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Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2017

Chenin Blanc 2017

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of green
Nose: Lemon biscuit, vanilla pod spice and dusty yellow apples, aniseed and pineapple confit
Palate:The wine has a lots of fruit with natural acid and a long lingeringfinish

The grapes were sourced from one 35 to 40 year old bush vine vineyard from Stellenbosch yielding about 3 tons per hectare.

The grapes were hand harvested between 22.5 and 23 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the cellar where they were stored overnight in a cold container. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, then cold settled and racked into untoasted barrels. 100% was naturally fermented in barrel and after fermentation the wine stayed on its fine lees for 9 months, no malolactic fermentation and no filtration was done.

The wine was bottled on the 20th November 2017 and only 2830 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Chardonnay 2016

Chardonnay 2016

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of green
Nose: A touch of vanilla with lime and pistachio
Palate: The wine has a hint of oak and fresh acidity with a long lingering finish

The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Elgin specifically for its cool climate and good acidity.

The grapes were hand harvested at 23 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the cellar. The grapes were then whole bunch pressed, a portion was fermented in tank and 60% fermented naturally in barrel. The total volume 100% was matured in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French, Romanian and Hungarian oak barrels for 11 months. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation to keep its freshness and primary fruit.

The wine was bottled on the 31st July 2017 and only 6895 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Grenache 2017

Grenache 2017

Colour: Light ruby red
Nose: Perfumed with sweet raspberry, spice and a touch of black cherry
Palate: Soft, yet firm tannins with a velvety mid palate and lasting forest berry finish

The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard in Wellington.

The grapes were harvested at 23 balling in lug boxes. In the cellar the grapes were fermented at between 18 and 22 degrees for 7 days on the skins and malo-lactic fermentation was done in tank. The wine was matured in shaven French barrels to ensure micro oxidation and polymerisation of the tannins with minimal wood.

This wine was bottled November 2017 and is very young at the moment. Only bottles 4430 were produced.

 

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Migliarina Chardonnay 2016

Pinot Gris 2017

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of onion skin
Nose: White peach, green apple and honey melon
Palate: The wine has a lot of fruit with a refreshing lemon and lime intensity

The grapes were sourced from a single vineyard, planted on Cape Hutton soils in the Bottelary region in Stellenbosch.

The grapes were hand harvested from a single vineyard at 23 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the winery where they were refrigerated in a container overnight. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, then cold settled and 50% racked into steel tank, where the wine was cold fermented with a mixture of several selected yeasts. The other 50% was racked to shaven barrels where natural fermentation was done. After fermentation the wine stayed on its fine lees for 9 months in tank and barrel for mouth feel and complexity. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation, no protein or cold stabilisation nor filtration were done.

The wine was bottled on the 20th of November 2017 and only 2820 bottles were produced.

 

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Syrah 2015

Colour: Dark ruby red with a youthful purple rim.
Nose: Blackberry, iodine, coriander and lavender and subtle hints of wild strawberry
Palate: Soft, yet firm tannins with a creamy mid palate and lasting forest berry finish

blackberry, iodine, coriander and lavender and subtle hints of wild strawberry

The grapes were harvested at 23 to 24 balling depending on the vineyard. In the cellar the grapes were fermented at between 16 and 22 degrees with an average of 63 days skin contact and malo-lactic fermentation was done on the skins. The wine was matured in French, Hungarian and Romanian oak barrels for 14 months .

This wine was bottled in August 2017 and is starting to settle, only 4256 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Parquet 2016

Parquet 2016

Colour: Dark ruby red with a youthful purple rim.
Nose: Sandalwood, black pepper corns, savoury cured meats and black berry and plum
Palate: The wine has modern, fresh fruit, perfectly pieced together with subtle, silky tannins

The Syrah was sourced from two vineyards in Stellenbosch (Helderberg), the Carignan is from Swartland and the Grenache from Wellington.

The grapes were harvested at 23 to 24 balling depending on the vineyard. In the cellar the Syrah was fermented quite cold and spent 9 weeks on the skins including Malo-lactic fermentation. The Carignan was fermented in an open fermenter and the Grenache was cold fermented and pressed after fermentation was completed. The wine was matured in French, Hungarian and Romanian oak barrels for 14 months, no protein or cold stabilisation nor filtration were done.

The wine was bottled on the 21th of November 2017 and only 4363 bottles were produced.

 

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Wine Agents



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SOUTH AFRICA

Carsten Migliarina

Tel: +27 72 233 4138
Skype: carsten.migliarina
Email: carsten@migliarina.co.za


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NAMIBIA

Wineology

Website: www.wineologycc.com


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GERMANY

Starweine

Tel: +49 7121 9393 589
Fax: +49 7121 9393 591
Mobile: +49 170 783 11 78
Email: info@starweine.com
Website: www.starweine.com


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UNITED STATES

Zambuni Wines

Tel: +1 860 876 0555
Email: jzambuni@zambuniwines.com
Website: zambuniwines.com/migliarina/


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UNITED KINGDOM

Uncharted Wines | London

Tel: +44 7909 511 064
Email: Rupert@unchartedwines.com
Website: www.unchartedwines.com


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REUNION

Les Saveurs D'Afrique Du Sud

Tel: +262 692 706525
Email: paul.de.clercq@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/saveurs.dafriquedusud


Migliarina History



THEN
Migliarina Wines was founded by Carsten Migliarina in 2002 when he produced his first wine under his own label. Starting very small, the first production consisted of a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz, both from Franschhoek. The Shiraz was matured in a friends garage.

“Often at tastings I am asked “where are you” in the context of where my estate is, my reply “right in front of you”. I do not own a wine farm, I am not unhappy about this as it allows me the freedom to source the best grapes from the best vineyards I can find.”

NOW
The Migliarina Wines range has expanded considerably since the first production in 2002. Currently cultivars include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Riesling and Shiraz. Grapes are sourced from around the Western Cape and wine is produced in rented cellar space in two different boutique cellars.

Wines are exported to Namibia, Reunion, Europe, Australia, the USA and China and are sold locally in top restaurants and specialised wine shops.

WINEMAKING
Elegant clean wines are the hallmark of the Migliarina brand. All wines are individually hand crafted from some of the best vineyards in the Cape region with exceptional care being taken in preserving varietal and fruit character. Keeping it simple in the cellar with minimum intervention is the basis for ensuring that the wines are fruit driven and elegant.

“Winemaking is a creative process and having an established range of wines limits you in some aspects. I therefore try to make one new wine from a different varietal each year, allowing me the freedom to express my creativity.”

ABOUT CARSTEN
Born in Namibia and raised in South-Africa, Carsten’s interest in all things wine started at the tender age of 14 when he attempted to ferment table grapes. Pursuing his passion for wine, he spent 10 years in the catering industry as sommelier, including Le Pont de la Tour in London and the Grande Roche in Paarl and then earned his winemaking stripes as contract winemaker in South-Africa, Germany and Romania and of course making his own wine. His most recent winemaking adventure took him to China, where he participated in the Ningxia Wine Challenge.

“I did not study winemaking, I have been very fortunate to meet fantastic winemakers willing to share their knowledge and I have been thrown in the deep end quite a few times. If you are passionate about what you do and if you are willing to work hard, you can succeed in this industry.”

Carsten Migliarina

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News



...when you’re privileged enough to be tasting some of the best chardonnays SA has to offer side by side. SOMM, Posted on April 24, 2018

"And then there was Elgin... Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay serves as the first reference point with ripe lemon and pear as well as that beautifully crunchy acidity but to really understand the region one must look at wines like Migliarina, Iona and Almenkerk. Ripe and expressive with aromas of candied orange rind, fleshy white pears and an unmistakable earthy perfume held together with poise by that lip smacking mountain acidity."

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Another Sensational Run of Boutique Wines from Carsten Migliarina, April 20, 2018 ~ Greg Sherwood .

"I recently caught up with winemaker Carsten Migliarina to taste through his new releases. Always working on a variety of different wines that usually includes a Grenache and a Syrah, Carsten also normally has at least one new one-off boutique experimental bottling on the go at any time."

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Another World of Wine published in Madame AirFrance by Olivier Reneau Jan 2018.

"...More importantly for oenophiles, some of South Africa's winemakers are true visionaries. Like Johan Reyneke, a pioneer of biodynamics, or Nico Van der Merwe and Carsten Migliarina, both known for producing wines of impressive complexity. Thus putting to rest any preconceptions about so-called New World wines..."

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Tasting the Maiden Release of Carsten Migliarina’s 2015 Single Vineyard Elgin Chardonnay… published by Greg Sherwood 20 May 2017.

"South Africa’s Carsten Migliarina has made some superb Chardonnays in the past, so it was with great excitement that I tasted his new single vineyard expression from Elgin. His wine making reputation is growing by the day and so are his awards. He also works masterfully with cool climate terroirs as evidenced in the precision of his Elgin Chenin Blancs, Riesling and of course Chardonnay.

At 14 Abv, you’d expect this wine to show some depth and power… and of course it does. The nose is beautifully complex with green apple skins, tart crunchy green pears and dusty minerality. But the oaking is also perfectly judged for the weight of the fruit concentration. On the nose it’s very subtle with bruleed creme caramel hints and lemon pie brightness. The oaking on the palate, at this stage, is a little more obvious, but definitely very high quality. Even with the multiple layers of pithy lemon confit, honeydew melon and caramelised fig notes, Carsten’s signature minerality prevails, dominating the finish with a real classical restraint and dusty, gravelly, Schweppes bitter lemon intensity. A fantastic expression with all the old world minerality of a top Umbrian or Friuli cool climate Chardonnay. Drink from 2018 to 2025."

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