Brand: 19 Crimes is a brand of Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine giant with an international portfolio of over 80 brands of wine, including Rosemount Estate, Penfolds, Beringer, and Stags Leap. Recently 19 Crimes was named ‘Wine Brand of the Year’ by leading US wine industry title Market Watch.
The various wines of 19 Crimes take inspiration from the list of 19 Crimes that were drawn up to assist the overcrowded British prison system and send felons to Australia beginning in 1788. With real mug shots being used on the labels, the wine “celebrates the rules they broke and the culture they built”. ‘The Uprising’ pays homage to Australia’s “Rum Rebellion” where soldiers and citizens united together to overthrow the government. A portion of the wine was aged for 30 days in rum barrels.
Tasting Notes: Inky red-violet in colour with aromas of jammy, dark fruit and cigar box spice. Concentrated blueberry, black cherry, raspberry and black pepper flavours are wrapped in velvety tannins. S’mores like finish, with chocolate, graham cracker and marshmallow smothered in black cherry sauce. Not for the faint of heart [don’t’ forget about the 15% alcohol!] an intense dessert in a glass.
50% Shiraz, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Grenache
Produced and Bottled by 19 Crimes
Estate: Gérard Bertrand grew up assisting his father on the family’s estate in the sub-appellation of Corbiѐres in the Languedoc Roussillon. He took over the domaine upon his father’s death in 1987, and today presides over nearly 1000 acres of vineyards across the varying Languedoc Roussillon terroirs. He also heads a négociant business that partners with local growers and co-ops. A well-known proponent of sustainable farming, he is one of the largest producers of organic wine in Southern France. His flagship estate Château l’Hospitalet is carbon neutral, and many of his vineyards follow biodynamic practices and are certified by DEMETER. In addition to being recognized for his fantastic wines at excellent prices, Wine Enthusiast bestowed him with the European Winery of the Year award in 2011, stating “He fully understands the movement toward expressive, well-balanced and elegant wines that remain accessible and affordable.”
Winemaking: Grapes were sourced from vineyards located in the Tautavel area, between the Mediterranean Sea and Pyrenees mountains, 30 km north to Perpignan in the South of France area. Aged on the lees for several weeks before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Palest coral in colour with aromas of red berries, peach, a twist of lemon and clean minerality. Subtle red berry fruit fuses with fresh citrus acidity. Fruit and mineral notes linger on the dry finish. Refreshing and delicate, great on its own or with light, yet spiced dishes.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Ideal as an aperitif, or with Mediterranean salads, Asian dishes [especially spicy ones] and seafood.
Enjoy at 10-12°C [50-54°F]
Grenache Gris and Grenache Noir [I could not locate varietal percentages.]
Shipped and Bottled by Gérard Bertrand
Winery: Alberto Orte and Patrick Mata founded Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico in 2002 with the goal of preserving and uniting the extensive winemaking heritage of their two families. Currently they produce wine from 18 different appellations within Spain.
Philosophy: To “handcraft “elaborar” wines that express the identity of the place where they come from”.
Winemaking: The grapes were sourced from organically grown, dry-farmed vineyards with clay soil. Aged in stainless steel and cement, preserving fruit purity.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of cherry, white pepper along with a floral trace. Cherry, plum, red currant, a hint of liqurice, and earth culminate in a super spicy, dry finish. Simple and pleasant, versatile at the table, consistently a fantastic value.
Vinos de Madrid
Bottled by Bottled by N.R.E. 28/40.527 for Cia de Vinos del Atlantico
Estate: The Botter family has been producing wines under environmentally friendly practices since 1928. Today, the company is managed by the family’s third generation and specializes in wines of the Veneto region of northern Italy. With its association with fairs, the carousel has been the symbol of the Botter family for centuries. The name La Fiera, translates to “The Fair” and refers to the medieval riding fairs in northern Italy. Fairs took place in royal courts and featured lavishly decorated horses and highly skilled riders performing synchronized formations. The carousal with its wooden horses on a rotating platform was developed to replicate the riders at these fairs.
Tasting Notes: Red violet in colour, wonderfully aromatic with notes of blueberry, raspberry and cigar box spice. Jammy black cherry and blueberry are complimented by earth, pepper spice and a trace of summer woods. Silky tannins fuse with mocha and caramel on the plush, fruity finish. Tasty on its own, a fantastic pairing with pizza and pastas. [It was lovely with eggplant parmigiana.]
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Pizza, rich pastas, firm cheeses, stews, burgers.
Enjoy at 65°F [18°C]
Bottled by Casa Vinicola Botter Carlo & C. S.P.A.
$9 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019
Brand: Vrac translates to “bulk” or “loose”, whilst ‘En Vrac’ translates to “bring your own bottle”. These phrases refer to the French practice of locals filling their own vessels with wine directly from the winery’s tanks. The producer intended to reflect that custom with VRAC, and crafted a simple, French countryside jug-style wine.
Winemaking: 90% of the fruit is de-stemmed, with the remaining 10% left as whole clusters. Fermentation occurs in open concrete and stainless steel vats. After pressing, the wine is aged in steel tanks.
Tasting Notes: Inky red violet in colour with aromas of fresh, juicy berries, earth and a floral hint. Plush blackberry, raspberry, black pepper and smoky earth are backed by food friendly acidity. Finishing dry and fruity. Straightforward, a great fusion of jammy berries and earth. Consistently a fantastic value.
Red Rhône blend [I could not verify varietal percentages, typically Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.]
Estate Bottled by La S.C.A. V.E.A.
$20 [3L box equivalent to 4 750ML bottles]