Cascastel, Rivesaltes Rancio Vin Doux Naturel NVRegular price €26.00
An ideal complement to all kinds of desserts, cakes and cheeses, this versatile and inexpensive fortified wine is made by a method known locally as rancio.
Some of the Grenache fruit is pressed and vinified exactly like a rosé, and some is de-stalked and fermented like a red wine before the process is stopped with the fortifying alcohol to keep some of the sweetness of the fruit sugars. The two wines are then blended and aged in tanks for five years before a further two years in oak casks, where they are allowed to oxidize and give the wine its distinctive aromas. These oak casks are never completely emptied, so that each new vintage contains about twenty per cent of the previous one.
The rich tawny colour of the final wine is matched by characteristic aromas of walnuts and dried fruit with earthy, herbaceous undertones. It's a rich, lingering, indulgent assembly of flavours including caramel, coffee, chocolate, raisins and preserved fruit, and perfect on its own as well as in partnership with strong cheeses, fruit tarts and puddings, and chocolate desserts.
|Bottle size||750 ml|