Have you tried Orange wine ? no, neither have I until now and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I can see people pulling faces at the thought of wine made with oranges but fear not the term only refers to the deep amber like colour.
Orange wine is made from white grapes in this case Grenache Blanc in which the skins are left on during fermentation (as in red wine) causing this orange like colour. Be warned though this wine is not for the fainthearted and is very different, its robust in style, weighty, fairly tannic with a slight sourness.
The wine I tried was the ‘Fides’ ( Roman word for trust or to have faith) and is made by the Bosman family vineyard situated in the western Cape of South Africa.
I must admit when first poured I was surprised at the deepness of the colour almost like a glass of cider and it had intense aromas of dried orange peel, nuts, ripe tropical fruits and what I can only describe as furniture polish (not as strange or uninviting as it sounds) .
Taste wise it was fairly intense and had a weighty creaminess about it, there was that tropical ripe fleshy fruit along with almond nuts and over ripe apple, there was also a hint of oak and pronounced tannins.
As I said earlier, maybe not for everyone, it is very different and at 14% a little on the hefty side a little expensive at around £14 but I loved it and would recommend you try it, maybe when it’s on offer though .
My Rating 7.5/10 Corks
M&S around £14