Britain’s oldest wine & spirits merchant Berry Bros. & Rudd present a thoughtful collection of five lively wines that celebrate the birthplace of wine and applaud the rediscovery of traditional Mediterranean vineyards.
Nourished by the warmer climate, these wines are produced in perfect vine-growing conditions and are becoming increasingly popular with serious oenophiles and new wine enthusiasts alike. The selected wines include regional variations of distinctive and full bodied reds, elegant whites and a complex and rich rosé to take you across the Mediterranean.
The first stop is Santorini, Greece, where the volcanic soils have been tilled for nearly 3,500 years. This has meant that most of the varieties are indigenous and never been anywhere else with vineyards boasting vines up to 500 years old. Today, enthusiastic and passionate producers are combining winemaking traditions with modern practices and state-of-the-art technology to create delicious, drinkable and food friendly wines.
Domaine Sigalas Mavrotragano, Santorini, Greece
TheDomaine Sigalas, Mavrotragano, Santorini, Greece Mavrotragano (HKD$260), reminiscent of a Pinot Noir, it is a full-bodied and chiselled wine, distinguished by its distinctive black cherry aroma, violets, spices and fresh acidity. Then we move along to astonishing Assyrtiko, which is on the remains of Santorini’s caldera where some of the world’s oldest and ungrafted vines are grown. The Domaine Sigalas, Santorini, Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece (HKD$ 150) is a pale yellow white wine that sports an intense minerality, salty tang and textured complexity. Moreover, its burly 14.5% alcohol, gives this full bodied wine an intense finish.
The alluring island of Sicily has a rich heritage of wine making that has lasted over millennia. The island’s climate, grape varieties and fertile soil brings us an authentic, volcanic red wine from the slopes of Sicily’s Monte Etna. Etna Rosso, Graci, Passopisciaro, Sicilia (HKD$148)has vivid fruity flavours of raspberry and strawberry essence and a lava flow of velvety aromas. This medium to full bodied wine is bursting with a freshness that is sure to please. The selection also features the Pietra Nera, Zibibbo, Marco De Bartoli, Marsala, Sicily (HKD$210) adelicate and sophisticated white, light and refreshing to drink, with deliciously complex citrus notes, smoky mineral and salty aromas that ages well and is perfect with seafood dinners.
Domaine Sigalas, Santorini, Assyrtiko, Santorini, Greece
Then the journey takes us to Rhône with the Tavel Rose, La Dame Rousse, Domaine de la MordoreeTavel Rosé(HKD$160). Made from a tapestry of grape varieties, Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre to name a few, all harvested from established old vines directly contributing to this wine’s character. A gorgeous opulent rose colour, the aromatics carry a floral undertone with fruit-forward notes of raspberry and cherry that lends a generous and round palate for its accessible price.
Etna Rosso, Graci, Passopisciaro, Sicilia
Mark Pardoe MW at Berry Bros. & Rudd explains“Today’s greater knowledge of vine-growing and wine-making makes these parochial wines much more exciting than they were previously.” Where wine plays an integral part in society and entertaining, it is the lifestyle accessory that allows us to taste wines from regions around the world and has now lead us to experience the ‘Taste of the Med’ once more. He adds “But their resurgence coincides with a growing appetite for new flavours and unexperienced wines. These are no longer “local” wines that don’t “travel”. They now contribute enormously to the diversity of the world of wine, individual but delicious in their own right and secure in their heritage. Modern wine’s progenitors are moving back into the spotlight.”
Pietra Nera, Zibibbo, Marco De Bartoli, Marsala, Sicily
Berry Bros. & Rudd’s Collection provides the best quality wines coupled with affordable prices that open up a new chapter for Mediterranean wines.All the wines are available from Berry Bros. & Rudd Hong Kong and delivered direct to your door.