(2019) Though the estate was sold by the Ratcliffe family in 2017, this wine still bears the title that referred to co-founder Norma Ratcliffe. It is essentially unoaked, and the alcohol is moderate at 13%, and yet it has a richness and touch of the 'golden Chardonnays' about it, with ripe fruit and stirring of the lees in tank building sweetness and texture. Fruit touches on the tropical, but is more about juicy melon, with a fleshiness and yet good balancing acidity.
(2017) A blend of Cinsault, Grenache and Syrah, this Côtes de Provence pink is certified organic and has a pale peachy-pink colour. On the nose it has delightful fragrance: small red berries like redcurrants and a touch of downy peach skins, with the mineral hint of sea breezes. In the mouth it is both concentrated and elegant, certainly plenty of sweet and ripe fruit to fill the mouth, but that clarity of the acidity, that saline hint, all giving lovely gastronomic appeal too, finishing bone dry with plenty of verve and tang.
(2017) Made from 100% Rolle, or Vermentino as it is also known, this is unoaked and has exemplary freshness, obviously picked quite early as it is both bone-dry and has only 12.5% alcohol. It's a lovely bright and summery wine, pristine aromas of firm yellow plums, orchard fruit and a touch of sweet almond as well as hints of blossom. In the mouth the clarity and texture is so reminiscent of its rosé partner in many ways, focused more on racy, dry pear and a touch of apricot, but the verve and saline tang carries through in the long finish. Poised, elegant and seafood friendly. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.