Exploring, Wine Reviews

Fable Mountain Vineyards: “Don’t label us, just look at our labels”

fables lake

Apart from wine, work and grapes, vineyards provide us with much beauty. The aesthetic pleasure we find in vineyards, I think, stems from the collision between lands that produce good wine grapes – hills, steep slopes, river banks, mountainous valleys – and the human intervention of grape farming.

The steep steps of the Douro, the magical, almost mystical Ribeira Sacra and the slate cliffs of the Rhine immediately spring to mind. Wild, untamed, brutish and violent nature set upon by farmers who order, constrain, and align it to rows of pruned vines. This contrast is where the beauty lies. The starker, the more defined the line between that which is feral and that which is cultivated, the more I think it excites the viewer, the stronger the shove is in the direction of  the sublime. Continue reading “Fable Mountain Vineyards: “Don’t label us, just look at our labels””

Wine Reviews

Marvelous Wines

Nicked the pic from the Wine Detective. (text my own, obviously)

It takes some gumption to call your wines Marvelous. But Chef Peter Tempelhoff and wine maker Adam Mason have plenty of that. With Mason now making wine for Mulderbosch, and Peter Tempelhoff overseeing the five restaurants in The Collection by Liz McGrath, they somehow found the time to start a wine label. There are two premium wines – which I’ll put in a separate post – called Yardstick Wines, and then the cheaper Marvelous range named comically, KABOOM!, Ka-POW! and SHAZAAM!. Continue reading “Marvelous Wines”