Duo Two - Firm & Assertive
In Top-Drop Duos we showcase some of the lesser-seen bottles on our list, some of the rarities we rarely showcase in tastings and some of our most prized cuvées.
Duo Two is about wines of power and immediacy. At Modal Wines we're not about the big & bold or the over-the-top. Quite the opposite. Rather, these are wines with very defined and strong flavour profiles that delight upon the first sip.
Featured here (left to right):
(Cahors, France) La Calmette - L'Espace Bleu Entre Les Nuages 2017
100% Malbec, and one of this estate's three prized single-parcel wines. The wine was aged in old barrels for nearly two years before bottling. It is structured and dense, but still tense, bursting with energy and with unexpected freshness. Gorgeously perfumed, this is a remarkable red wine. Domaine La Calmette was started in 2015 by Maya & Nicolas, a talented couple who bring not only a thorough knowledge of viticulture but also a meticulously researched scientific backbone to their natural wines. Explosive, bursting with life and vibrancy.
(Goriška Brda, Slovenia) Atelier Kramar - Bohem 2017
Made from the local Tocai Friulano grape, this is a white wine with mouth-filling texture, gorgeous sweet spice and white peach aromatics, and a mineral finish that goes on and on and on. The wine sees three days of skin contact but doesn't pick up much colour. Bottled after 18 months in old barrels. A wine with a strong character but that stays fresh at 12% abv. A must-taste. Made by former artists Katja and Matjaz, who built their dream atelier in the picturesque Brda region and eventually fell into winemaking full time. Wines rooted in local tradition but with a modern expression and real elegance.