The Archive for 2011’s Wines of the Fortnight AA Badenhorst Family Wines Wine NV Arnaud de Villeneuve Rivesaltes Ambré 1985 Ataraxia Chardonnay 2009 Birichino Malvasia Bianco 2009 Chapoutier Chante-Alouette 2007 Chasse Spleen 2000 Edoardo Miroglio Pinot Nero 2007 Ermelinda Freitas … Continue reading

Zagreus Vinica Mavrud 2008

Producer Zagreus takes its name from the ancient Greek legends, Zagreus is associated with the god Dionysus, the offspring of Zeus and Persephone. He was later torn to pieces and eaten by the Titans. The use of his name for … Continue reading

Birichino Malvasia Bianco 2009

Producer Birichino (Italian for impish or mischievous) specialises in making wines from the more unusual grape varieties planted in California. They currently make three wines: a straight Grenache, a Vin Gris (Provence style rosé) from Cinsault and Rolle, and one … Continue reading

Yalumba The Menzies 2005

Producer In 1847 Samuel Smith migrated with his family from England to Australia, eventually settling in a small town called Angaston in the Barossa Valley. During the day he worked as a gardener for George Fife Angas, after whom the … Continue reading

Porta di Vertine Chianti Classico 2007

Producer La Porta di Vertine was established in 2006 by Dan Lugosch, an American real estate developer, and his wife Ellen. They purchased an amphitheatre-shaped vineyard in the tiny hamlet of Vertine, just outside of the town of Gaiole in … Continue reading

Spinetta Moscato Biancospino 2010

Producer It was in 1977 that Giuseppe Rivetti started producing Moscato d’Asti in his winery at Castagnole Lanze. He named it La Spinetta “the top of the hill” and released two single-vineyard Moscatos the same year: Biancospino (hawthorn) and Bricco … Continue reading

Louis Magnin Arbin La Brova 2007

Producer Louis Magnin runs his small estate of eight hectares from the village of Arbin, which is close to the town of Montmélian in the Combe de Savoie. He currently farms organically, but is converting to operating a biodynamic system. … Continue reading

Quinta de la Rosa La Rosa Tinto 2008

Producer Quinta de la Rosa is owned and run by the father and daughter team, Sophie and Tim Bergqvist. Tim’s mother (Claire Feurheerd) was given the estate in 1906 as a christening present. Her family had been making port since … Continue reading

Ermelinda Freitas Moscatel de Setubal NV

Producer Casa Ermelinda Freitas is a family-owned estate, passed down through the generations since 1920. It is now in the hands of Leonor Freitas, who is the fourth generation of the family’s wine producers. The winery is based in the … Continue reading