The Gallery: Now stocking ROKA wines!!!

Short film-Roka winery from Liam Cabot on Vimeo.

Local heroes and wine lovers, Liam and Sinead Cabot manage 1.5 hectares of vines across three varieties: Sipon (Furmint), Laski Riesling and Modra Frankinja (Blaufränkisch). All ferment spontaneously with natural yeasts and most in small 500L open wood fermenters. Rigorous work in the vineyard and minimal intervention in the cellar are the two key principles behind the winemaking. Vine density is 4,000 vines per hectare, with very low yields – often just 1kg to 1.5kg per vine. Wild deer and rabbits roam freely in the vineyards – although the deer are not always so welcome! Soils are heavy clay that run deep, with pockets of sandstone and patches of limestone. Beneath these are the sediments of the old Pannonic Sea and it’s not unusual to find fossils and old rocks from the sea bed.

ROKA WHITE:
Liam and Sinead Cabot’s Slovenian venture. Hand-picked, minimal intervention in the cellar, natural yeasts, spontaneous fermentation in open wooden fermenters. Aged in stainless steel on fine lees for a year. Bottled without fining or filtering.

Riesling-like elegance, focus and rapier intensity on the nose. Pickled lime and ginger. Such a stunning depth of flavour that the hair on my arms stood up when I first tasted this. Salty and lime and wax and lanolin with the sweet-tang vibrancy of apricots picked straight off the tree. A little hint of green fig, and the ginger-root warmth (but not alcoholic heat) prickling through the palate. Rounded but so precise and with razor-edge definition. Cardamom-spiked lime peel lingers on the finish for a long time. (TC)

ROKA RED:
‘Roka’ means hand in Slovenian. Manual work in the vineyard, hand-harvested, spontaneous fermentation with natural yeasts in open wooden fermenters. Aged in 500-litre oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled without fining or filtering. Made by Liam and Sinead Cabot of Cabot & Co Fine Wines in Ireland. Their crazy adventure.

Beautifully soft black-cherry and pot-pourri nose, so soft and lovely that you want to rub your cheek against it – if red velvet has a smell, this is it. Wonderful juicy intensity that explodes in the mouth with just a smoky hint of star anise and clove. Then a little crescendo of real biting spiciness – chilli and ginger and Szechuan pepper. Fine, tight, glossy tannins that fit the fruit like a second skin. Absolutely delicious. (TC)

These are currently my two favourite wines! Available here at The Gallery for both on and off sale and delicious to drink with or without food.

Do call in and sample some…

Tom

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