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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
"2007 is our best vintage yet! The crop was very low and a cool August allowed a slow ripening of the grapes in perfect healthy conditions. Those two factors are producing some of the most aromatic, fruit forward wines I have seen in years." - Xavier Roger, Tortoise Creek
A well-balanced Shiraz displaying a deep purple-red color. Blueberries and cherries can be found on the nose with a full, round palate and a peppery finish. Enjoy with barbecued chicken, ribs, stews, red meats and hard cheeses.
The grapes were grown at the estates of Domaine Castan in Cazouls les Béziers and Domaine Clotte Fontane in Salinelles, both located in Gard.
"The 2007 Shiraz (contrary to what the spelling of that name might lead you to expect) is sourced from Saint-Chinian in the Languedoc. Its nose features black cherry jam, along with faint suggestions of smoke and crushed stone often associated with this region. Soft in texture, its pure simplicity of lightly-cooked black fruit suggests a hint of sweetness." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Tortoise Creek wines come from the southern French area known as the Languedoc. For many years, the region was mainly known as a producer of good vin ordinaire due to the remarkable weather conditions and vast array of quality growing areas. But, as the average wine-drinking consumer began to look for more then vin ordinaire, many wine makers in the region reacted and employed...Read More About Tortoise Creek
For being in a country that is known for wine regulations, the Languedoc enjoys a great amount of freedom in its winemaking. With over 700,000 acres under vine, some of the most exciting and best value wines of are coming from this enormous and diverse wine region. Some refer to it as the new world of France. The region stretches along the land...Read More About Languedoc-Roussillon
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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