Wine of the Month: Love Chew

Introducing February’s wine of the month, the appropriately named Love Chew from Nouveau Wine.

Mild, juicy and excellent for chilling (we find it irresistible served straight from the fridge), Love Chew is comprised of 100% Cinsault, and is a mix of previous block vines in addition to youthful vines. It’s fermented in stainless-steel to present freshness and undergoes a course of known as Carbonic Maceration which supplies its signature flavour of boiled sweets (we promise, it tastes wonderful). Alongside this, it options pink fruits reminiscent of strawberry, raspberry and a bitter cranberry word. It has mild tannin however is easy on the palate and an total easy-drinker.  

Made utilizing low-innervation farming, this implies hand-harvested grapes, sustainable farming practices and spontaneous fermentation – Nouveau go away the wild yeasts that exist already on the grapes and within the vineyard work their magic.

With flavours of pink berries, candied sweets and saline, we love this vegan wine served chilled from the fridge.  

To have a good time we spoke to the pinnacle Nouveau Wine winemaker in South Africa to seek out out extra about how this recent pink wine is produced.

What does a winemaker do?

A winemaker merely guides the product to its last vacation spot. We wish to make one thing distinctive and have individuals expertise what you have got skilled through the rising of the grapes and the making of the wine – all these flavours that you just get for if you open up a bottle of wine.

What’s low-intervention winemaking?

Low-intervention winemaking is the place the winemaker doesn’t do an excessive amount of to the wine, they merely make it possible for every part runs easily however doesn’t intrude. There are not any further components added to the wine and the naked minimal quantity of sulphites or none in any respect. There’s no filtration – you do not take something out of the wine that is not imagined to be there.

What winery practices makes Love Chew ‘low-intervention’?

An vital low-intervention winery follow is just not utilizing systemic chemical compounds to deal with the winery. We’re extra centered on rising wholesome vines as a substitute of treating the signs of illness and pests so we focus loads on soil well being. You probably have wholesome soil you have got wholesome vines and in case you have wholesome vines, you have got wholesome grapes.

Why does Nouveau Wine select to make use of Previous Vines?

Utilizing previous vines offers you grapes with a greater high quality, so due to this fact a greater testing wine. 

How previous are the Previous Vines?

An Previous Vine in South Africa needs to be a minimal of 35 years previous. Within the trade, it was once commonplace to tug out older vines and begin new however the ‘Previous Vine Undertaking’ which began a couple of decade in the past, goals to protect these older vines.

What affect does the age of the vines have on the wine?

The age of the vine has an enormous affect on the standard of the wine. When a vine is younger it tends to be fairly vigorous. Because it grows older it reduces its yield and the grapes on the vine get much more concentrated. This makes a superior high quality grape which is then mirrored within the wine.

What’s ‘carbonic maceration’ and what impact does this have on the wine?

Carbonic maceration is the place the fermentation of the berry occurs inside itself as a result of surroundings within the tank. CO2 is added however the grapes aren’t crushed so the grapes grow to be little tanks of their very own.

It will increase the fruit profile within the wine which makes provides flavours of pink and blackberry to the wine. It additionally decreases the tannin extraction of the wine since you do not break the pores and skin cells of the grape. 

What’s one of the simplest ways to serve Love Chew? How chilly ought to or not it’s?

Serving Love Chew chilled helps to extend the expression of the recent fruit flavours within the wine. 

What do you get if you scent Love Chew?

I choose up so many pink berries – cranberries come first to thoughts but additionally forest-floor berries, blackberries…It is like a bowl of juicy berries!

What do you get if you style Love Chew?

Let’s discuss in regards to the color first – as you’ll see it’s a flippantly colored wine which displays its lighter, elegant construction and easy tannin on the palette. You then’ve acquired the continuation of these juicy berry fruits in addition to a boiled candy/candied high quality from the carbonic maceration course of.

Questioning the way to get pleasure from tour new favorite wine? Love Chew pairs rather well with…

Fable Pink Miso & Soy Beef Stir Fry
Belazu Rose Harissa Paste
I’m Nut Okay – Black Truffle Nerominded
Torres Vegetable Crisps

Strive Love Chew right here now and look at the total Nouveau Wine vary right here.