Frederiksdal Rancio Vin Af Kirsebaer NV, Harpelunde, Denmark 50cl
Sweet cherry wine, 50cl. Full bodied 100% Stevnbaer cherry from Harpelunde, Denmark. 14.0% ABV.
Rancio is the Catalan word for rancid and refers to this wine's production method. After fermentation the wine is decanted into small, 25-litre carboys, and left outside in the sun for a year. This practice has been used in Madeira, Porto, Banyuls and Maury for hundreds of years. The extremes of Lolland climate ( sunshine and rain, cold and warmth ) produce a unique flavour profile, with notes of orange zest, figs and nuts. The wine is then stored for another year in used, 450-litre, Cognac barrels, which rounds out the palette with notes of caramel.
Tasting notes from the judges of the Sommelier Wine Awards 2020
'A juicy and refreshing wine with a clean finish - you could have more than one glass.' Rémi Cousin, Le Gavroche. 'Some very figgy pudding, dried fruit with brandy and toasted Christmas pudding notes. There's cinnamon, clove and allspice, with a rich and sweet palate, joined by some brisk acidity.' Nigel Lister St. Swithins Wine Shippers.
Producer Profile Frederiksdal
The estate dates back to 1305 with the white main building being built in 1756. Frederiksdal becoming a winery happened almost by accident. Estate owner, Harald Krabbe had 24 hectares of Stevnsbaer cherries, which were sold to the fruit juice industry. One day Harald received a visit from chef Jan Friis-Mikkelsen and journalist Morten Brink Iwersen, who had heard of the excellent cherries of the region - and who had vast knowledge of wine production. The three men made a decision. In the future, the excellent cherries were to be refined at Frederiksdal. Harald set out to learn more about wine production by visiting some of the very best winemakers in Europe. Together, the three men have developed new methods for production of cherry wine, which many wine reviewers have hailed as a breakthrough for Danish wine production. And today there is a total of 44 hectares of Stevnsbaer cherries at Frederiksdal. The location of the estate on Lolland's westernmost top, right next to the Langeland Strait, is ideal for cherry production. The climate is perfect. The sun is reflected in the sea. Winter is mild and spring comes early. This all contributes to a long growing season, resulting in great flavours and complexity of the cherries. Only the small, black Danish Stevnbaer cherry, referred to by fruit experts as the Nordic grape are, in turn, excellent for wine production. Stevnbaer cherries are found in several parts of Northern Europe, but the Danish berries are the very best.