Produced as a joint effort Pedro Araujo of Casa de Cello and current star winemaker Pedro Anselmo. Casa de Cello has two vineyards in Portugal, with this wine hailing from their eastern most location, situated in Dão region, near Penalva de Castelo. They use traditional techniques alongside modern viticultural and oenological technologies, a situation not uncommon in many vineyards with a long history but still producing for the modern market.
This wine is a deep purple in colour, with a bouquet of cherries, marzipan and peach stones, as well as hint of spice and burnt earth. A supple and silky wine which is full of fruit, with gentle tannins and a light acidity. A gentle hint of oak is also apparent, making for a rounded wine with a very clean finish. A beauty! £11.25 // ABV 13.5% 75cl.
This 2013 rose is not to be underestimated, quite literally it is outstanding. Once praised as ‘the best rose in the world’ by the esteemed Robert Parker it does everything right, giving up notions of orange, blossom, mineral water, rose petal and seawater. Crisp and bountiful would be a suitable short description.
It hits the palate with a medium bodied, fresh and focused style and builds with time in the glass and exposure to the air, which brings through additional richness and depth. The wine can stand alone purely through it’s freshness yet would go beautifully with food too, specifically salads, seafood or anti-pasti.
Cristia are a great Chateauneuf du Pape producer, and have produced this younger Grenache Syrah blend that is a lovely introduction to their range. The 2011 is priced at £6.99 and is available from both our Carrington’s stores. It really is a lot of wine for the money!
In the glass the colour is quite a light red, and the wine’s legs are considerably obvious. You certainly don’t get the impression you’re about to be treated to a 13.5% delight.
The presents a light pepperyness and young blackberries. The palate maintains the light peppery flavour but it is joined by hints of plum and raspberry and is light to medium-bodied. All in all this is a great value wine, and can be drunk on its own as well as with a meal. A delicious all-rounder.
The nose has elderflower and gooseberry with hints of peach and grass. This palate is dry and crisp with a perfect level of acidity and crisp minerality which gets the juices in the mouth flowing. Imagine biting into a fresh apple that has come straight from the chiller.