Founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos-Pinto this famous house was taken over in 1990 when Champagne Louis Roederer became the majority shareholder. Their four quintas provide the majority of grapes in order to have maximum control over the quality of the wines and thereby maintaining their philosophy of controlling all stages of production.
Perched high on a hill above the plains of the Casablanca Valley, Vina Indomita looks more Roman temple than winery. The grapes for this pinot are sourced from vines grown in the Alta Maipo region, close to Santiago.Bright, wild strawberry and raspberry fruits dominate a soft, supple palate which leads through to a gentle, warming finish.
Rich and velvety, with lots of black fruit and chocolate flavours this is a magnificent wine. Bodegas Renacer have teamed up with Italian producer, Allegrini to create a new world take on an Amarone. Malbec is the dominate grape variety in a blend that includes Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Bonarda and Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are dried in a similar way to a ripasso; left at a high altitude where the
The Orchard Block at Folding Hill is the most southerly part of the vineyard and is bounded on its western side by an orchard of heritage variety English cider apple trees that we have planted. The fruit from this part of the vineyard is consistently outstanding and so as a trial we took a tonne and vinified it separately . Folding Hill website.
A pure, cherry-red tinge in the glass. The nose opens up over half an hour or so to reveal something very relaxed, fruit-dominated and accessible. The style kicks off as bright and strawberryish, but it soon becomes apparent that this is ripe and rich, but happily not sweet or over the top. The plummy fruit is concentrated and lightly savoury, with a little dark chocolate and mushroom polish laid on top. There’s a touch of truffle to it as well; this is certainly no simpleton!
Young brothers Damien and Florent took over from their late father Edmond who we bought from in 1990. Sadly father Edmond died prematurely and Damien and Florent finished their studies and have resurrected what their father had started. Their style is rusticity at its best. There is no destemming and the wines have bags of fruit and guts.