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Wine of the Month: Love Chunk


Introducing February’s wine of the month, the appropriately named Love Chunk from Nouveau Wine.

Mild, juicy and excellent for chilling (we like it served straight from the fridge), Love Chunk is constituted of 100% Cinsault, and is a mix of outdated block vines in addition to youthful vines. It’s fermented in stainless-steel to present freshness and undergoes a course of referred to as Carbonic Maceration which provides its signature flavour of boiled sweets (we promise, it tastes superb). Alongside this, it options pink fruits resembling strawberry, raspberry and a bitter cranberry notice. It has mild tannin however is easy on the palate and an total easy-drinker.  

Made utilizing low-innervation farming, this implies hand-harvested grapes, sustainable farming practices and spontaneous fermentation – Nouveau go away the wild yeasts that exist already on the grapes and within the vineyard work their magic.

With flavours of pink berries, candied sweets and saline, we love this vegan wine served chilled from the fridge.  

To have a good time we spoke to the top Nouveau Wine winemaker in South Africa to seek out out extra about how this contemporary pink wine is produced.

What does a winemaker do?

A winemaker merely guides the product to its ultimate vacation spot. We need to make one thing distinctive and have folks expertise what you may have skilled in the course of the rising of the grapes and the making of the wine – all these flavours that you just get for if you open up a bottle of wine.

What’s low-intervention winemaking?

Low-intervention winemaking is the place the winemaker doesn’t do an excessive amount of to the wine, they merely guarantee that all the things runs easily however doesn’t intervene. There are not any further components added to the wine and the naked minimal quantity of sulphites or none in any respect. There’s no filtration – you do not take something out of the wine that is not alleged to be there.

What winery practices makes Love Chunk ‘low-intervention’?

An vital low-intervention winery observe just isn’t utilizing systemic chemical substances to deal with the winery. We’re extra targeted on rising wholesome vines as a substitute of treating the signs of illness and pests so we focus lots on soil well being. In case you have wholesome soil you may have wholesome vines and in case you have wholesome vines, you may have wholesome grapes.

Why does Nouveau Wine select to make use of Outdated Vines?

Utilizing outdated vines provides you grapes with a greater high quality, so due to this fact a greater testing wine. 

How outdated are the Outdated Vines?

An Outdated Vine in South Africa needs to be a minimal of 35 years outdated. Within the business, it was once commonplace to tug out older vines and begin new however the ‘Outdated Vine Mission’ which began a couple of decade in the past, goals to protect these older vines.

What influence does the age of the vines have on the wine?

The age of the vine has a large influence on the standard of the wine. When a vine is younger it tends to be fairly vigorous. Because it grows older it reduces its yield and the grapes on the vine get much more concentrated. This makes a superior high quality grape which is then mirrored within the wine.

What’s ‘carbonic maceration’ and what impact does this have on the wine?

Carbonic maceration is the place the fermentation of the berry occurs inside itself because of the atmosphere within the tank. CO2 is added however the grapes aren’t crushed so the grapes turn into little tanks of their very own.

It will increase the fruit profile within the wine which makes provides flavours of pink and blackberry to the wine. It additionally decreases the tannin extraction of the wine since you do not break the pores and skin cells of the grape. 

What’s the easiest way to serve Love Chunk? How chilly ought to it’s?

Serving Love Chunk chilled helps to extend the expression of the contemporary fruit flavours within the wine. 

What do you get if you odor Love Chunk?

I choose up so many pink berries – cranberries come first to thoughts but additionally forest-floor berries, blackberries…It is like a bowl of juicy berries!

What do you get if you style Love Chunk?

Let’s speak in regards to the color first – as you’ll see it’s a frivolously colored wine which displays its lighter, elegant construction and easy tannin on the palette. You then’ve obtained the continuation of these juicy berry fruits in addition to a boiled candy/candied high quality from the carbonic maceration course of.

Questioning learn how to get pleasure from tour new favorite wine? Love Chunk pairs very well with…

Fable Pink Miso & Soy Beef Stir Fry
Belazu Rose Harissa Paste
I’m Nut Okay – Black Truffle Nerominded
Torres Vegetable Crisps

Strive Love Chunk right here now and look at the complete Nouveau Wine vary right here.

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