Discovering Unusual Wines

unusual-wines

We’ve all heard of the powerful Bordeaux Blends, the Pinot Noirs & Chardonnays from Burgundy, the Sangioveses from Tuscany and even Rieslings of Austria. But do you also know that wines are produced in the Middle East? Do you know about fortified wines, or Sherries from Spain, and also that England produces their own sparkling wines? This month, we discover the unusual and less-explored wines, wines that you probably have heard little or none about.

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Domaine Alain Graillot Syrocco Rouge Maroc 2013

Region: Morocco, Casablanca

Retail Price: S$ 47.00

About the Wine: Alain crafts this wine as a fruit-forward Moroccan red, yet it is made in an old-world style with moderate extraction, excellent balance, and complex aromatics. Plenty of ripe purple black fruits and dried cherry followed by sandalwood, herb and spice. Finish is dry, long and classical

About the Winery: Alain Graillot has been producing wines reflecting his integrity and high standards since 1985. Born in the Northern Rhone, he left to pursue a career in business, but returned home to his dream of creating great wines. Without the opportunity of stepping into an existing family winery, Alain undertook formal studies in Burgundy while seeking the guidance and inspiration of the best of the new generation of winemakers including Jacques Seysses of Dominique Dujac. He has now some 15 ha in Crozes-Hermitage itself as well as 1 ha in St-Joseph. He matures his red wines in one year old french oak barrels from Burgundy.

 

 

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Domaine de Bargylus White 2011

Region: Syria, Latakia

Retail Price: S$ 67.00

About the Wine:  Fading yellow with light green reflections. The noses expresses exotic fruit aromas of papaya and lemon with a touch of saltiness as well. On the pallet the wine is very elegant, round, keeping a lot of freshness due to a good acidity.

About the Winery: Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, spreads from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa. This land is a country of mystery and legends where wine and alphabet were revealed to man and where the ancients grew vines more than 3000 years ago. Located in the hinterland of the Hellenistic city of Laodicea –the modern Syrian city of Latakia- and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during the Greco-roman era. The Bargylus wine estate is precisely located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the “convent of Thomas”, not far from the archeological vestiges of the crusading era and the famous Saladin.

Winery Website – http://www.bargylus.com/en/

 

domaine-de-bargylus-red

 

Domaine de Bargylus Red 2010

Region: Syria, Latakia

Retail Price: S$83.00

About the Wine:  Deep purple hue, the nose is complex with notes of spices & truffles. There is precision in the mouth with excellent balance between the integrated tannins, the elegant fruit and mineral freshness. The finish is powerful and sustained.

About the Winery: Cited by Pliny the Elder, Mount Bargylus, known today as Jebel Al-Ansariyé, spreads from the Orontes Valley near the ancient city of Antioch to the Eleutherus Valley in the south of ancient Emesa. This land is a country of mystery and legends where wine and alphabet were revealed to man and where the ancients grew vines more than 3000 years ago. Located in the hinterland of the Hellenistic city of Laodicea –the modern Syrian city of Latakia- and the Canaanite metropolis of Ugarit, the slopes of Mount Bargylus were richly covered with vines during the Greco-roman era. The Bargylus wine estate is precisely located near Deir Touma, literally translated as the “convent of Thomas”, not far from the archeological vestiges of the crusading era and the famous Saladin.

Winery Website – http://www.bargylus.com/en/

barbadillo-solear

 

Barbadillo Manzanillo Solear NV

Region: Spain, Andalucia

Retail Price: S$ 46.00

About the Wine: Intense and bright in appearance. Pale straw colour with attractive highlights. On the nose, it is pungent and clean with intensity and finesse from the prolonged ageing under flor. Reminiscent of the sea with saline and iodine notes. On the palate, it is extraordinarily dry on the palate but with a smooth and harmonious finish. Subtle salinity and a lingering flavour.

About the WineryBarbadillo currently owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, both of which are located in the area known as Jerez Superior, or Upper Jerez. The former has an extensive winemaking plant fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and Barbadillo’s numerous wine cellars are strategically distributed over the outstanding area of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, surrounding the medieval castle of Santiago. The cellars occupy a total area of more than 75,000 m2 and have an overall capacity of 35,000,000 litres, which is the largest in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Winery Website – http://barbadillo.com/en

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Barbadillo Amontillado Principe NV

Region: Spain, Andalucia

Retail Price: S$79.00

About the Wine: Beautiful amber colour. Clear and bright in appearance.Intense and elegant on the nose; a tempting seductress. Saline nuances and a trace of toasted hazelnuts. Excellent balance and structure with a long finish. The typical dryness of amontillado sherry stands out and highlights its complexity. Lingering and satisfying aftertaste.

About the WineryBarbadillo currently owns 500 hectares of vineyards spread over two estates, Gibalbín and Santa Lucía, both of which are located in the area known as Jerez Superior, or Upper Jerez. The former has an extensive winemaking plant fully equipped with state-of-the-art technology and Barbadillo’s numerous wine cellars are strategically distributed over the outstanding area of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, surrounding the medieval castle of Santiago. The cellars occupy a total area of more than 75,000 m2 and have an overall capacity of 35,000,000 litres, which is the largest in Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Winery Website – http://barbadillo.com/en

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