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." (Jul 2020)
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.
New tasting note (May 2021)! "Deep tomato-pink colour. I love it when producers have the balls to make dark rosés. Bravo. This smells like raspberries when they've been dried and ground into an icing-sugar-fine powder mixed with matcha and baharat. Dry, but the fruit has a maraschino candied hold on the palate. Lemon peel ground into chalk ground into the bones of the wines. Tingly, tangy finish. This is a rosé that needs hearty food, not beaches and bikinis. I have a spicy fish soup in the fridge and I think this is exactly the right wine... Drink 2021 – 2022 16.5/20"
She also noted that, "this rosé is, hands-down, the best food-pairing wine I tasted right across the board of this southern France tasting, and up there with one of the foodiest food wines I've ever tried period.
Tamlyn's previous tasting note: "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. Drink 2020-2022." (Jul 2020)
"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." (Aug, 2020)
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. Try matching with roast veal or leg of lamb
New tasting note (May 2021)! "Forest fruits with a frisson of cumin and Parma violet. There is something unusual and very pretty on the nose here, and I can't quite put my finger on it! But on the palate it's cinnamon bark and nutmeg-spiced cherries and a fine streak of burnt thyme. It's a wine that, allowed to linger in the glass, rewarded patience. The cherry fruit opened its palms, started to beam, hinted at Turkish delight, did a couple of muscly flick-flacks, dipped its fingers in liquorice and made handprints on the wall. Just for fun. But don't mistake this for a simple wine. The liquid format of Barbara Kingsolver…? Drink 2021 – 2024 16.5/20".
Tamlyn's earlier tasting note: "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." (Jul 2020)