Olivier Cazenave et Château, Bel a Ciao Vin Orange, IGP Atlantique, France, 2020
The Semillon grapes come from really healthy vineyards in the Entre-Deux-Mers, harvested in early September, a little later than other varieties. No added Sulfites are used during the harvesting process.
Vinified as you would a red wine, protected with carbonic ice during the filling process, with 2 weeks of skin maceration of the Semillon must to extract the orange colour, before a gravity fed run off into a separate tank for 6 months at 5°C until bottling. There are no added sulfites in order to preserve the authenticity of the site and variety. A tiny amount of Sauvignon Blanc (2%) is added just before bottling to enhance the freshness and acidity.
No oak treatment
The Bel a Ciao name was taken from the name of a revolutionary song, Oliviers wine making can be quite “revolutionary” and he doesn’t like sticking to the rule book! The wine has refreshing citrus aromas such as tangerine as well as wild flowers. The mouth is fresh, lively and complex with notes of fresh tropical and citrus fruits. A slightly spicy, long lemon finish. The lack of sulfites used in the vineyard and in production combined with careful winemaking, this wine has incredibly low sulfite levels in the finished wine.
Works nicely with exotic spicy food or citrus based dishes.
Sauvignon Blanc 2%
12 x 75cl