Well, it feels like it’s been a long time coming but both wines have now arrived in the UK and are available to purchase. I’m really excited that they can finally be tasted and appreciated by the people who have been reading all about how they were made.
The labels have been designed by Swci Delic, a Carmarthen based artist who quite a few of you already know. I’ve never seen wine labels anything like these before which I think really suits the unique nature of these wines.
I have put a tab at the top of this website’s menu which gives a list of STOCKISTS and the chance to purchase online. The wines only available in Wales at the moment although, if it is purchased online, it can be delivered anywhere in the UK.
100% Garnatxa made in the Priorat.
This is one of the best growing areas for Grenache (or Garnatxa) in the world and this has allowed me to make a single varietal from a fantastic grape variety which is often undervalued and lost within blends. I only made 300 bottles of this (one barrel) so I imagine it will not be available for very long. If you want to have a look at the red wine and find out more information, then just click HERE.
100% Arinto dos Açores made on Pico Island, Azores
The island of Pico (in the Azores) is a UNESCO world heritage site for viticulture and the wines have a unique sense of place due to the climate and viticultural practices. For more information on the white wine and to see a picture, click HERE.
I’m really happy with both wines and feel like they have been worth all the hard work and I’m glad to have been able to share the reasoning behind my wine making decisions with you. Remember, if you want to look in detail at all the decisions behind the wines and see their development over time, then you can look at the archived blog posts at the right hand side of the page.
I’ll let you know if any more wine is in the pipeline….
It’s been about a year since my last post and I should let you all know what has been happening. There are times in winemaking, when you just have to leave the wine alone and this is the reason for the large gaps between posts. Now, however, I can update you as to what has been happening in the last year and what will be happening over the course of the next month or so.
I was in Catalonia last June in order to perform final analyses on my wine and get it out of the barrel and into bottles. You may remember that there were two wines made from the same batch of grapes. Both wines have been bottled and the smaller of the volumes (around 300 bottles) is now on its way to Cardiff in Wales.
The bottling line about to start.
As soon as I know the final date of arrival, I will be able to let you know the name of the wine, show you a picture and tell you where it can be bought. I did try a bottle of this at Christmas with some roast duck and it went down really well. It should age and develop gracefully for many years to come.
The white wine (1200 bottles) has also been bottled and is also on its way to Cardiff. I have decided on a final blend for this wine and I am pleased to say that it is a wine that drinks excellently now (having benefited from some months in the bottle) but will also age very well over the next five or more years.
I don’t want to show you any images of the wine until it is in Wales and ready for sale (really soon I hope!) but I’m very excited to have worked with an amazing Welsh artist who produces really vibrant and joyous pieces of art. This artist has designed the label for both the red and white wines, so as well as being very unique and individual bottles of wine, they will also be unique and individual pieces of artwork. I’m really looking forward to being able to put the images of the wine up on this site.
I’ll tell you more when the time comes and the wines arrive.