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.
A dark, ruby red with violet highlights. Intense and fragrant bouquet of dates and red fruit. Beautifully smooth on the palate and a great finish.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A bright red cherry colour in the glass. The nose shows black fruit and vanilla from the oak. Fruity on the palate, with good balance, leading to a long and pleasant finish.
`Apassimento` is an Italian term for drying harvested grapes, traditionally on bamboo racks or straw mats, for a few weeks up to several months to concentrate the sugars and flavorsThis wine is concentrated, enormously fruity with a strong backbone of tannins and acidity which balances well against the rich, plummy fruit flavours.