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. 
A Taste of Spain-Turton Wines

A Taste of Spain

One of two of the highest premium wine regions in the whole of Spain, Priorat is a small and tightly defined area of viticulture with a history of winemaking stretching back to monasteries in the 12th Century. Its regard is mainly due to the full bodied and concentrated red wines produced, mainly from old vine Garnacha and Carinena (aka Carignan). 
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.