Rasteau Château De La Gardine
Chateau De La Gardine Rasteau has a beautiful deep garnet colour with purple hues. Notes of blackcurrant, violets, blackberry and liquorice on the nose, with aromas of prunes, dates and leather developing with age. The palate is juicy, generous and framed by elegant and tight tannins. Over time, more complex aromas of cherry clafoutis and kirsch reveal themselves.
Region: Rhône Valley
Grape Variety: Grenache/Garnacha, Syrah/Shiraz
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Juicy and generous
Drink With: Lamb and game dishes or a hearty beef casserole
Château De La Gardine's Rasteau is grown in vineyards with three different soil types, each providing the wine with distinctive characters. The vines range from 40-60 years old and grow on the lower slope on Mont Ventoux where the slightly higher altitude preserves a freshness in the wine. The grapes were hand harvested, sorted and fully destemmed. They were co-fermented before being aged in a mixture of cement and stainless steel vats.
Why we like this wine
The first thing to say is the wine has great depth of flavour but retains great freshness on the palate enhancing its appeal to the drinker. Because of this freshness the power fo the wine doesn't over-face the palate. The tannins are light and elegant allowing the wine to be drunk a little cooler in the summer, around 15 degrees C. It's great to drink now but has a good 5 or 6 years of life ahead of it.
- A great all-rounder for red meats
- Bold yet fresh
- Good to go or good to keep