Grape Varieties and Terroirs:
This Cuvee is a blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah, and Grenache Noir. The plots are situated on the Belvèze plateau pebbly schist, quartz and gravel. This superb quality terroir is characterized by a high content of organic matter and stones. The vines which are used to produce Cuvée Arthur are characterized by pruning in a low goblet style so that the grapes mature to their optimum point.
In order to respect the integrity of these fine grapes, we harvest by hand. After being harvested, the grapes spend 15 to 20 days in tanks before being aged.
Aged in 1 and 2-year-old French oak barrels for 15 months.
The robe is a deep red color with purple reflections. The nose is rich and after allowing the wine to breathe, notes of black cherry and roasted coffee beans are revealed. The powerful palate enjoys silky, ever present tannins. The finale is lightly spiced with licorice notes. This wine pairs with all fine dishes.
Memorably described at a tasting as `1/2 Tawny Port, 1/2 Vin Santo, and 1/2 Amontillado Sherry, and yes I know that makes 3`, this is exquisite.
Made from the Narince grape (incidentally the most widely plant vine in Turkey, but mainly for it`s edible vine leaves) the wine is fortified and then spends 12 years maturing barrel before bottling. An initial whiff of rancio notes leads into a palate bursting with sweet baked apple and before the sugar becomes overpowering a long dry finish emerges. Trust me,even a banquet, not a drop of this will be left undrunk...
Ultra-stylish, multi award winnning Syrah. Deeply coloured with ripe, brambly tones and a mouth-filling intensity on the finish. Perhaps the most `international` of all the wines tasted, it is a real crowd pleaser is a perfect wine with which to surprise your dinner guests. - Chris Connolly