International Women's Day is on the 8th March and is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, so we would like to big up two of the incredibly talented female winemakers with their wines on our shelves.
The first of our inspirational women is Pascale Rivière who is the winemaker for La Jasse Castel from the Languedoc. Pascale puts her energetic drive and determination into all of her wines, and she has a very clear vision of what she wants to achieve. She has created one of the most interesting estates in the Languedoc, Domaine La Jasse Castel, was created in 1997. The first vines acquired, planted in the early 1980s, are the highest in Montpeyroux, a site battered by the winds where only a few new winegrowers, led by their dreams, venture out. Standing up against the winds, La Jasse Castel looks over the Hérault valley, and watches over the vines planted at its feet. Pascale uses natural yeasts with tiny levels of sulphites. We currently have a number of Pascale’s wines in store and one of our personal favourites is the white El Abanico. The El Abanico is an oxidative white of immense concentration and power, and superb acidity. Definitely a wine to nurse in a large glass, to get the most out of those complex pine-nut and pine resin scents. We also stock her La Pimpanela which is a relatively light and feminine Syrah blend, but with great depth and bursting with red fruit. Wines from this region can sometimes be over powering, but Pascale has managed to make this wine charmingly delicate yet still full of energy. The wine is structured with round tannins and tremendous depths of fruit……Always with Pascale’s hallmark femininity.
As we cross the seas over to South Africa we have the lovely Natasha Williams who is a dynamic young female winemaker from the small town of Saron on the Western Cape. From a young age she felt an affinity for science and nature, making winemaking a natural study choice. After spending time abroad - completing a harvest in California and travelling through France. Natasha was inspired to start her own label: Lelie van Saron. The name is in Afrikaans and makes reference to her hometowns flower. Natasha's approach to winemaking is simple: make wine with a pure expression of the terroir and grape variety, using natural methods. The result is elegant, honest wines from a cool climate.
We cannot get enough of her Chardonnay! The nose shows fragrant lemon and lime, with limestone minerality and delicate hints of oak. The palate displays excellent varietal purity with a linear, steely structure balanced by ripe lemon, melon and stone fruit. A long finish with lingering tropical fruit.
So lets put our hands together for just two of our female winemakers that have both produced something exceptional in different climates and different parts of the world; a fine example of what women are achieving in this industry.
Happy International Women’s Day!
The Nysa Team (Emma, Celia, Amelia, and the guys)