Recanati, Wild Carignan Reserve
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- Judean Hills
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Be in no doubt, this wine is serious stuff. I am a bit of a Carignan fan and this wine satisfies all of my requirements and is worth every penny! Deep purple, dark fruit bouquet. Intense aromas of black cherry and plum. Rich and full-bodied with excellent acidity. Flavours of blackberries mingle with a touch of Mediterranean herbs. Delicious with grilled red meats and hearty stews. Serve slightly cooler than room temperature.
"The bush vines that make this wine were spotted high in the Judean Hills by chance by Ido Lewinsohn, Recanati’s assistant winemaker, in 2008, just after the fruit had been harvested but a few delicious berries remained. Determined to secure these impressive grapes in the future, Ido tracked down the owner, and persuaded Recanati to swap some apparently more desirable Cabernet Sauvignon vineyard land for the supposed workhorse Carignan. With limited yields and sensitive wine-making, these remarkable vines make one of the most profound Carignan based wines I have ever tasted, full-bodied but elegant, with masses of blueberry fruit counterpoised by a savoury spiciness." Martin Hudson MW