Ayama is proudly releasing 2018 (third) and 2019 (fourth) vintage of Ayama Vermentino together with 2017 (first!) and 2018 (second) Vintage of Ayama Carignan with FREE vertical tastings!
Vermentino and Carignan: Italy’s Sleek and Sexy Oceanside Wines
Living in the Cape, wine tastings are, let’s be frank, a dime a dozen. But, if you’re looking for a unique experience – something a little different, without the pomp and snobbery – come to Ayama for some fun with fermented grapes. Your secret place to live longer, laugh and be free.
Q: WHAT IS VERMENTINO? A: YOUR NEXT FAVOURITE WHITE WINE.
VERMENTINO: THE WINE THAT COMES FROM THE SEA
There are hundreds of white grape types planted throughout Italy, many of them indigenous to one region or even one small district. These varieties work well in their particular localities and tend to result in wines that have a special sense of place, based on factors such as climate, soils, and topography. Of all these whites, perhaps the one that is most perfectly suited to its settings is Vermentino, a dry white that is sleek, tangy and even a little bit sexy.
Vermentino is found primarily in three regions of Italy: Liguria, Sardinia and Tuscany, and in each of those territories, the plantings are very close to the sea. Simply stated, producing a Vermentino from seaside vineyards gives the wines a special character that you don’t find from a warmer, inland area. Vermentino from a maritime climate tends to display a minerality or saltiness in the finish – as though you are tasting the soils and/or experiencing the tanginess of the sea when you are enjoying the wine – and if that doesn’t appear too appetizing in print, wait until you taste Vermentino.
On the island of Sardinia, on the Tyrrhenian Sea, Vermentino is grown in several areas, with the Gallura zone in the far northeast being the most notable. Gallura is one big granite rock! And it is from Gallura that Ayama VERMENTINO is coming from. 6 small buds allowed in the country in 2006 have developed in a few hectares of vineyards at Slent. Minerality, fruitiness and complexity in a glass. Granite sandy soils, hot temperatures with small rain falls and a daily breeze from the Ocean cuddle our vineyards and grapes to offer your best favourite white wine made in South Africa.
We are releasing the 3rd and the 4th vintage of Ayama Vermentino and ever produced South African Vermentino. Join us for a vertical tasting of 3 vintages: 2017, rich and complex beautifully aged in bottle, 2018 enriched by a sexy wood touch, 2019 young, lively and fruity as a summer party.
Q: WHAT IS CARIGNAN? A: YOUR NEXT RED PATHWAY.
CARIGNAN: THE WINE THAT COMES FROM SAND
Taking a tour of the Sardinia’s important wine regions, the itinerary would focus on hitting vineyards growing quality Carignano, Cannonau (also known as Grenache), and Vermentino.
West of Cagliari you would be intrigued by the appellation of Carignano del Sulcis DOC. This remote slice of the island’s southwest, an area once inhabited by Phoenicians, is hot, dry, and sandy. The region is called Sulcis, and the dominant grape is the same as Carignan/e found in Spain, France, and California; hence the name of the DOC. Due to the climate and soils, many vines are old, ungrafted and bush-trained, not terribly unlike the resilient folks who’ve tended them for nearly as long. The resulting wines, at their finest, offer full-bodied intensity, a deep purple hue, and aromatics of sweet spice, tobacco, and dark fruit, typically with high alcohol. They also carry a fragrant note of the island’s macchia. The word encompasses the aromatic evergreen shrub and herbal scrub carpeting the land and perfuming the air. Surprisingly, from a forgotten corner of a largely overlooked island, Sulcis claims an icon wine. Again, inspired by the similarity of soils, climate and natural vegetation conditions, Ayama planted a small portion of land under bush Carignan vines on a slope that’s covered by Fynbos and natural indigenous vegetation.
We are releasing the 1st and the 2th vintage of Ayama Carignan. Join us for a vertical tasting of these two vintages: 2017, dark, wooded and velvety, 2018 fruity and hearty.
Ayama Vermentino vertical tasting, vintages 2017, 2018 and 2019
Ayama Carignan vertical tasting, vintages 2017 and 2018.
Dates 7-8 December, 14-15-16 December 2019.
Looking forward to meeting you at AYAMA!!