Paradise Rescued is quite a story. An English born, Australian resident who bought a holiday house in the village of Cardan, Bordeaux. Then bought a vineyard to make sure that the urban sprawl didn’t consume his piece of paradise. After that, he set about making the best wine that his tiny patch of vines could offer. Using organics and a small but passionate team the vision is all coming together.
2010 is the first commercial release. 2010 is a cracking vintage. The wine tastes of black and red currants, pepper and a lick of oak. It is mid-weight, elegant and long finishing. The tannins have soften and the acid is perfectly balanced to the weight. It is ready to drink right now and just needs some roast lamb.
Situated near the Atlantic coast of France and is shaped by the Gironde, Dordogne and Garonne rivers. Cool conditions and frequent rainfall, including during harvest time, makes Bordeaux quite a marginal region with vintages frequently ruined by rain or saved from the rain at the last minute by timely sunshine.
This appellation actually covers the same land area as Bordeaux AOC. It adds some stricter regulations about topics such as vine density, yields, aging, and alcohol. It implies that it comes from a single parcel and often mature vines.
Is actually one of the parents of Cabernet Sauvignon… along with Sauvignon Blanc (oh! The name makes sense now!). It is most famous for being the third most important grape in quality Bordeaux but also excels in the Loire Valley (where it lived before it went to Bordeaux), especially Chinon and Saumur. The wines are bright red in colour, highlight aromatic with raspberries, rose petals, violets along with tobacco, cassis and some herbal elements. The best examples can live as long as any great wine.