All young wines are hazy after fermentation due to tiny molecules such as proteins, tartrates, tannins and phenolics. Whilst natural and harmless, many people have come to expect and like their wine to be clear. To help the accelerate the clarification process, which if given time can settle naturally, winemakers use fining agents.
Some common fining agents include casein (a milk protein), albumin (egg whites), gelatin (animal protein) and isinglass (fish bladder protein).
Whilst fining with casein and albumin is usually acceptable by most vegetarians, all four cannot be considered vegans friendly as tiny traces of the fining agent may be absorbed into the wine during the fining process. Carbon, bentonite clay, limestone, kaolin clay, plant casein, silica gel, and vegetable plaques are all suitable alternatives.
Deep, ruby-red colour with violet highlights and a pleasant and fruity bouquet . Dry, and round on the palate with hints of red fruit. The finish is medium bodied with soft tannins and good acidity.
Fiano can produce wonderfully complex white wines. Lunate have produced a fine example of what can be achieved with this underrated grape variety. Aromatic nose offering floral notes and hints of honey and spice.
The palate has good weight and plenty of fruit, whilst there is enough acidity to keep the finish fresh and clean. Serious wine for the price.
Deep crimson with intense blackcurrants and violets on the nose, there are also notes of currant and mulberry fruit along with attractive savoury oak spice. The palate is smooth with good weight and balance, this really is a great example of a new world Cab.
Notes of mulberry, plum, pepper and modest oak spice. The palate shows soft ripe tannins, providing a well-structured & balanced juicy finish along with generous length.
Decanter World Wines Bronze Award
Original and slightly sweet white wine from late harvested Viura and Malvasia grapes.
A charming bouquet of tropical fruit and white flowers conveys its delicate sweetness.
Intense ruby red colour in the glass with hints of cherry, black fruits and spice on the nose. The palate shows red ripe fruits, liquorice and sweet spices. This is a round, warm and full-bodied Sicilian wine that shows character beyond the price.
Bright ruby red with an attractive nose of plum and black cherry tinged with herbal tea, liquorice and gentle oak spice. Soft and juicy palate with mouth-filling summer berry flavours and a smooth finish.
Dark garnet with a bright purple rim. Generous aromas of black cherries, clove and raspberry with ripe mulberries and glimmers of spice from gentle oaking. The palate has a savoury edge and a smoot and generous finish.
Intense aromas of fresh herbs, cut grass, tropical fruits and mineral notes. The palate shows nice weight and the finish is suprisingly long for a Verdejo, this is a wine that punches above its price tag.
Pale straw colour with luminous highlights. On the nose, mineral notes and floral sensations with a depth of green apples. Refreshing and balanced in the mouth with a pleasant, long-lasting acidity that adds a touch of zest to the finish.
Pretty, pale strawberry colour. Fresh bouquet of floral notes and strawberries/raspberries that blend together exquisitely. Delicious and refined on tasting with a pleasant fullness and refreshing, luscious flavours that awaken the taste buds.
Grape varieties: Negroamaro, Malvasia Nera, Merot
Deep red colour
The good late maturation gives the characteristic notes of ripe and dried fruits, such as plums and raisins
The subsequent slight oak aging gives the pleasant notes of chocolate and spices that make this wine harmonic and balanced, pleasant and mature
Great wine for roasted meats and with game dishes such as wild boar and deer. Excellent with mature and savoury hard cheeses, it is also a good meditation wine
VINIFICATION: At the beginning of October the perfect ripeness of the grapes is reached and winemaking process starts from the vine. The withering process takes place in the vineyard by cutting the petiole of grapes but leaving them on the vine for about 15 days, during this period the 50% of their weight vaporizes. The drying gives to the wines the typical notes of ripe fruits, such as plums and raisins. The hand-picked grapes are pressed and the fermentation starts. The skins are left on the must for a long period to extract flavours and the characteristic red colour. Subsequently the wine is left in barrels for about 3 or 4 months; this aging gives the pleasant notes of spices and vanilla
In the vast, varied terroir of the Languedoc there’s an ideal spot for growing just about any grape variety including aromatic, high class Viognier. Le Versant is an authentic example from the oldest co-operative cellar in France (also voted ‘The Best’ by Le Revue du Vin de France).
Beautiful yellow colour with green glints. Intense nose of apricots, ripe peach and exotic fruits. The palate has a fresh crisp acidity and a long lingering finish
Pale light yellow colour, delicate and complex bouquet with fruity notes reminiscent of peach and green apple, there are also good secondary notes of acacia and lilac. Fresh and light on the palate with balanced acidity.