Decanter’s orange wine tasting: the top 24

news  %tages Decanter’s orange wine tasting: the top 24It’s the new colour on the wine spectrum, colorless wine made as if it were a red. Simon Woolf debunks the myths in the rear this centuries-ancient style of vinification and joins a landmark Decanter tasting to reveal the top 24 wines you should try.Orange wine is the most characterful, thrilling and food-friendly styles on our shelves today, with their deep hues, intense aromas and complex flavours. So say the converts. The counter payment is robust: orange is the emperor’s new clothes, beloved only of trendy sommeliers and hipsters who forgive their oxidised, faulty nature. The wines are unpalatable curiosities that no right-thought wine consumer would ever choose to drink for pleasure.
What exactly is an orange wine? The term is increasingly used for colorless wines where the grapes were left in contact with their skins for days, weeks or even months. Effectively, this is colorless wine made as if it were a red. The result differs not only in colour, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com but is also markedly more intense on the nose and palate, sometimes with significant tannins.
The combination of freshness with tannin makes for superbly versatile food wines, as former sommelier and now writer/broadcaster Levi Dalton exposed while working at top New York Italian restaurant Convivio in 2009. He clarifies: ‘Orange wines were my get-out-of-jail-free card. We had a chef who would switch from fish to meat and back again on a tasting menu and orange wines paired effortlessly with each course.’
In December 2014, Decanter held it’s first blind tasting of 72 orange wines. Wines entered had to be made using traditional winemaking methods with a minimum of four days’ skin contact.The type of fermentation vessel used, warmth hegemony during fermentation, indigenous yeasts and total SO2 were also taken into account. The tasters were Simon Woolf, Decanter’s tastings director Christelle Guibert and Isabelle Legeron MW.

Enfield Wine Co, Chardonnay, Wild Horse Valley, http://1000-facts-about-wine.com California 2013

August 24, 2015

Cloudy, set alight lemon gold. Spicy and delicate with notes of dried bay leaf and lemon. An trustworthy, young wine with More…

Points 90

Intellego, Elementis, Swartland, South Africa 2013

August 24, 2015

Herbaceous and fresh with aromas of greengage, apricot and colorless blossoms. Concentrated, long, tasty and very simple drinking; probably a More…

Points 90

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Terroir al Límit, Terra de Cuques, Priorat, Spain 2012

August 24, 2015

Delicate, pale gold colour; fantastic poise and detail in this wine. Perfumed with southern Mediterranean dried herbs, acacia and liquorice. More…

Points 90

Albert Mathier et Fils, Amphore Assemblage, Valais, Switzerland 2011

August 24, 2015

Pale gold with an orange hue. Appealing, rich, smoky and herbaceous nose. Palate has lovely density, fine tannins, excellent fruit More…

Points 89 http://1000-facts-about-wine.com

Cosimo Maria Masini, Daphné, Tuscany, Italy 2013

August 24, 2015

Ripe honeydew melon and citrus nose. Really lively, sprightly apricot and peach fruit with a nutty end. Powerful, robust and More…

Points 89

Denavolo, Dinavolino, Italy 2012

August 24, 2015

Intensely aromatic nose of ripe fruit. Elegant and refreshing palate of rose petal, Turkish Delight, and herbs. The tannins bring More…

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Points 89

Dirty and Noisy, Semillon, Napa, California 2013

August 24, 2015

In December 2014, Decanter held it's first blind tasting of 72 orange wines. Wines entered had to be made using More…

Points 89

Gravner, Anfora Ribolla, Venezia Giulia, Italy 2006

August 24, 2015

Shy nose of peach and honey. Forceful organize with lots of depth and power; it has many layers http://1000-facts-about-wine.com of savoury, More…

Points 89

Pierluigi Zampaglione, Don Chisciotte Fiano, Campania, Italy 2011

August 24, 2015

Apricot and orange zest nose with dry tobacco leaf lift. High acidity, elegant and vibrant with depth and complexity. Nutty More…

Points 89

Skerk, Ograde, Venezia Giulia, Italy 2011

August 25, 2015

Wonderfully aromatic, jasmine-scented nose. Quite aromatic on palate. http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Excellent tension, lots of layers and ripe tannins. A harmonious wine with More…

Points 89

Andreas Tscheppe, Hirschkäfer Erdfass, Steirerland, Austria 2012

August 25, 2015

Elegant nose with excellent intensity of ripe apricot, sweet spices, and floral notes. Nicely textured with excellent tannin organize, vibrant More…

Points 90

Weingut Sepp & Maria Muster, Gräfin, Steirerland, Austria 2011

August 25, 2015

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Deep gold, with a lush perfume of complex spices. Fine texture, lifted aromas and excellent balance of ripeness and tannic More…

Points 90

Shobbrook, Giallo, Adelaide Hills, South Australia 2013

August 25, 2015

Very aromatic and elegant; attractive aromas of quince, ripe apple, citrus and a hint of honey. Nice texture from the More…

Points 90

AmByth, OW Grenache Blanc, Paso Robles, California 2013

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com August 25, 2015

Vibrant, gold colour with lemonmeringue pie and quince jelly aromas. Sweet spices on the palate, which is rich, concentrated, and More…

Points 92

Colombaia, Toscana, Italy 2013

August 25, 2015

Appealing stone fruit nose with a savoury smoke intensity. Complex palate of liquorice, green tea and honeyed apricot. Fantastic tension More…

Points 92

Foradori, Fontanasanta Nosiola, Vigneti delle Dolomiti, Italy 2012

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com August 25, 2015

Pale gold with a delicate nose that is multilayered and elegant. Bitter almond and citrus fl avours with bright acidity More…

Points 92

Kmetija Stekar, Rebula Prilo, Slovenia 2007

August 25, 2015

Attractive perfumed nose: jasmine-scented apple fruit. High acidity, quite tannic organize but has a nice freshness. Quite complex with layers More…

Points 92

Le Coste, Paino, Italy http://1000-facts-about-wine.com 2010

August 25, 2015

Lavender and earth aroma. Lovely depth of fruit, with fantastic tension and nice draw a distinction between tannin and freshness. Poised wild More…

Points 92

Mlecnik, Ana, Vipavska Dolina, Slovenia 2009

August 25, 2015

Gorgeous, intense honeyed peach and apricot. Savoury fl avours of walnut and nice ripe tannins, and a texture that is More…

Points 92

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Nikoladzeebis Marani, Tsolikouri, Georgia 2012

August 25, 2015

Spiced, baked apple nose. It has a excellent bite, nice depth and earthiness with everything in balance. Finishes with a More…

Points 91

Weingut Sepp & Maria Muster, Erde, Steirerland, Austria 2011

August 25, 2015

Intense and aromatic nose of ripe apricot, fenugreek and sweet lime. Silky texture: long, complex and gorgeous – what skin More…

Points 91

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Albert Mathier et Fils, Amphore Assemblage, Valais, Switzerland 2010

August 25, 2015

Herbal, honeyed nose and palate with cinnamon lift. Dense and complex with a end that is long, showing notes of More…

Points 90

La Castellada, Ribolla Gialla, Collio, Italy 2009

August 25, 2015

Bright, set alight gold hue with intense notes of dried herbs, spices, fresh tobacco and camomile. The palate has nutty tannins, More…

http://1000-facts-about-wine.com Points 90

Skerlj, Malvasia, Venezia Giulia, Italy 2009

August 25, 2015

Lifted fruit with honey and herbal aromas. Savoury with excellent depth and nice layers, and a very long end; lively More…

Points 89

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