Mix Club - 1 Red & 1 White
PETRA UNGER, Zieselrain, Kremstal 2015
The Petra Unger estate is situated in the village of Furth in the Kremstal wine region, on the southern bank of the Danube River. It lies directly below the massive, famed abbey of Gottweig, founded in 1083, which dominates the mountaintop to this day. The region is home to Austria's finest white wines, due to a marvelous climate with long, warm days and cool nights. The soils range from pure loess --a chalky loam and silt with good capacity for storing humidity and warmth-- to large natural terraces combining gravel deposits from crumbling glaciers at the end of the ice age with loess. Gruner Veltliner thrives in these soils, which impart a juicy, spicy, and accessible quality to the wines. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks at low, controlled temperatures with natural yeast, so the fermentations start spontaneously. Petra adheres to the principle that 'great wines are born in the vineyards' and seeks the maximum of individual expression from the vineyard sites.
Color: Bright straw yellow.
Aroma: Intense aromas of yellow apples, juicy pears, tangerines and freshly ground white pepper.
Palate: The palate is medium-bodied.
Serving temperature: 13° C
Food pairings: Pair with poached freshwater fish, delicate soft cheese, pasta dishes, appetizers.
91 points Wine Enthusiast
“Softly scented notes of ripe, yellow pears play on the nose. On the palate they become lusciously mouth-filling with their unobtrusive, friendly softness. There is a backbone of freshness and wonderful depth of lemon, with pear-scented concentration.”
BILA-HAUT, L’ESQUERDA 2014
Michel Chapoutier’s Bila-Haut is located in the best part of the Languedoc called the Côtes du Roussillon. Historically the site was one of the first areas planted for viticulture by the Greek Mariners and has been continuously a wine region known for making top quality wines. The House of Bila, the translation of the name of the estate, was once a house of refuge for the Knights Templar, which is why their cross is symbolically used on the label. In the hills of the Agly Valley, 40+ year old vines are carefully and meticulously managed by an experienced team of viticulturalists, where sustainable farming and low yields combine to create the highest quality fruit. Wine is made in the vineyards, by paying careful attention to the plants and working alongside nature.
Color: Intense ruby, deep and steady.
Aroma: Aromas of black fruits and warm spices. The soils of origin are revealed with floral notes (violet) which are lightly smoky. These same aromatic notes are on the Northern Rhône soils, which is the birthplace of the Syrah.
Palate: The palate is full-bodied. The wine is both supple and powerful. Tannins are at the same time powerful and tight. The finish is fresh without any heaviness.
Alcohol degree: 14.5%
Food pairings: Osso bucco
91-93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
“I loved the 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Lesquerde l’Esquerda and this blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache comes from one of the most exciting terroirs in the Roussillon: the decomposed granite soils around the village of Lesquerde on the western edge of the Agly Valley. Destemmed and aged all in concrete, it offers loads of minerality and wet earth characteristics, medium-bodied richness, fine tannin, beautiful purity, and tons of black and blue-styled fruits. Reminiscent of a fine St Joseph, I suspect it will evolve nicely for 6-7 years, possibly longer.”