2012-2013 3 NOffLA winners

Irish Guild of Sommeliers Tasting 18 February 2013

Hosted by Mackenway Distributers Ltd and presented by Bren Smith

Mackenway Distributors is a family owned wine company, set up over 25 years ago by Robert and Christine Smith.  They import high quality wines from all the various wine producing regions of the world, many of whom have won numerous awards such as “White & Red Wine of the Year” and overall “Wine of the Year”at the  NOFFLA  Gold Star Awards.

Their son Bren, who joined the company six years ago, presented nine wines focusing on three winemakers, Michel Redde et Fils from Pouilly Fumé in the Loire, Domaine Lafage in Roussillon and Bodegas Resalte de Penafiel in Ribera del Duero

Michel Redde et Fils  Pouilly-Fumé, Loire, France

Michel Redde and his son Thierry are the fifth and sixth generations of a family which has been grower-producers in the Loire Valley since early in the last century. The estate’s vineyards are situated in the heart of the appellation on the crest of a hillside overlooking the Loire river and are directly exposed to the south.  The soils supporting the Sauvignon Blanc vines vary between two types – chalky clay and clay and silica soils.

A resolute insistence on absolute quality has earned Michel Redde a place among the top five or six producers in the Pouilly and Sancerre regions, with a reputation for excellence and consistency second to none.

Wines

Pouilly-Fumé AC Petit Fumé 2011

This wine is made from the youngest vines in the domaine and are aged between 10 and 15 years old.  It has an opulent nose of ripe citrus, tastes fresh and lively and is full of expressive fruit, finishing dry, clean and stylish.  The perfect aperitif!

Pouilly-Fumé AC “La Moynerie” 2008

This wine comes exclusively from Michel Redde’s La Moynerie vineyard where the Sauvignon vines are between 20 and 25 years old and grow in diverse sub-soils of limestone, kimmeridgian marl, and clay with flint. The wine is put in stainless steel tanks, wooden tuns and half-wooden casks for 10 to 12 months on the lees until bottling.

Very pungent aromas with a crisp, minerally, ripe, white fruit character on the palate.  The ideal match for creamy fish. This wine was featured in Decanter Magazine Experts Choice March 2013

Pouilly-Fumé AC “Les Bois de Saint Andelain” 2007

Les Bois de Saint Andelain is one of a range of single terroir cuvées produced by Michel Redde et Fils and these cuvées are viewed as unofficial grand cru sites within the Pouilly-Fumé appellation. The vineyard is located at a high point on the outskirts of the village of Saint Andelain on cretaceous flint and silex soils.  Vines are between 40 and 50 years old.

Flint and citrus aromas jump from the glass.  A broad, weighty style, with plenty of citrus fruit, minerally, a touch of honey, and balanced by a fresh streak of lemony acidity.  Subtle oaky tones emerge on the aftertaste,  owing to its period in wooden tuns for 16 to 18 months.  A classic and elegant Pouilly Fumé.  The highest scoring wine featured in  Decanter Magazine Experts Choice March 2013

Domaine Lafage Roussillon, France

Jean-Marc Lafage’s family has been growing grapes in Roussillon for six generations, but it was Jean-Marc who had the ambition to stop selling the grapes and to found a domaine.  He and his oenologist wife, Eliane, founded Domaine Lafage in 1996 with an estate of 138ha of vines across Roussillon, with parcels in the Agly Valley, Aspres and Perpignan specialising in old vines.

Wines

Domaine Lafage “Côte Est” 2011

This dry, white comes from the Catalanes area, is a blend of 50% Grenache Blanc/Grenache Gris (from 100 year old vines), 30% Chardonnay and 20% Marsanne.  Uniquely, the blend is made first and then the wine, after which it remains for three months on its lees.  A wonderfully fresh style, with a limey acidity and flavours of pithy grapefruit and honeysuckle.  A great aperitif, or an accompaniment for shellfish.

Domaine Lafage “Côte Sud” 2010

Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache and Syrah from three different terroirs make up the blend in this full-bodied red.  Each variety is vinified separately in open fermenters and the wine is aged for 12 months in French oak casks. Youthful in appearance, it has ripe, dark fruit aromas with a huge fruit attack on the palate balanced by a fresh edge.  Soft, easy drinking and a very fruity red.

Domaine Lafage “Cuvée Centenaire” 2010

100 year old Grenache Blanc (80%) and Rousanne (20%) (hence the name) produce this full-flavoured white.  Round, rich citrus fruit with lemony acidity and just a hint of oak giving a creamy, weighty wine.

Domaine Lafage “Cuvée Nicolas” 2010

This robust red is made from 65 year old Grenache Noir grown in the Agly valley, aged for six months in barrel and is not filtered.  Garnet coloured, with aromas of soft, dark fruit, hints of chocolate and an almost port-like nose.   Big, dense, black, wild berry fruit and black pepper spiciness on the palate, balanced by a minerally edge.  Perfect with rare steak.

Bodgeas Resalte de Penafiel, Ribera del Duero, Spain

Located in Penafiel, in the Spanish D.O. of Ribera del Duero, Bodegas Resalte winery was founded in 2000, with the specific purpose of producing high quality wines.  Resalte combine traditional methods and state-of-the-art technology such as a complete gravity system to produce modern and complex wines.  All the wines are produced from 100% Tempranillo, ranging from 10 to 100 years old.

Wines

Resalte Vendimia Seleccionada 2011

15 year old Tempranillo, grown in high vineyards produce this entry level red.  Youthful looking, it has inviting berry aromas, raspberry and cherry fruit on the palate, with a spicy touch.  Fresh and juicy on the finish.  This wine spends six months in French 500 litre oak casks.

Resalte Crianza 2006

This elegant wine oozes sweet fruit – cherries, plums, raspberries – with spicy oak and balanced acidity giving freshness on the aftertaste.  Tastes like a Reserva style! 25 year old Tempranillo vines grown at high altitude make up the blend and the wine is aged for 15 months in French and American oak casks.

Tasting notes: Catherine Griffith.

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