With Christmas round the corner, it’s a good time to remind you all of some of the product development that’s been going on over the last few months. Below are some highlights of recent and forthcoming product news, followed by a short look at wine production around the world in 2014.
Tarabilla Tinto 2013 is an award winner!
At the recent Decanter World Wine Awards, Bodegas Gallegas, the Galician winery responsible for Jascots’ exclusive Solano and Tarabilla Spanish ranges, scooped a Silver Medal for the Tarabilla Red 2013, available now.
Vinho Verde ‘Perola de Lima’ 2013, Portugal
New to the list and at only 10.5% abv, this has the advantage of lighter alcohol, an exclusive label and of course, is delicious!
Montefresco Rosato di Veneto 2013, Italy
Our new entry level Rosato di Veneto from Italy. Light and pretty in colour, and full of juicy strawberry fruit, this ticks the box for rosé fans and offers an interesting alternative to Southern French rosés.
Villa Ste Croix Pinot Noir 2013, Pays d’Oc
Our new Pinot Noir from the Pays d’Oc, offering terrific value for money & delicious fruit character along with a touch of oak, perfect for the winter months.
Prosecco Superiore Millesimato 2013 & ‘David’ Spumante Rosato, Enrico Bedin
The Millesimato vintage Prosecco is a new product to the range, expanding our offering from our partner in Asolo, Prosecco Enrico Bedin. The ‘David’ Rosato blend has been improved to offer a slightly richer fruit character and an attractive, candy-floss pink hue.
Chateau Tirecul de Graviere 2004, Monbazillac & ‘Les Pins’ 2012, Chateau Tirecul la Graviere, Monbazillac
The first and second wines of Chateau Tirecul La Graviere, offering two choices of sweet wines at different levels, both from this outstanding producer – highly appropriate wines for the coming season.
FROM THE RANGE
What’s great value at the moment?
Argentina and Italy have had tricky vintages this year, making our ranges from Valcheta and Prosecco Enrico Bedin very good value respectively. Bodegas Gallegas’ quality has been recognised by an award at the Decanter World Wine Awards – our relationship with the guys in Galicia means we’re able to continue to offer great value for our Solano and Tarabilla ranges, despite the ever-increasing global demand for Spanish wines.
What’s absolutely delicious at the moment?
In two words, Bordeaux & Burgundy! The Merlot-dominated Chateau le Joncieux 2009, from Blaye, on Bordeaux’s right-bank, is a must for any claret fans – it’s from the fabulous 2009 vintage and has a high proportion of Merlot in the blend, making it perfect to drink right now.
Meanwhile from Burgundy, take the chance to get hold of Gerard Seguin’s 2009 Gevrey-Chambertins – delicious, 5 year-old Burgundian Pinot Noir just crying out to be snapped up before moving on to the early-drinking 2011s.
Lacrimus Rioja – from November / December
• Bespoke & exclusive design
• Incorporates Lacrimus or ‘tear’ design
Vaquero Cabernet Sauvignon & Chardonnay – from January
Clarence River Sauvignon Blanc – from 2014 vintage, due December / January
• Exclusive design
• Deeper blue colour and fish motif and ‘Marlborough’ now in embossed silver foil
EUROPEAN VINTAGE OVERVIEW:
Languedoc & Southern France – yield for the 2014 harvest is set to be 40% lower than in 2013, with hail & floods decimating many vineyards across the region. Those vineyards which survived have yielded small harvests and much work will be required in the winery to mitigate the impact of rot and diluted sugars.
It was imperative to act quickly to secure volumes for the year, but producers were reluctant to fix prices until the vintage had been completed.
Bordeaux – A positive start to the vintage with a dry and sunny Spring, but followed by a wet and rather mixed summer period, saved at the very last by a very dry & sunny September. Quality is good.
Burgundy /Loire/Rhone /other regions– the rest of France has had a reasonable harvest. Figures show that the crop is up by approx. 10% on 2013 (depending on what you read), but this only indicates a return to the overall average for recent years.
A larger than average harvest in 2014, though smaller than both 2012 and 2013. Poor harvests in neighbouring European countries such as Italy and Southern France have increased demand for Spanish wine, particularly at the entry and bulk level from regions such as La Mancha. These two factors have combined to result in prices either stabilising or seeing slight increases.
Generally speaking, low yields across the whole of the country. The situation further south was considerably better, but in the northern regions such as Piemonte & the Veneto, a very tricky vintage was had by all and prices are expected to rise.
SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE & USA:
South Africa has held steady with an average size crop reported in most regions, in line with the previous 2 years. Quality is good and the market is relatively stable.
Chile experienced a very dry and hot summer, leading to very high quality but low yields. Along with two major earthquakes in the north of the country, this has led to expected price rises.
Weather has been a key factor in Argentina in 2014, with high rainfall during the early stages of harvest effecting sugar levels. Many producers were forced to harvest earlier than usual, compounding the problem of low sugar levels, and resulting in wines with lower than average ABVs. Initial reports suggested the harvest could have been as much as 30% down on 2013, but diligent work in the vineyard and winery, coupled with high sunshine late in the season saved the vintage to some extent, and final figures now have the vintage 8% down from 2013. Average prices are expected to rise as a result.
Vintage is now all but finished in California, and reports are of an average sized harvest, except for Zinfandel which has seen mixed results.