Carry On Carignan

Carry On Carignan

After a long and fruitful history, Carignan seemed to have passed its peak in the 20th century, but thanks to some dedicated winemakers, its true potential is being explored once again. In honour of International Carignan Day on 28th October this year, we take a look at why you should revisit this hidden gem. 

A New World Of Shiraz

A New World Of Shiraz

International Shiraz Day is here on the 22nd July, so we're taking the opportunity to explore this versatile and hardy grape. Shiraz is also known as Syrah, and although this can seem confusing, it often indicates a distinct difference in cooler climate Old World for Syrah, and warmer climate New World for Shiraz. So let's take a look at what this means now, and profile some New World favourites. 
Franschhoek Valley - South Africa's French Corner

Franschhoek Valley - South Africa's French Corner

Franschhoek Valley literally translates as 'French Corner' and thrives on its history of French influenced viticulture. Lined with wine estates, it is proud to be a haven for wine tourism in the Paarl region of South Africa. We take a look at what makes this area so special with new ranges of the best wines to match.
The Secrets of Cinsault

The Secrets of Cinsault

Cinsault is a grape originally from the south of France that was traditionally a key component of red blends in the Rhone Valley and Languedoc-Roussillon. Plantings in France have declined over time, but it remains a key ingredient for many Provence and Provence-style rose wines, as well creating some beautiful varietal wines in the New World and helping provide those famed aromatic and fruity notes for French-style red blends in the warmer climes of North Africa. We explore this aromatic grape. 
Cabernet Sauvignon-Turton Wines

Cabernet Sauvignon

The Cabernet Sauvignon grape is the most popular for wine making in the world. Thought to be a natural hybrid of the robust Cabernet Franc red grape and the versatile Sauvignon Blanc white grape, it can be grown in a variety of climates, although it prefers warmer climes. 
Sumptuous Shiraz

Sumptuous Shiraz

SHIRAZ, also known as SYRAH, is a black grape born 2000 years ago in the French Rhone Valley. It become beloved for winemaking due to its resistance to disease, full body, fruity complexity, spice and high tannins making it suitable for long ageing, generally suiting 5-9 years with premium wines gaining complexity for up to 25 years.