Cereza is today recognised as an Argentine white wine grape varietal, and Like Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris, Cereza has a pink skin colour. Though it is indigenous to Spain - where it is a natural crossing of Muscat of Alexandria and Listán Negro. Cereza is Spanish for ‘cherry’.
Research and documentation makes ampelographers believe that the grape was likely introduced to Argentina by early Spanish settlers. By the mid to late 20th century, Cereza, (also locally known as Ceresina, and Chereza) accounted for more than a third of all grapevines planted in South America. High yields and prolific nature of the varietal contributed to its appeal and planting with around 40,000 hectares planted by the 1980s.
I recently tasted the following selection of ‘Estate’ wines filled with character - each crafted to be an ideal summer pairing with; shellfish, seafood, bbq’d meats, tapas’ and vegetarian cuisine. Founded in 1937 - 'Hawke’s Bay’s Oldest Boutique Winery' in 2017 is celebrating 80 years. All of these wines are ready to be shared and enjoyed over the summer months.
‘Ohiti Estate’ Sauvignon Blanc 2015 + ‘Maverick’ Rosé 2016.
‘Bergman’ Chardonnay 2015 + ‘Burnfoot’ Merlot 2014.
‘Back Block’ Syrah 2015 + ‘Ohiti Estate’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015.
Wine always tastes better when served from the right glass and at the ideal temperature.
Growing Region: Epernay, France
Chef de Cave:: Dominique Petit
The relationship between Champagne Pol Roger and Sir Winston Churchill dates back to a luncheon given by the British Ambassador to France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. At which was served the stunning 1928 vintage Pol Roger. Also attending was Odette Pol-Roger, with whom they had an instant rapport. A friendship of families which continued until Churchill’s death in 1965; and which is still as strong to this day.
Trollinger is an Italian / German red wine grape varietal which is thought to have been first cultivated in the wine region of South Tyrol and Trentino, Italy. But today is almost exclusively cultivated on steep, warm sites in the Württemberg wine region of Baden-Württemberg in Germany. It is primarily known under the synonyms Trollinger in Germany, ‘Vernatsch’ and ‘Schiava’ in Italian wine regions.
As a table grape the varietal is sometimes known as Black Hamburg, which is regularly confused with the Black Muscat, a varietal which is actually a cross of Trollinger and Muscat of Alexandria. While the grape is likely northern Italian in origin, the synonym Schiava is related to the Italian word for ‘Slave’ and may hint at Slavic origins.