On Thursday August 17 at 6:30 Stellina holds our final outdoor wine tasting of the summer, when we present a program entitled “TRADE WINDS.” The evening is devoted entirely to some of the finest wines produced in the Southern Hemisphere, including a few bottlings that are rarely seen in this area.
This evening is the last installment in Stellina’s annual “Under the Stars” wine tasting series. Seating is underneath the grape vines in our Italian garden, and the tasting includes both selected antipasti and professional commentary from an industry representative.
Your tastebuds will start their journey in Australia, or more specifically the island of Tasmania, where the Jansz Rose Sparkling wine is grown and made in a manner reminsicent of the great French Champagnes. It’s a hop, skip and jump over to New Zealand, to taste a Bordeaux-style blend from Hawkes’ Bay.
On to South America. From Argentina we’ll sample the grape that has become perhaps the iconic white wine of the region, Torrontes. Slide over to Chile for another Bordeaux-inspired red, the mysterious Carmenere.
The evening ends a continent away, in the country of South Africa, where Pinotage has become the watchword for great red wine.
The cost for this wine tasting is $35 per person. Reservations are required. We suggest that you make them by calling our main number at 617-924-9475, to insure prompt confirmation .
Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé (Tasmania, Australia)
Specially selected and crafted individual batches form the basis of this Rosé. The fruit used in this wine is selected from cool climate vineyards across Tasmania dedicated to growing sparkling wine fruit.
The Jansz Tasmania Premium Rosé is based upon Jansz wines from several vintages. As with our Premium Cuvée, batches are kept separate during winemaking to maximize blending options and final wine complexity. Secondary fermentation takes place in the bottle and is aged on yeast lees until the perfect balance of strawberries and cream is reached, which usually takes up to three years.
The Jansz Tasmania vineyard sits to the northeast of the island state within the Pipers River region of the Tamar Valley. This cool little corner is colloquially known as ‘Sparkling Tasmania’.
Temperatures here are moderated by close proximity to Bass Strait. The ocean breezes keep the temperature up during winter – minimising risk of frost, and down in summer – allowing our grapes to ripen slowly and develop intense, delicate and refined flavours.
Resting on a bed of pure, red, free-draining basalt soils, the Jansz vineyard truly is the perfect site to grow grapes for world-class sparkling wines.
It could be argued we’re completely mad growing grapes in the wild and unforgivingly cold Tasmanian environment. But there’s méthode to our madness.
The climatic conditions of the Jansz vineyard rival the famed French wine region of Champagne. In fact, it was originally with French contribution that Jansz became Tasmania’s first sparkling made using the traditional Méthode.
Today we call it, Méthode Tasmanoise. It’s the essence of a partnership between the environment and our winemaker. Just as the cool Tasmanian climate creates spectacular beauty in nature, it is also instrumental in the creation of art in bottles.
93 POINTS! Australian Wine Companion – “Salmon-pink; the higher percentage of pinot meunier has a considerable impact, the strawberry, spicy notes more evident; good length and balance.”
92 POINTS! Wilfred Wong of Wine.com –“Unique and refined, this wine speaks so well of Tasmania! The delicate Jansz Premium Rose is so pretty and so stylish; wonderful aromas of wild strawberries and delicate flowers; medium bodied on the palate and bright with the zest of life; lively tart and ripe strawberry flavors on the palate; crisp and rewarding in the finish. (Best Served: Marketplace arrival to three years)”
89 POINTS! WINE ADVOCATE/ROBERT PARKER Blended of 68% Pinot Noir, 26% Chardonnay and 6% Pinot Meunier, the NV Jansz Non Vintage Rose, has a very pale salmon-pink color and expressive notes of fresh strawberries, peach blossoms, golden delicious apple and a whiff of crushed biscuits. The bubbles are fine and long-lasting while the palate offers good balance with high acidity off-set by judicious dosage (10.1 grams per liter of residual sugar) equating to a brut style with a long peaches and cream laced finish.
Esk Valley, Gimblett Gravels; Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec (New Zealand)
Esk Valley Estate Gimblett Gravels Merlot / Cabernet Sauvignon / Malbec is made from a blend of grapes grown in the Gimblett Gravels sub region of Hawkes Bay. These free draining shingle soils have excellent drainage and low vigour. Esk’s vineyard sites are close planted and yields per vine are kept low to maximise fruit quality. 44% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Malbec and 4% Cabernet Franc (not mentioned on the label).The different grape varieties are vinified and aged separately. The components are aged for 12 months in French oak barriques, 25% new, prior to being blended and bottled.
The individual vineyard parcels are de-stemmed to our fermenters and inoculated with selected yeast strains. Once active, the ferments are hand plunged to gently extract all available tannin and colour from the skins. After a period on skins, the wines are pressed to barrel and tank for malolactic fermentation. The individual varietal and vineyard parcels are aged separately in barrel for 12 months before being bottled.
This is a full bodied and rich Hawkes Bay blend, densely coloured and exhibiting a bouquet of plums, red fruits, dried herbs and hints of oak. The palate is soft and generous in nature, making it easy to enjoy as a young wine; however well ripened tannins suggest it has the potential to age exceptionally well.
Situated in the north of New Zealand’s picturesque Hawkes Bay, at Bay View is the Esk Valley Estate winery.
The winery sources fruit from Hawkes Bay, including the world-renowned Gimblett Gravels and Marlborough, as both regions consistently produce grapes of an extremely high quality.
Esk Valley is a boutique winery, but it is unique in that many of the techniques used to craft its award-winning wines are dictated by the winery itself. The old concrete vats, the layout of the buildings, and the absence of modern technology mean the people at Esk Valley have had to make wine in a simple, honest, hands-on way.
90 POINTS! DECANTER-Gimblett Gravels is renowned for the quality of its Bordeaux blends. This example shows the typical freshness of the region, with a mint, black fruit and dried herb nose. The elegant palate combines smooth, intense dark fruits with a refreshing acidity.
Kanonkop Pinotage (South Africa)
Crafted from pioneering Pinotage producer, Kanonkop, this benchmark bottling is a true classic! Alluringly complex and distinctive, it boasts juicy layers of dark berries, cassis and plum intertwined with hints of banana and mocha with a smoky, minerally undercurrent.
Blend: 100% Pinotage
Kanonkop Estate is situated on the lower slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain in the Stellenbosch Region of the Cape and confidently boasts with some of South Africa’s most premium wines.
Kanonkop is a fourth generation family estate, which was originally purchased by JW Sauer, a cabinet member in the parliament of the Union of South Africa. This estate has since then been handed down from father to son for over 40 years and is now in the talented, capable hands of its current owners Paul & Johann Krige.
Kanonkop is renowned for its red wines, with Pinotage making up 50% of all plantings, Cabernet Sauvignon 35%, Merlot 7.5% and Cabernet franc the rest. Our Pinotage vines have been retained as bush vines to provide optimum sunlight, which allows for maximum ripeness. These vines were some of the first commercially planted Pinotage to be established in the Cape and most are over 50 years old.
Hardly any irrigation is needed due to our ideal soil type and location.
Optimum ripeness plays a major role in producing good red wine and on the estate a careful check is done to ensure that the grapes are picked at perfection.
Winemaking at Kanonkop
Winemaking at Kanonkop follows the age-old tradition of being made in open concrete fermenters, but with a slight difference, the tanks are wide and shallow, rather high and deep. This ensures maximum skin contact. Only French Nevers barrels are used for breeding, with the exception of a few experimental barrels each year.
All cellaring, bottling and labelling is done on Kanonkop.
91 POINTS! Wine Spectator – “This has a lovely dark currant, warmed plum and steeped blueberry core, inlaid with cocoa and melted black licorice. Everything flows through the rich, velvety finish, with a note of black tea weaving in.
91 POINTS!- Vinous / Antonio Galloni – “Dark, saturated ruby. Aromas of blueberry, violet, licorice and cedar. Lovely penetration to the clean, dark flavors of cassis and bitter chocolate. Shows none of the burnt rubber or woodsmoke elements that still plague some examples of Pinotage. Finishes firmly tannic and backward but without any hardness. This wine’s structure and compelling sugar/acid balanace should ensure a long and graceful evolution in bottle.
CARMENÈRE GRAN RESERVA, ALCANCE (CHILE)
Carmenère, the obscure Bordeaux variety once believed extinct, has become Chile’s signature grape. Alcance Carmenère comes from our estate vineyards in Maule. Lush notes of black fruits, blueberries, and spice are abundant in the nose and follow through the fruity, spicy palate. Elegant tannins provide structure and elegance.
Alcance is built around estate-based vineyards that produce wines with all the depth, character, and complexity of many of the world’s nest. With soils ranging from the red granitic soil of the southern coastal mountain range to the gravel rocky loamy soil on the bench of the Lircay river in the foothills of the Andes, our goal is to cra wines that truly re ect our unique terroir and sense of place.
Carmenère shows a remarkable maturity. Lush notes of black fruits, blueberries, and spice are abundant in the nose and follow through the fruity, spicy palate. Elegant tannins provide structure and elegance. is is a powerful wine with a beautiful personality whose rich avors truly capture the essence of the vineyard.
93 POINTS! Wine & Spirits – “From ten-year-old vines planted in the granitic soils of the San Francisco Vineyard, this carmenère balances its scents of herbs and spices with an extra degree of acidity that makes it so drinkable, and perfect for lamb chops. The tight, pleasantly rustic tannins will do the rest.
92 POINTS! Wine Enthusiast – “A magenta color and ripe grapy aromas of black fruits accented by spice and olive open this plump wide-bodied Carmenere. Spicy black cherry and blackberry flavors are stout and rock solid on an unwaverwing finish. Editors’ Choice.
Finca La Linda, Bodega Luigi Bosca · Torrontés (Argentina)
With deep historical roots in Argentina’s Mendoza wine region, Bodega Luigi Bosca has a longstanding commitment to innovation and quality. Founded in 1901 by Don Leoncio Arizu, Bodega Luigi Bosca is the country’s oldest family-owned winery. Today, Alberto Jr. and Alberto Sr., who represent the third and fourth generations of the Arizu family, jointly manage this venerable enterprise.
With wide temperature swings between cold nights and hot days, the Arizu family have come to appreciate that Mendoza’s desert climate and terroir offer unique benefits to the wines they produce: it amplifies the aromatics and color and keeps the acidity balanced, while the alluvial deposits in the soil add minerality and depth.
Torrontes is a name rapidly becoming synonymous with the white wines of Argentina. La Linda Torrontés is a clear yellow white with an expressive nose of floral and tropical fruit aromas, with some grapefruit notes. Entrance in the mouth is sweet and flowery, with white peach flavors and a touch of orange peel jam. Delightfully fresh, fruity and very smooth.