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White or Red Wine.

What was the story again about how white and red wines are made?
First, it is good to realize that there are over 10.000 varieties of grapes used to produce wine. Just a handful of these has red flesh whereas most of the grapes have flesh that is light greenish coloured.
White wine can be made with either white or red grapes. The major difference between white and red wine is that white wines are fermented without the grape skins. For red wine, it is during the early stage of the fermentation process that the wine extracts its colour from the exposed grape skins. After a few days, depending on the desired wine style, the skins are removed from the fermentation process. Et voilà.

Passport Series #4 Super TUSCAN

The last of the four limited edition Passport series arrives in store on March Tuesday 5th.

This red Super Tuscan from Italy has built many friendships in Nelson since we took over Wine Kitz. Super Tuscan, a term made popular in the 1980’s, is used to describe wines made in Chianti that did not follow the strict DOCG rules using varietals non-indigenous to the region. A blend of Sangiovese, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, this full-bodied Super Tuscan exhibits aromatic notes of oak, vanilla, leather and spice while the palate punches with bold black cherry and raspberry flavours. Firm but not aggressive tannins and a long lingering finish explain its popularity among the true wine lovers. While the terroir has challenged soil conditions, this benefits the region resulting in lower yields and higher quality wines also loved by critics worldwide.

The pre-order quantities are reserved. We did order a few extra for those who missed the deadline. This is your chance.

Montepulciano is not always Montepulciano

Don’t get caught in that debate. Allow me to explain.

Both from Italy are the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano and the Montepulciano D’Abruzzo.

The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano originates from the province of Tuscany and is produced in the vineyards surrounding the town Montepulciano. Predominantly produced of the Sangiovese grape resulting in a wine with naturally elevated acidity and robust herbal, tobacco-like flavors.

Our Montepulciano however originates from the province of Abruzzo, in central Italy. This wine is made of grapes named Montepulciano. These grapes produce medium bodied wines, deeply colored, rich aromatic and with soft tannins. Its profile lends itself for the wine to be consumed young. The wine is not so well known and therefore undervalued. That is the reason I take this opportunity to bring this Montepulciano under your attention at 10% off the kit price.

Passport Series #3 Malbec-Garnacha-Syrah

The third of the four limited edition Passport series arrives in store on Tuesday 5th.

This red Malbec-Garnacha-Syrah from Argentinean and Spanish grape is unique and will not be found on the shelves of any liquor store. The power of the Passport series is to combine quality juices from all over the world into unique blends. A full-bodied wine with rich aromas of dark berries with nuances of licorice and chocolate. The soft tannins and palate of black and blue berries are complimented with spicy edge creating a long and pleasing finish.

The pre-order quantities are set aside but we ordered a few extra for those who missed the deadline. Customers who reserved all four receive a discount of 50% on the fourth kit which is planned for arrival in March.

Wedding wines and bespoke labels.

Typically at the start of the year we would see an increase in customers starting their wedding wines for later on the year. Congratulations! We have a great variety of white, rose and red that have proven to be successful for these occasions. Of course the finishing touch is in the choice of bespoke labels also available with a picture of the couple. Please hop in to discuss.