From the sunny south coast of France comes this wickedly delightful cabernet. Deep, regal purple in colour, and intensely perfumed on the nose, this is strongly suggestive of place. Rich blackberries, tangy blueberries, violets, lavender and thyme give this cabernet a gutsy Mediteranean vibe, all warm days and evocative nights, giving a wonderful balance of richness and vibrancy. This is a wine you can afford to crack open whenever you feel like it. And it’ll be delicious every single time.
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- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
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From the producer
This wine is deep purplish red in colour and features an intense nose with notes of blueberry and violet. Round and delectable on the palate with lovely flavours of freshly picked black fruit.
These wines are sourced from selected vineyards located in the coastal valleys around Sète. The coastal terroir is sunny and bountiful, offering delectable, exuberant wines with flavours of citrus, red and tropical fruit. Boasting relatively young and rather fertile soils, this terroir, with the help of modern viticultural and winemaking techniques, is well-suited to bringing out all of the aromas and flavours of each grape variety as well as those produced during fermentation such as thiols, terpenes and esters.
Harvested by night to keep the freshness, each vineyard lot is fermented separately after a 4 days pre-fermentation cold soak which brings bright fruit & colour and silky tannins. Some selected lots are fermented with French oak for richness and length. After gentle pressing and 3 months of aging on fine lees for maturation, each component is blended to create the Fortant de France signature.
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The rules are there ain’t no rules, but here are some foods we think will work pretty well with this wine...
Traditional roast lamb
- 2kg leg of lamb, fat trimmed
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1.5kg chat potatoes
- Basic gravy (makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups):
- 2 cups beef stock
- 3/4 cup red wine
- 2 1/2 tablespoons plain flour
- Preheat oven to 200°C/180°C fan-forced. Lightly grease roasting pan. Place lamb in pan. Combine oil, rosemary and garlic in a bowl. Rub half the oil mixture over lamb. Season with salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.
- Reduce oven temperature to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Roast lamb, basting with remaining oil mixture every 20 minutes, for 1 hour 15 minutes for medium or until cooked to your liking. Add potatoes to pan for last 40 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.
- Remove lamb from oven. Cover loosely with foil. Stand for 10 minutes. Carve. Serve with potatoes.
- Basic Gravy: Transfer meat (and any vegetables) to a plate to rest. Combine stock and wine in a jug. Skim fat from roasting pan, leaving 1 1/2 tablespoons pan juices and fat in pan. Place pan over high heat. Add flour. Cook, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 1 to 2 minutes or until mixture bubbles and becomes golden. Add juices from resting meat. Slowly add stock mixture to pan, stirring constantly. Cook, scraping pan, for 8 to 10 minutes or until thickened.
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