Autumn has arrived and the cool wind has made us all want to open a bottle of red. Which should we choose? We have decided to go for a Portuguese wine this week, with a very appealing name - Drink Me!
For most of us the Niepoort winery is famous for its Port wines and rightly so, but they make other wines as well and the Drink Me wine comes with a fine philosophy - Nat Cool - that means naturally “cool and funky”. It represents an innovative concept initiated by Niepoort, in which various producers come together to create light and easy-to-drink wines. In the Bairrada region they have produced the DrinkMe, the first Nat Cool, where they try to showcase a different and elegant side of the Baga grape variety. An incredibly light and accessible wine which just begs to be enjoyed.
Niepoort Drink Me Nat Cool Tinto 2021 - 182,90 kr
Light in color, this has a fruity character, but with more freshness and floral notes. The Baga grape variety and the Bairrada region is new to me so this is a fun discovery. Red fruits, some spice and a mineral undertone on the nose. Fresh, truly enticing and full of precision, this is a wine which is light on its feet and easy to enjoy. It reminds me a bit of Natural wines, burt without the funkiness which i hate. It is an incredibly versatile food partner, I can see this with grilled meats, salads and even some spicy dishes. Serve chilled.
Chateau Thivin is one of our favourite producers in Beaujolais. A region mostly known for their red's. But this week we've tasted their Cuvée Marguerite, which is a white wine with elegance and character. Only about 600 bottles available in Norway, so if you wanna try it, you better hurry.
Chablis is one of the favourite wines of us Norwegians and this week's wine is one of my favourite producers from this northern Burgundy area. Laurent Tribut did not come from a winemaking family himself, but, when he married Marie-Clotilde Dauvissat of the famed Domaine Dauvissat estate, he joined in the family’s winemaking tradition. Laurent spent a decade learning winemaking from his brother-in-law, Vincent Dauvissat, and father-in-law, René, before founding his own Domaine in 1987. Today, their daughter Solange has joined in the family business as a winemaker.
We’ve been to several winemakers here the daughters are taking their place in both the vineyards and cellar. The Tribut family is such a family where Solange has been making here own wines since 2008. Both wines from father and daughter are available at the Vinmonopol and both are superb. We’ve gone for the fathers wine this week, but we recommend both equally. It’s good to know that the winemaking is in good hands at the Tribut family.
Laurent Tribut Chablis 2018 - 348,- kr
A lovely nose of crème brûlée and vanilla bean. On the palate, warm, ripe, puckering acidity and lemon/lime minerality, yet very easy to drink already. Acids cling to the roof of your mouth. There is ripe, sugared grapefruit on the finish.
Deep in the Piekenierskloof Pass, inland South Africa, about a two hour drive north from Cape Town, some rare vines were found. Ungrafted and growing at an altitude of about 500 meters, these Grenache Blanc grapes have been made into 4549 bottles of outstanding white wine.
Whole cluster pressed, natural yeast and raised in a combination of concrete eggs and amphora. They’ve allowed for some brief skin contact and stored it using old oak barrels.
The result is fantastic. Very delicate, but rich and fatty in its expression. A brilliant project from one of the top winemakers in South Africa. The production is extremely limited, so get yours while there still are some bottles left.
Timeo Danaos et dona ferentes write’s Virgil and warns us against accepting gifts from the Greek. But this isn’t Troy and they are not coming with large wooden horses. Now they are gifting us wine, and it sure is superb! As you probably have noticed we have gone a bit Greek wine mad here on the KulTour-blog this year. And the reason is clear, the great, great wines that have been introduced to us these last few years have all been superb, and this week's wine is no exception.
Gaia Wild Ferment Assyrtiko White is made from Assyrtiko grapes from Santorini that are fermented using only natural yeasts. 35% of the wine is fermented in oak casks and 15% in acacia. The Assyrtiko vineyard is located in Santorini. The terroir is recognised worldwide for its tremendous historical roots, as the vineyards in this area date back 3,000 years. The low-yielding, 80 year old, self rooted vines are grown in soils which are poor in organic matter. The high sand content has ensured they have never been affected by phylloxera. The soils are also volcanic: porous with a high mineral content, which imparts the mineral quality to the wine. The long sunshine hours, lack of rainfall, sea mists and strong summer winds all contribute to the unique microclimate.
Assyrtiko by Gaia Wild Ferment 2020 - 299,90 kr
What an amazing, almost Burgundian nose, with white flowers, acacia and touches of ginger forming the core. The palate is complex and evolves in the mouth, revealing vibrant fruit and a strong mineral structure. An excellent, highly polished wine with a long finish which leaves you with flavours of ripe, engaging fruit.
This is a wine that screams for seafood. Try this instead of a Chablis next time you have shrimp for example. Will also be perfect with grilled fish and a nice butter sauce.
I'm getting married this weekend and grand occasions calls for great bottles.
André Clouet has become a household name in Norway, with a great variety of Champagne styles and blends.
This beauty - The V6 Experience - is a blend of 100% Pinot Noir reserve wines from different vintages. It's been sitting on the lees (dead yeast cells) for 6 years before disgorgement, which is a process to get rid of the lees. The 6 years have done wonders to this bottle, and is a great one to serve up at grand occasions, great weekends or whatever you feel like celebrating :)
Have a great weekend all.
Sometimes it's good to get something you know. That goes for everything in life; wine is not different. With so many choices around, especially with white wine, you can easily get distracted and go looking for a wine for ages. That can be fun of course but there are plenty of times when you just want to get a good wine and get out of the Vinmonopol. This week's wine is one of our safe choices.
Jean-Paul Brun is a favourite of ours and has been for many years now. He was the subject of one of our first stories and it was a particularly fun story to shoot as you can see here:
He makes wine in the Beaujolaise area, most famous for its “New wine”, that arrives in november, but the other wines from this area are so much better. This week's wine is a chardonnay. Beaujolaise is a part of Burgundy so the wines here are similar to the wines you fine there but the price is much, much better.
Brun Beaujolais Chardonnay Classic 2021 - 229,90 kr
A lively and fresh Chardonnay from the "Golden Stones" in the south of Beaujolais. Very attractive aromas of candied citrus and pineapple with a hint of melted butter are married to a creamy and rather generous palate. It is dry with lovely intense ripe fruit and citrus flavours — pure, juicy and succulent with a very long and excellent finish.The lively acidity and fine tannins lift the finish very nicely. It offers richness combined with a degree of focus and energy normally reserved for the much more famous Chardonnays found further north.
Castell’in Villa is a favorite for us and beautifully located in the heart of Chianti Classico, outside the village of Castelnuovo Berardenga.
Only in excellent vintages the lady of the house, Coralia Pignatello, decides to makes a rosé wine. A limited production of wonderful and serious wine.
The Sangiovese grapes are sourced from 50 year+ old vines and spontaneous fermented for two days. 12 hours of skin maceration and then stored in stainless steel.
Some will argue that rosé is a seasonal product, but the best are so much more. Well made rosé is as serious any white or red. It’s interesting, complex and ages with grace. It has depth, flavors and will pair with food very well.
And as we are slowly transitioning into autumn, a nice bottle of serious rosé could be a good and interesting companion.
As followers of this blog will know we do love a good Riesling here on KulTour. And especially the ones from Germany. We have covered the German Prädikat system before in our episode from a few years back.
Personally I love the prädikat wines. These are often sweeter than the trocken wines that are dry but with the natural acidity of the Riesling grape the sweeter wines feel fresh and fruity and very easy to drink. Because of the high sugar and acid level the wines also age beautifully.
This week's wine is a real gem at a remarkable price. Weingüter Wegelers Oestricher Lenchen spätlese from 2002! To find a 20 year old wine in the Vinmonopol is difficult, although not impossible. Usually it’s a fine Bordeaux wine at a high price, but here we find a fantastic German white and the price is just 279,90, almost given away in my opinion! Get these while they last we say!
Wegeler Oestricher Lenchen Riesling Spätlese 2002 - 279,90
Beautiful colour. Deep, deep yellow, almost brown. On the nose it's surprisingly fresh and fruity with apricot, lime, peach and honey. It really feels fine in the mouth. Big and heavy, almost like an auslese. The sweetness is grand and the balance superb, especially towards the end. The great acidity makes it feel like it’s petillant. The finish is long and sublime.
As most Rieslings this will work great with spicy oriental food, but also with chicken and pork that has been grilled with a sweet and spicy grill sauce.
I’m constantly searching for and tasting new cool wines. And for the last 4-5 years I’ve been spending a lot of time in the new world. USA, Greece, South Africa, Australia and Argentina, for the most. I’m always going to be a big fan of France, Italy and Spain, so discoveries in the new world is just more fun. Well, enough talk; I’ve found a new summer favourite and it’s Argentinian.
Zuccardi is one of the leading wine families in Argentina. Well known for their high quality wines since they first started back in 1963. Argentina is widely known for its outstanding Malbec wines, but also some world class Chardonnay’s have emerged the last years. What is not so common is white on 100% Sémillon. A grape that originated in the Graves district in Bordeaux, France.
Our pick of the week is just a marvellous bottle. The grapes come from 70+ years old vines and 100% has been fermented in the barrel’s. After that, 8 months of cellaring. It’s fresh, complex, spicy and buttery. And a stunning acidity that makes it very versatile with food.
The price makes this one of the best bargains at Vinmonopolet right now.