Dreaming of spring
Christmas is over, the time of powerful reds has passed us by. The rain is hitting the window and the sun is hiding behind 4 layers of thick clouds. January folks. So, instead, let’s focus on spring, it will come, hopefully, sooner than later.
I’m thinking of this Chenin from Céline Champalou in Vouvray, France. It’s just, the epitome of spring for me and such a lovely pairing with a chevré chaud. This brings me joy. The next one is this powerful orange wine from Elena Pantaleoni and the estate La Stoppa, Emilia Romagna. Don’t let the aroma fool you, the wine is delicious and should, in my opinion, be enjoyed ice cold. I guess that’s that, I’ll dream on and wait for sunnier, lighter times and the wine they will bring. Over and out.
Color: pale lemon
On the nose: peach, nectarine, mineral, pear
Flavor profile: peach, nectarine, mineral, pear, freshness
Grape: Chenin Blanc
Winemaking: The grapes ferment with natural yeast in steel tanks, 11 months of aging on the lees.
Color: deep orange
On the nose: orange peel, acetone, dried fruits, stables
Flavor profile: ripe yellow fruits, orange, dried fruits
Grape: Malvasia di Candia Aromatica 90%, Ortrugo & Trebbiano 10%
Winemaking: 4 months of maceration on the skins in stainless steel and/or cement tanks. Spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, aged in 40-hectolitre wooden tanks and in bottle for a time necessary, no filtration or sulfites added.