TWC's Fall Collection
Case of 6 bottles.
Around this time of year, everyone is releasing their Fall Collections. Fashions designed for when the temperatures start to cool, and there's a need for layers. So we decided to do the same, but with wine.
This mixed case of six different wines, features wines that are well-suited for the Fall, and offer many layers of aroma, flavour, and texture. And like all our mixed cases, they are all well-made wines, made by real people (but not fashion designers), that are sure to impress.
If you like them, they are also available to purchase by-the-case through this Web site.
Wine #1 Latido, 2021 Garnacha Rosé (Navarra Province, Spain)
There was a time that no-one wore white after Labour Day. But that has changed. Just as rosé is no longer a wine just for the summer months. This dry rosé is definitely a wine that is stylish throughout the year, and should be in everyone's cellar.
Made from 100% Garnacha (Grenache) grapes, from 30+ year old vines, grown on hillside slopes in Spain's Navarra Province. Only a few hours skin contact to extract colour and flavour, then the juice is pressed off to begin fermentation in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. Alc./vol.: 13.5%.
Our Tasting note: Bright rose pink colour. Aromas and flavours of fresh red fruits - cherry, strawberry, and raspberry - with floral notes. Medium-bodied, dry, well balanced, dry, with good acidity and a long, finish.
Pairings: A great aperitif wine, and will pair with charcuterie, burgers, pizza, pasta and rice dishes, grilled white meats (eg Thanksgiving Dinner), and seafood. So versatile - like the little black dress.
Wine #2 Borgo Molino, 2020 Pinot Grigio Igt "Gondola" (Veneto, Italy)
Pinot Grigio just never goes out of style. It's such a versatile white wine and works with every occasion.
Made from 100% Pinot Grigio grapes, harvested from low-yield vineyards in the Veneto and Frìuli Venezia Giulia, ranging from 30-120 mt above sea level. Following destemming and soft crushing, fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled (16º - 18º celsius), stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for two months, on the fine lees, with frequent battonage (stirring of the lees). 12.5% alc./vol.; RS <4 gr./L.
Our tasting note: Bright, straw-yellow colour, with golden tinges. Fresh aromas and flavours of stone fruits - white peach and apricot - pear, and warm citrus, with slight herbal/floral notes. Dry, light- to medium-bodied, with fresh fruit acidity, good structure, and a lingering, clean finish.
Pairings: Easy to drink on its own. Pair with fish dishes, shellfish, white meats, vegetarian dishes and fresh or medium-age cheeses.
Wine #3 Bodegas Tajinaste, 2021 Paisaje de Las Islas Blanco (Canary islands, Spain)
To add a little class to this pack, we've included a bottle of the elegant Paisaje de Las Islas. It even sounds elegant. But when you take a sip you'll know what we mean - silky and smooth, and just a touch rugged, just like James Bond in a tuxedo.
Translated, the name refers to the “landscape of the islands”. As a wine it represents the terroirs and grapes of the Canaries.
It is made of equal parts Marmajuelo (pronounced mar-ma-hwey-ho) and Malvasia Aromática, hand-harvested from hillside vineyards (with volcanic soils) at a height of 250-500 metres above sea level. Vinification is in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, and then 50% of the wine is aged for 5 months in new French-oak barrels. 13.7% alc./vol.
Marmajuelo is found mainly on the islands of Tenerife and el Heirro, and is a one of the first to be harvested (usually in August). It typically shows tropical aromas and flavours with herbal/mineral notes. Malvasía is not unique to the Canaries, but local versions contribute essential aromatics in blends. In particular floral aromatics (eg. rose) and citrus (grapefruit and orange).
Our Tasting Note: Bright, straw yellow colour. Tropical aromatics reminiscent of warm pineapple, mango, apricot, and orange citrus with toffee, herb (fennel), and mineral notes. Medium-bodied, crisp acidity, and dry, with a rich and elegant finish. You can decant this wine, and it would cellar well for 5-8 more years.
Pairings: This wine has great gastronomic potential, and will stand out at the meal. It will work with seafood and shellfish, pasta with creamy sauces, Sushi, white meats, and Asian cuisine. Pair with a cheese platter, and save some for dessert.
Wine #4 Marta + Maté, 2020 El Holgazán (Ribera del Duero, Spain)
Every Fall Collection features something ecological, representing an ethos of sustainability and respect for the environment. El Holgazán, and the other wines from Marta + Maté are all that, in wine.
Made from 100% Tinto Fino (Tempranillo) grapes, hand-harvested from a special plot of ~25 year old vines called “El holgazán” (the layabout). The vineyard is planted at ~900 metres altitude on clay/limestone soils, and is managed according to the principles of sustainability. The juice is kept on the skins for about 8 days, then after fermentation is complete (using indigenous yeasts) the wine is aged for ~7 months in 300L French oak barrels and then 6 months in concrete tanks. Only about 25,500 bottles produced. 14% alc./vol.
Our Tasting Note: Deep cherry, with purple tinges. Intense aromas and flavours of red and black fruits - cherry, blackberry, raspberry - with notes of liquorice, toffee, and vanilla spice. Medium-bodied, with pleasing tannins and a long fresh/sweet finish.
Pairings: A wine for food, and works well with meat dishes (grilled), tapas (Iberian ham), and rice dishes with poultry, or even seafood.
Wine #5 Olivastri Tommaso, 2017 Montepulciano di Abruzzo "La Grondaia" (Abruzzo, Italy)
Abruzzo has always been in the shadow of Italy's more famous regions like Tuscany and Barolo. Wines considered more for everyday consumption, and not taken seriously. But that's about to change, or is changing, and the wines of Olivastri Tommaso are leading that change.
Made from 100% Montepulciano (pronounced mon-tay-pul-chee-ano) grapes - the standard-bearing red wine grape of Abruzzo - hand-harvested from low-yield vineyards on the Marcantonio estate planted 127 metres a.s.l.. With the Adriatic Sea to the east, and protected by the Majella mountain to the west, these vineyards ripen under the dry sun of the hills.
Traditional red wine vinification - following crushing and destemming, the grapes are kept on the skins for 15-20 days to extract colour and flavour. A soft pressing follows, and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks. The wine is aged in stainless-steel tanks for 36 months, and rests in bottle for six more months. Alc./Vol. 13.9% R.S. <3.0 gr/L.
Our tasting note: Deep ruby red colour with purple tinges. Complex aromas and flavours of cherry and plum with spicy notes of pepper, licorice, and dried herbs. Dry, medium- to full-bodied, balanced tannins, good acidity, and an elegant finish.
Pairings: Pair with grilled/roast meats (beef, lamb, veal, pork), pasta with ragù, spicy/earthy vegetarian dishes, and aged cheeses. Definitely a wine you can pop in the cellar in a few years, and show people you were ahead of the fashion trends when you bring it out.
Wine #6 Fattoria La Lecciaia, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Toscana Igt (Tuscany, Italy)
Cabernet Sauvignon has long been in fashion. Mainly versions from Napa or Bordeaux, but increasingly from other parts of the world too. And what is more in fashion right now than Tuscany, one of the top travel destinations in Italy?
Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes sourced from estate vineyards in Montecucco (Grosetto Province). The soils are light and well-draining, and the planting density is medium using traditional Cordon trellising. The grapes were hand-harvested in late September, early October, when the reached peak ripeness and maturity. Also one of the best times of the year to visit Tuscany.
Vinification was in temperature-controlled, stainless-steel tanks, then aged for 18 months in a mix of Slavonian oak casks and barrique. 13.5% alc./vol., less than 1 gr/L RS.
Our Tasting Note: Ruby garnet red in colour, with a slight purple rim. Classic, earthy aromas of wild berries, cherry, and blackcurrant , with notes of dried herbs, baking spices, and liquorice. Medium- to full-bodied, and rich on the palate. Firm tannins and a long finish. It may need a few minutes to open up.
2016 was an outstanding vintage in Tuscany, and this wine will definitely do well after a few more years in the cellar. And don't worry, people will still be drinking Cabernet Sauvignon in a few years - it will never fall out of fashion.
Pairings: Complements fuller-bodied foods like steak, braised meat dishes, and game. Also, a well-made charcuterie board is just the right accessory for this wine