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Perfect as a comprehensive training and reference tool, our series of educational brochures can be viewed and downloaded here, or please email marketing@libertywines.co.uk for your copy.

Aromatic Wines

“The lovesick, the betrayed, and the jealous all SMELL alike”. Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

“Nothing revives the past so completely as a SMELL that was once associated with it.” Vladimir Nabokov  

Prized for its hedonistic combination of perfume and body, Viognier has a highly distinctive character reminiscent of ripe peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, musk and spice. Rich and silky on the palate, with real density, extract and relatively high alcohol, Viognier is best drunk young while its heady primary aromas and balancing acidity are at their maximum.

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Chianti and the great Sangiovese-based wines of Tuscany

Chianti is the name given to the area located between Florence and Siena. Chianti the wine, however, covers a much wider area than this historic zone and includes within its boundaries several overlapping DOCG regions. It encompasses the western reaches of the province of Pisa near the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea, the Florentine hills to the north, stretching to the province of Arezzo in the east and the Siena hills to the south.

Further to the south, the province of Grosseto in the Maremma, which itself stretches up the Tuscan coastline through Livorno to Pisa, contains the well-known DOCG of Morellino di Scansano, which also produces wines based on Chianti’s principle grape variety, Sangiovese.

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Fortified Wines

Fortified wines are wines which have undergone the addition of grape spirit before, during, or after fermentation in order to ensure their microbiological stability. The principle behind this process is that most bacteria and yeasts are killed off at alcohol levels over about 16% abv. The point at which the spirit is added is of huge importance as it affects the overall style of the wine. The earlier it is added during the winemaking process, the sweeter the resulting wine will be. This method of interrupting the fermentation is used for most of the Port-styles of wine and for all Vins Doux Naturels (VDNs) in order to retain unfermented sugar in the final wine. For Sherry styles of wine, fortification takes place after fermentation with the purpose of making the wine more robust for transport and ageing. It is important to note that in the case of some wines fermentation may stop naturally yet still leave unfermentable sugars as occurs in the production of Pedro Ximénez.

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Olive Oil

In Italy, the first olive groves were cultivated in the south around 1000 BC. Shortly after, the Romans began the practice of olive tree cultivation in the rest of Italy, giving oil an important commercial value for trading. Olive trees can live for well over 200 years.

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Sweet Wines

Sweet wines come in many different guises but the finest examples are those which are made by simply concentrating the sugar in grapes and letting them ferment, until the combined effect of the alcohol produced and the high levels of sugar, inhibit the effect of the yeast; a sweet wine, with noticeable amounts of residual sugar, is the result. Within our portfolio there is a huge range of sweet wines, made in any number of different ways, from different varieties, in countries all over the world. We hope you find them as enjoyable as we do!

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Veneto

Sexually frustrated? The insects in Nino Pieropan’s vineyards certainly are. For a number of years, the Pieropans have been using pheromones as a means of controlling the pest population in their vineyards. In the past, they would have sprayed to control pests, but Pieropan are now farming organically. This presents challenges, especially in a region such as the Veneto, where fogs and mists flow off the Po Valley to the south. But for Pieropan, as with many others in the Veneto, quality, not quantity, is at the forefront of their viticultural philosophy.

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Chablis

Often described by critics as the “purest” expression of the Chardonnay grape, Chablis, which is made solely from Chardonnay, is one of the best known and most widely emulated wines in the world. Situated in the northern part of Burgundy, Chablis produces wines that are dry and minerally and usually unoaked with a marked acidity and, from the best producers, a pristine purity. This purity and minerality sets Chablis apart not only from the other great white burgundies of the more southerly Côte d’Or but also from the other great Chardonnays of the world.

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Fanatics - their regions in detail

The Regions in Detail brochure explains more about the wine regions our Fanatics work in and where they make their wines. 

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Italian Fanatics

Italians are fanatical about a number of things – family, football, food, and, for an ever growing number of producers, wine.

When it comes to wine, however, Italy is still a world of contrasts. On the one hand it is one of the biggest producers of wine in the world, with more land under vine than any other country apart from France and Spain, and regularly exporting more wine than any other country. Its mass market successes of recent years with varietals such as Pinot Grigio and Prosecco have been staggering.

On the other hand, Italy has a multitude of small, fanatical producers who are working constantly to produce the very highest quality wines they possibly can from the unique conditions available to them.

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Riesling

It could be argued that Riesling is the world’s most undervalued grape variety. Not only is it often mispronounced (Reece-ling is correct) but it is also frequently misunderstood. Part of this misunderstanding is certainly linked to Riesling’s sheer diversity. Its wines can range from bone dry to off-dry to lusciously sweet; they can be sparkling or still and be high or low in alcohol. Moreover, it has its own very distinctive character which varies immensely, according to where it is grown. Unfortunately, this diversity has often been left unexplored and underdeveloped. Instead, in the case of German examples in particular, wines too low in flavour and high in residual sugar have all too often been produced, tarnishing the variety’s reputation.

For years Riesling has been the sweetheart of the wine trade, with sommeliers and chefs finding endless food matches for its diverse styles and the trade in general proclaiming that they drink nothing but Riesling at home. The same enthusiasm for the variety is not, however, shared by the majority of consumers. Whereas other international varieties have mostly found their niche, be it by country, in the case of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc, or style, in the case of oaked or unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling has failed to establish itself. This has perhaps led to confusion among consumers who never really know what to expect when they open a bottle.

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The Fanatics

The UK wine market is becoming increasingly polarised. At one end is the mass market, the bland and blended volume brands that dominate a large segment of the UK market, while at the other end are the smaller producers who make ‘wines of origin’. All our wines – even some of our larger volume lines – are what we would call ‘wines of origin’ because they express the character of the grape and the area in which they are grown, as well as bearing the imprint of the person who made them.

Among the myriad of smaller producers we represent are some who are fanatical about expressing origin. We have decided to highlight some of these smaller gems within our portfolio, to help explain why these producers have been, and will continue to be, fundamental for those of you looking for quality, variety, diversity, excitement and of course great value, in the wines you buy.

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