Tenuta Fernanda Cappello

Tenuta Fernanda Cappello, Vision Wine Brands, Friuli, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc

Vision Wine Brands is proud to introduce Tenuta Fernanda Cappello.  Fernanda Cappello, an architect by training, manages 135 hectares in the North of the D.O.C. Friuli Graves area, at the foothills of the Friuli Dolomites. 126 hectares are planted to vine, on the "Magredi" limestone soils that give the wines of this region their unique flavor and minerality. The family owned estate is in their thrid generation of production. The first release was in 1969. Enea De Ponte is the viticulturist and takes a sustainable approach to managing the vineyards. Fernanda Cappello heads the team of oenologists and takes pride in her green approach to wine production, that not only respects the environment, but is also completely independent of fossil fuels.

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Public Restaurant NYC on Rusden The Good Shepherd

Vision Wine Brands, Wine, Rusden, The Good Shepherd

PUBLIC - 210 Elizabeth St, NYC

DATE: November 2015 Rusden – Good Shepherd Cabernet Malbec 2010

Barossa Valley, South Australia


The Tale: Much is made about Australia's wine being heavily influenced by the Rhône Valley of France. This is the ancestral home to Syrah/Shiraz, Marsanne and Roussanne, as well as a place where Grenache thrives. These varieties are deftly suited to much of Australia's vineyard land and comprise some of the country's most iconic wines. However, it has failed to be adequately mentioned that another region in France has contributed enormously to the fabric of Aussie wine; it might have even contributed more.


One of Australia's most unique and inimitable styles of wine is produced in the Hunter Valley from Sémillon. The grape is grown throughout the country and often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to make very fresh dry whites to richer barrel-aged versions. Though perpetually overshadowed by Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon is duly planted coast to coast. From the mountains just west of Sydney to Margaret River in the far southwest, in the cooler climes of the Yarra Valley and Coonawarra to even the warm Barossa Valley, this classic variety produces a dizzying array of delicious wine Down Under. Behold the primary varieties of both red and white Bordeaux, which are deeply woven into the quilt of Australian wine.


Bordeaux's influence on Oz however isn't only on account of what grape varieties they exported. Penfold's legendary winemaker, Max Schubert, visited Bordeaux in 1949 and was so inspired by their red wine that he set out to create an Australian analogue. Though he used what was most plentiful and familiar at the time as the primary variety, Shiraz, his creation became what has been for decades, Australia and the southern hemisphere's most iconic wine. Penfold's Grange, via Bordeaux, inspired Australia's change from a sweet and fortified wine-dominant industry, to that of dry reds and whites you see today.


Our featured producer this month showcases an age-worthy and Bordeaux-inspired red that is uniquely Australian in the fullest sense. These grapes come from a small family grower-turned-producer in the warm Barrosa Valley, who hand-pick their grapes, use the traditional basket press and primarily age in used oak. The Good Sheperd is modeled after a wine from Australia's most elusive cult wine producer, Wendouree, and utilizes the lesser seen (both in Bordeaux and Australia) Malbec. This wine represents a broad-shouldered and earthier selection this month that we hope gives you both warmth in the coming months and insight into Australia's tacit devotion to Bordelais inspiration.



The Facts:

Varieties: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Malbec

Soils: Deep Sand

Barrel Aging: 18 months in seasoned French barrique

Production: 250 cases

The Flavor:

This wine is dry with savory aromas and a medium body. The aroma conveys such complexity, focusing a lot on organic matter. There is an earthy component reminiscent of rich, dark soil and a touch of barnyard. There are candied raspberries, cherries and even blueberries, moving into black olive and charred green vegetable, that are met by a smoky earth component like terracotta pots. The texture is silky smooth, with very powdery and light tannins. Despite the softer structure, the acid is well integrated and will be the life-force as it ages. Enjoy!!

Indian Multi Millionaire buys stake in South Africa's Mullineux

Decanter, Mullineux & Leeu, Mullineux, Vision Wine Brands
Multi-millionaire Indian businessman Analjit Singh has bought a stake in top South Africa winery Mullineux from English investor Keith Prothero. The sale of Prothero’s shares in the Swartland producer sees it change its name from Mullineux Family Wines to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines. ‘Leeu’, or ‘lion’, is Afrikaans for Singh, and the name of Singh’s local business Leeu International Investments.

Financial details, and the exact size of Singh’s share, were not disclosed. But, the founders of Mullineux, US husband-and-wife winemaking team Andrea and Chris Mullineux, still own the company and remain in operational control, with Peter Dart also staying on as a minority shareholder.

The deal is another sign of growing investment interest in South African wine. In August, Perfect China said that it had acquired an undisclosed stake in Val de Vie‘s wine cellar, vineyards and manor House.

Delhi-based Singh (pictured above, centre) said his own investment was ‘an integral part’ of growing his private and family business interests, internationally and in South Africa. He already owns three adjoining farms in Franschhoek: Dassenberg, Von Ortloff and Dieu Donné.

Andrea and Chris Mullineux said that they remain ‘as dedicated as ever’ to their minimalist approach to winemaking.

Founded in 2007 and based at Riebeek Kasteel, Mullineux has quickly acquired a strong reputation for its range of wines, including a white blend, a trio of Syrahs and a Straw Wine.

Singh, 59, ranks 87th on the list of Forbes’ list of India’s richest people, with an estimated fortune of US$725m. He founded healthcare and insurance conglomerate Max India Group, of which he is chairman with a 39% stake, and is also non-executive chairman of Vodafone India.

Written by Richard Woodard - Decanter


Mullineux, Straw Wine, Vision Wine Brands

Mullineux is a founding member of one of the most exciting young group of wine producers in South Africa, The Swartland Independents. This group of likeminded producers has set guidelines for vineyard and cellar practices with the goal of creating wines that enhance the expression of the Swartland terroir.


With an infusion of capital from a new partner Analjit Singh, Andrea and Chris Mullineux have purchased the Roundstone farm in the Western slopes of the Kasteelburg Mountain. The vineyard was the source of one of their treasured old vine Syrah’s. Together with Rosa Krueger, their viticulturist, they have started a new planting program focused on Syrah, Chenin blanc, Grenache, Cinsault, Clairette blanche, Carignan, Semillon, Roussanne, and Maccabeu, The Schist, Quartz, and Sandstone soils at Roundstone produce wines with superb minerality and texture. Roundstone is in the process of Organic Certification. They plant cover crops to prevent erosion, and make extensive use of mulch and their own compost, prepared from the free range cattle on the farm.


Kruger is recognized as the top viticulturist in South Africa. Many of the young wine producers refer to her as the “Vine Whisperer”. She has been documenting all of the valuable sources of old vine vineyards throughout the Western Cape.


Chris and Andrea Mullineux have assembled an impressive team, purchased an exciting new vineyard and have clearly established themselves as one of the top producers in the Swartland and in South Africa.

Lismore Estate Winery

Smantha O'keefe, Lismore Estate Winery, South Africa, Vision Wine Brands

Lismore Estate Vineyards

Berkeley educated Samantha O’Keefe left her native California and an executive TV job, in search of a simpler life. She settled into her own sliver of paradise in the form of a 600 acre former dairy farm in Greyton, South Africa. The estate is at 300 meters elevation and tucked into the foothills of the dramatic Riviersonderend mountain range. She shares her property with a troop of baboons and a leopard.


The 30 acres of vineyards are planted in a terroir of decomposed shale and clay with Syrah, Viognier, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet franc. She is the only producer in the cool climate region, Greyton in the Overberg. The combination of elevation and climate make for an extended ripening period for her grapes. All of the wines are barrel fermented in neural oak, without Malo.


2006 was her inaugural vintage. In 2011 Neil Martin of the Wine Advocate discovered her wines at a tasting in London and wrote. ”Since her maiden vintage in 2006, along with her two sons, this estate has quietly gone about creating a cult following. Personally, I thought Lismore’s wines were top quality: crisp and focused, fresh as a spring morning with impressive complexity and style”.


I came away from this estate impressed with what the lovely Ms O’Keffe has been able to accomplish. She has demonstrated tremendous courage, raising her two sons on her own in an exotic land. She is a pioneer in a region with no peers. Her wines are precise, elegant, and delicious. Vision Wine Brands is proud to introduce Samantha and her wines to our portfolio.

Organic Champagne

Lelarge Pugeot, Clemence Lelarge, Vision Wine Brands, Organic Champagne

Lelarge-Pugeot      The Lelarge family has been producing Champagne since the 18th Century. In 1987 Dominique Lelarge took over management of the estate along with his wife Dominique Pugeot, and changed the name to Lelarge Pugeot. The estate consists of 8.7 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards in Vrigny. Pinot Meunier is the primary grape grown in this region, located along the Champagne trail on the Montagne de Reims.

Since 1885 the estate has been farmed using sustainable viticulture. In 2012 the first Organic wines were released. The cuvees are produced using only wild yeast and blended with up 20% of older reserve wines and are aged three years before release.

Domaine de La Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape

Domaine Mordoree Chateauneuf du Pape, Vision Wine Brands, Christophe Delorme

Domaine de la Mordoree

This estate in Tavel is owned by brothers Fabrice and Christophe Delorme. They own or manage 60 hectares located in 8 different regions in the Southern Rhone valley.  Mordoree takes its name from a wild game bird, the woodcock, hence the logo on the wine bottle’s label. Their high end, luxury cuvee which made its debut in 2003 is called La Reine des Bois, which translates into Queen of the Woods. The estate practices organic farming in all their vineyard locations, and are awaiting a agriculture biologique certification. Their vineyards planted in the rocky terroir of La Crau, are over 100 years of age. Mordoree incorporates both the best of traditional techniques with some modern influences, including the use of small barrels, emphasis on biodynamic viticultural, low sulfur, and pure, exceptional fruit from their vineyards. “Year in and year out, Christophe Delorme continues to turn out one of the top dozen or so Chateauneuf du Papes from this winery located in the village of Tavel.” Robert Parker


2012 Chateauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois        

“One of the blockbusters in the vintage, the inky-colored 2012 Châteauneuf du Pape La Reine des Bois – 80% Grenache, completely destemmed and aged 12 months in 80% stainless steel and 20% old barrels – offers fantastic richness and depth in its blackberry liqueur, graphite, wood smoke and crushed-rock-like aromas and flavors. An elegant, stylish and polished example of this cuvée, it comes closest in my mind to a lighter-weight 2010. Medium to full-bodied, concentrated and with fine tannin, it will drink well for 10-15 years.” Wine Advocate 95 Points

Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino

Le Ragnaie, Riccardo Campinoti, Vision Wine Brands

Brunello di Montalcino

Le Ragnaie

The Le Ragnaie winery sits among the highest elevation vineyards in the Montalcino, 600 meters above sea level. Their property consists of 42 acres of vineyards in three different zones and microclimates; Le Ragnaie and Pietroso (both in Montalcino itself), along with a plot in Castelnuovo dell-Abate. The wines are made as naturally as possible. The grapes are fermented in cement without the addition of yeast and left on their skins for nearly three weeks. From here the juice is gravity fed into 25-hectoliter Slavonian casks where they gently rest for 3 years. The wines are then racked, blended, bottled at 14% alcohol and aged for an additional year. The winery was certified biodynamic in 2009. 1000 cases produced.

 "Riccardo Campinoti is one of the most promising young producers in Montalcino." Wine Advocate


2009 Brunello di Montalcino                                                                

“Le Ragnaie is, in my opinion, the break-out star of the 2009 vintage. If I were to select my top picks of the 2009 vintage, these beautiful bottles would be among them. Their tasting profile – loaded with gorgeous, elegant floral nuances – clearly sets them apart. They are the essence of balance and Brunello beauty.” 

Monica Larner Wine Advocate 90 Points

“38 out of 100 2009 Brunelli tasted rated outstanding (90-94 points); however, only 14 of the outstanding ’09 Brunellos exceeded 90 points, and no wine rated higher than 93 points.”

Bruce Sanderson Wine Spectator 92 Points

“This is decadent and rich for 2009 showing sliced meat, foies gras and dark fruit. Full-bodied and juicy with a delicious fruit and acidic balance that makes it drinkable and fresh, as well as flavorful.”

James Suckling 92 Points


2010 Brunello di Montalcino                                                                   May 2015 Arrival

“Crazy nose with chocolate, smoke, grilled meat, ripe fruits and walnuts. The palate is super and goes on for minutes with plum, berry, spice, chocolate, and nuts. Full body, velvety tannins and a long, long finish. Amazing quality. Made from biodynamically grown grapes.”

James Suckling    98 Points


2010 La Ragnaie Brunello V.V.                                                               May 2015 Arrival

“So much dried citrus and smoke on the nose with sliced meat and plums. It’s full body, with dense and intense palate with amazing fruit and intensity yet held back. Powerful and in reserve yet so balanced and harmonious. An old vine wine with all in the future. Made from biodynamically grown grapes. Better in 2018.”

James Suckling 100 Points

2010 La Ragnaie Brunello Fornace                                                        May 2015 Arrival

“A ripe and rich wine with dried berry, light prune and shaved chocolate character. Full and juicy, velvety tannins and a long and intense finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Truly outstanding like all the Brunellos from this producer. A single vineyard wine. Drink or hold.”

James Suckling 95 Points

Pago de Carraovejas


Curious thing, people tend to desire what they cannot get. What about when they do not know what they desire in the first place? Pago de Carraovejas is clearly one of the great wines of the world that nobody knows they want yet. Why? For the past 6 years the wine has been sold to an enthusiastic Spanish audience. Restaurateur Jose Maria Ruiz opened his restaurant, Jose Maria in 2002, and decided in 2008 to invest in a winery to develop a wine to perfectly compliment the restaurant's Segovian specialty, roasted suckling pig. Only 10% of the annual production was sold internationally. At last new vineyards, a new winery, and increased production mean that we are finally able to buy enough wine to introduce to the NY market. Pago de Carraovejas is based in Penafiel, Ribera del Duero. Since its opening Pago has taken an innovative approach to their production. They planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to blend with the traditionally used Tinto Fino. In their vineyards, sustainability is taken to the extreme. They employ a team of scientists who are constantly studying natural solutions to everyday problems. Who would have thought that spiders love to eat sharpshooters. Pago de Carraovejas is truly a gem of a winery and a terrific discovery for our team at Vision Wine Brands.