1. Hazendal Bushvine Chenin
Blanc, Stellenbosch, SA, 2003
2. Clos Malverne Sauvignon
Blanc, Stellenbosch, SA,
3. Houghtons Verdelho, Swan
Valley WA, 2002
4. Chateau Reynella
Chardonnay, SE Australia, 2000
5. Gran Feudo, Garnacha
Rose, DO Navarra, Spain, 2003
La Vigne Blanche Domaine
d'Escausses, AC Gaillac, 2002
According to Anthony J. Hawkins' Super Gigantic Y2K Winegrape Glossary, Fer is also known as Fer Servadou, Brocol, Braucol, Mansois and Pinenc. The name apparently refers to the iron-hard woodiness of the vine. Grown to a limited extent in the Gaillac AC and other regions of southwest France where it is used to impart colour, intensity and aroma to regional red wine blends. The variety grown in Argentina and called by this name is now thought to be a clone of Malbec.
Garnet-red. Silky and elegant nose, red fruit flavours, some wood, spices and leather. Well structured, full mouth-feel, soft tannins. Long finish of liquorice and chocolate.
It's €5.40 from the chateau - weep, you poor overtaxed Irish punter!
Chateau Clement Termes,
AC Gaillac, 2001
According to Hawkins (above), Duras is a minor grape grown in the Gaillac AC northeast of Toulouse, France. Has several synonyms including Cabernet Duras and Durade. Used to create red and rose' blended wines made from such varieties as Fer, Negrette, Syrah and Gamay Noir. Not to be confused with the appellation of the same name.
When I tasted it with Tommy Cullen of Jus de Vine we found a description of Brocol that said that it gave smokiness and rusticity, and we found lots of that. The Duras, on the other hand, imparts considerable elegance. Big, round, silky; with flexible tannins, it would be great with a steak or cheese.
€45 for six (€7.50 each) in France this is serious competition for both
the French wine establishment as well as the new world, with the added
advantage of being unusual. God knows what it would cost here :(