Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Chardonnay is ripe, bathed in sunlight. Bristling with stone fruits, vanilla, toffee, apples. The palate is silky smooth, hinting at oak. There is still a line of soft acid that ties the wine together so it’s not just a liquid crème brûlée. This is great for young drinking. Pair Pepe’s Beret Vin de Pays Chardonnay with roast chicken.
Pepe’s Beret is a label from famous Bordeaux importer Daniel Airoldi. He has created a stable of wines from Southern France that are fun, approachable, and blended with an Australian palate in mind. Although they do remain firmly French in their outlook. The label pays tribute to his great Grandfather.
Vin de Pays
This is a step above Vin de Table. It has more restrictions and also allows growers to indicate where in France the wine is grown. There are some great wines label as Vin de Pays but they are few and far between. Mostly they are simple, easy-drinking wines for every day.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on the terroir and/or winemaker influence. The Syrah-based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.