WINES - ACCORDS
Our Accords range reflects what our winemaker, Kirsten, says are "wines of her imagination." The goal is to put in the bottle the best that our vineyards have to offer, whether that be a single variety or a blend, making up whites, rosés and reds. They are crafted specifically to complement food, and though we make suggestions as to possible matches, everyone's tastes are different and we hope that people will explore and discover what makes a great pairing for them.
These wines are made under the Indications Géographiques Protégées (IGP) Saint Guilhem le Désert system, which allows us freedom to make the wines as we wish, to attain the ultimate in expression.
2018 was a good season for our white grapes and Kirsten used Viognier, Sauvignon blanc and Roussanne in the blend. This has created a pale gold wine with opening aromas of savoury bay leaf, creamy hazelnuts and ripe juicy pear. It has a smooth, mouth-filling palate with complex citrus fruit and oak barrique flavours, leads to a fresh finish which will balance nicely with rich foods like a creamy seafood dish.
"Smells like a bouquet of dried Mediterranean herbs. Pear cream and wonderful dry bay leaf, oregano, thyme and rosemary on the palate. Has richness and bite. Cream and a savouriness that reminds me of toasted spelt along with the sweetness of ripe apricots and peaches. The long tang and vibration of acidity really pulls the length and finish across the line."
Our top 2018 rosé is made from Syrah only and has heady aromas of dried rose petals and citrus peel with underlying notes of creamy yeastiness and some vanilla oak barrique influence. The palate is long with notes of sour cherry, cranberry, candied orange peel and has a dry, fresh finish that would match well with roast duck breast.
"Very dark pink, on the clarete-moving-to-red spectrum. Vanilla and strawberry shortbread. Packed with vanilla-syrup-glazed strawberry fruit on the palate. Hibiscus petals and some butterscotch but overall more savoury than sweet. Dry and a little bit of texture. More of a red wine than a rosé, although I'm missing some length. Don't drink too cold (I found it best at about white burgundy temperature). Very good with biltong! Definitely a wine for substantial food (think meat) rather than an aperitif."
"Dark pink red. Very vibrant red berry fruit. Soft, silky texture. Strawberries and raspberries with beautifully integrated minerality and long fresh vibrant acidity. Really lovely."
The 2018 Accords red is an intensely coloured wine showing off the bright purple red contributed by the Carignan. There are rich and complex aromas of spice, violets, prunes and chocolate. On the palate, the Carignan provides freshness and the Syrah lovely fine tannins. This is an elegant wine with a full mouthfeel and lingering fruit spice and cocoa flavours.
"Remarkably fragrant! Raspberries and raspberry leaves and hibiscus tea leaf. Sandalwood and cedary fragrance on the palate, too, running through the depth of dark-cherry-liqueur chocolates. Lifted, leafiness on the finish giving it this long, fresh elegance. The tannins are tight and dry but not astringent. Alcohol beautifully in balance. This will give more with time."