Aurelia Rosé, IGP Aude, 2020
Delicately pink with aromas of redcurrants and citrus. Bone dry with mouthwatering, rich red fruit flavours. A versatile rosé which can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or with salads, smoked fish and young cheeses.
Remove the transparent capsule and open the glass cork by pushing upwards with your thumbs. Enjoy chilled.
Grapes: 80% Carignan, 20% Grenache
The grapes were hand-picked in the cool of the morning on 29th August 2020 before being destemmed, crushed and lightly pressed to liberate the pure grape juice. The juice was settled for 48 hours at 9°C before being racked and inoculated with selected yeast and fermented at 17°C for 3 weeks until dry. The wine was aged on the yeast lees for 6 months before filtering and bottling in April 2021.
La Tasque Appia Syrah-Carignan 2018, Vin de France
A smooth, rich red, full of fresh, vibrant flavours of forest fruit and wild herbs. A versatile wine, it can be enjoyed with pizza, charcuterie and hard cheeses.
Drink now – 2024
69% Syrah, 22% Carignan, 9% Grenache
The grapes are sourced from 3 different vineyards in Bize-Minervois and Mailhac. Harvested by hand, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented for between 2 and 3 weeks with gentle pumping over and punching down to extract colour and flavour. 5% of the wine was aged in 2 year old oak barrels for 14 months.
Bottled with a cork made from sustainable sugar cane. https://www.vinventions.com/en-gb/nomacorc
Syrah, Le Safran, IGP Aude, 2015 – silver medal (Lyon)
A full bodied, exceptionally deep coloured wine with aromas of blackcurrants, blueberries and bayleaf. Dense, silky, dark fruit flavours are balanced by grainy tannins and a hint of dark chocolate and wild herbs. Drinking well now until 2025. Enjoy with roast lamb with rosemary, grilled aubergine, hard cheese such as Cheddar or Comté.
Ideally, decant 2 hours before drinking or swirl in a large glass to let the flavours unfurl.
100% Syrah from 20 year old vines
The grapes were harvested by hand on 15th September 2015. They were destemmed but not crushed and the whole berries underwent a long, gentle fermentation with occasional pumpovers and one rack and return to extract flavour and tannins. 20% was aged in 2 year old oak barrels before bottling in February 2017.
‘Le Safran’ refers to the saffron crocus planted beside the Syrah vineyard which were dug up by hungry wild boar in 2015!
Domaine La Tasque Carignan, 2015
A full bodied yet fresh wine with smoky aromas mingling with blackberries and black cherries. Flavours of hedgerow fruit are balanced by smooth tannins with a long, savoury finish. Drink now to 2025. Delicious with game – roast pheasant or pigeon tagine. Wild mushroom risotto
Serving: ideally decant 2 hours before drinking or swirl in a large glass to let the flavours unfurl.
100% Carignan from 60 year old bush vines
The grapes were harvested by hand on 21st September 2015. They were destemmed and the whole berries were fermented in a wooden tank for 4 weeks with hand punching to extract flavour. 20% was aged in 2 year old oak barrels before bottling in February 2017.
La Tasque Carignan-Grenache, IGP Aude, 2017
Exuberantly fruity aromas of black cherries and black olive. Full-bodied with voluptuous flavours of cherries, plums and licquorice balanced by velvety tannins. Drink now – 2025.
Enjoy with grilled duck breast with cherries, pasta puttanesca. Also good with dark chocolate.
Serving: Decant an hour in advance or swirl in a large glass to let the flavours unfurl.
57% Carignan, 34% Grenache, 9% Syrah
The grapes were hand harvested on the 20th and 26th September into 15kg boxes. They were de-stemmed and crushed and fermented in small, open topped fermenters. Extraction was achieved by punching down twice a day in the early stages of fermentation and then macerating on skins until pressing on the 9th October. 15% of the wine was matured in three year old barriques for 12 months before blending and bottling in April 2019. Fined with egg white.
2017 was a challenging vintage. Disaster struck on the 20th April when there was a severe frost and we lost almost all our crop. We contemplated not making a wine at all but a chance conversation with our neighbour, whose vines were unaffected, led us to buying some of his Carignan grapes. Another neighbour, whose Grenache vines were partially frosted, offered us the remaining grapes from his vineyard. So thanks to the kindness of our neighbours, we made one wine in 2017. In fact, we liked the Carignan so much we now farm the vineyard