Only 4430 bottles were produced.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||South Africa|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Grenache|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole, Lamb, Pork|
|Cellarage||A very versatile wine that will improve in bottle for 5-10 years after vintage.|
|Vinification||Hand-harvested, destemmed and cold-fermented on the skins for between 18-22C. Matured in French oak for 7 months to soften the tannins and allow gentle micro-oxygenation.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
Former sommelier Carsten Migliarina produced his first vintages in 2002, sourcing grapes from Franschhoek and maturing his Shiraz in a friend's garage. Earning his stripes as a contract winemaker in South Africa, Germany and Romania, his boutique range is highly sought after on export markets. His range has since expanded to encompass Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Riesling and Shiraz, sourcing fruit from the best grapes and vineyards he can find. Production is tiny and intervention minimal, making between 200-500 cases of each wine whilst renting cellar space from other producers.
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