For the final week we look at Louisvale, and will be opening their Stone Road Sauvignon Blanc and the newly arrived sparkling MCC Brut Chardonnay-
“We have a particular soft spot for Louisvale as it was our introduction to them 12 months ago and the subsequent success that their wines have enjoyed that encouraged this project in the first instance.
Having enjoyed significant success in the 1990’s, their fortunes changed following a takeover at the start of the millennium and it is only since new owners assumed control in 2010 that things have, once again, started looking up. Throughout this whole period the one constant has been the ursine figure of winemaker Simon Smith. His uncompromising approach could hardly lay claim to being cutting edge but let there be no doubt, the range of wines assembled before us were some of the most approachable and appealing that we had encountered all week.
Simon’s first act following the most recent takeover was to set about the complete replanting of the estate and the dividends of this are now all too apparent. His bottles come adorned with a multitude of awards, the most notable being the IWSC Gold for his MCC sparkling Rose and an IWSC Silver for the truly outstanding Bordeaux Blend, Dominique. Perhaps the highlight of the whole visit though was a sneak preview of his new, ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon, 5 Barrels. After the years in the wilderness, the message that this wine conveys could not be clearer; Louisvale are not just back on their feet but this is a winery that should be taken very seriously indeed.”
More updates from Chris- now into the 5th day of the trip, but actually only the third in South America- having lost the 2 days in Chile, it's time to head to Argentina and finally a chance to acquire more socks...
Whilst his fear of flying was causing Michael, the young Armagh medic sat next to me on the plane over the Andes to come out in a cold sweat, I couldn’t help but drink in the most astonishing views during one of the shortest but most spectacular flights in the world
A delayed Day 2 blog from Chris's South America trip, which technically is Day 1 as they've only just arrived in Chile...
Sunday morning and the Insignificant Seven are in somewhat better spirits. Our unscheduled 36 hours in Madrid provided ample opportunity to