Cave de Ortas Rasteau Prestige 2009 Review

This Wine Wednesday your friends at SukasaStyle return to one of our favourite regions, Southern Rhône, but this time we are recommending you go down market from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and pick up something from Rasteau.

Priced at 19.95 per 750 ml bottle           
14.5% Alcohol/Vol.  Style: Dry,
Full-bodied & Smooth   

The Terroir of the Rhône Valley
Why Rasteau?
It's all about the terroir of the Rhône ValleyRasteau soils are varied: clay and limestone composition include skeletal soil on marl and red sandstone soils. At Cave de Ortas each rootstock is selected according to the type of terrain to coax the growth of grapes in the best conditions for fine wine.
Many of the pebble covered plots for Cave de Ortas were formed by the Alps courtesy of glaciers that melted over 18 million years ago. The soil is perfect for old vines as the soil composition accumulates heat during the day while concentrating flavor into the grapes by night.

During summer months the vines are forced to dig deeper in order to develop. Due to the combination of an extended root system, lower water stress, and optimal ripening of the grapes the "poor" Rasteau soils "force" the development of high quality wines.

According to the winery this diversity of soil added to different varietals give the wines of Rasteau their great aroma and flavour combining power, finesse and elegance complexity.

Cave de Ortas Rasteau Prestige 2009
Tasting Notes
An intense ruby ​​red upon uncorking the bottle, with inviting aromas of red strawberries, hints of spices and a touch licorice, supported by a simple yet balanced structure and soft tannins. This is the classic Grenache - Syrah - Mourvèdre combination that is the hallmark of Rhône.

Suggested Food Pairings
Veal sandwich, poultry roast, stew, chilli, goat curry and rack of lamb.

Drink now or age till 2016.
Serving temperature: 16°C - 17°C
Sukasa Stars (out of 5): 4.5
Quality Price Ratio: Excellent


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