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Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2019

Chenin Blanc 2019

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of green
Nose: Lemon biscuit, vanilla pod spice and dusty yellow apples, aniseed and pineapple confit
Palate: The wine has a lots of fruit with natural acid and a long lingering finish

The grapes were sourced from two 35 to 40 year old bush vine vineyard from Stellenbosch yielding about 3 tons per hectare.

The grapes were hand harvested between 22.5 and 23 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the cellar where they were stored overnight in a cold container. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, then cold settled and racked into untoasted barrels. 100% was naturally fermented in barrel and after fermentation the wine stayed on its fine lees for 9 months, no malolactic fermentation and no filtration was done.

The wine was bottled on the 31th January 2020 and only 2590 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Chardonnay 2018

Chardonnay 2018

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of green
Nose: A touch of vanilla with lime and pistachio
Palate: The wine has a hint of oak and fresh acidity with a long lingering finish

The grapes were sourced from two different vineyards in Elgin which is known for its cool climate giving the wines a good acidity.

The grapes were hand harvested at 22 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the cellar. The grapes were then whole bunch pressed and 100% fermented naturally in 1st, 2nd and 3rd fill French, Romanian and Hungarian oak barrels for 11 months. The wine only did 25% malolactic fermentation to keep its freshness and primary fruit flavours.

The wine was bottled on the 5th August 2019 and only 4040 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Chardonnay Single Vineyard 2016

Chardonnay Single Vineyard

Colour: Light yellow with a tinge of green
Nose: A touch of vanilla with nectarine and ginger
Palate: The wine has a hint of oak with a fresh acidity and long lingering minerality on the finish

The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard in the cool Elgin region. The vineyard is only one hectare and was planted on Table Mountain Shale soil.
Migliarina Wines is the only producer receiving grapes from this vineyard and only the best portion is selected for the Single Vineyard Chardonnay.

The grapes are hand harvested at 22.5 balling and delivered in small lug boxes to the cellar. The grapes are whole bunch pressed and fermented naturally in barrel. After fermentation the wine was racked and matured in French and Hungarian barrels and matured for 14 months. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation to keep its freshness and primary fruit flavour. The wine was not protein stabilised, cold stabilised or filtered.

The wine was bottled on the 25th January 2018 and only 2595 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Equilibrium 2019

Equilibrium 2019

Colour: Rich yellow with a tinge of green on the rim
Nose: Quince, floral and tangerine flavours
Palate: The wine has intense fruit flavours with a rich mouthfeel

The grapes were sourced from four different vineyards, planted on different soils depending the location of the vineyard in the greater Stellenbosch region.

The grapes were hand harvested at different balling’s and delivered in small lug boxes to the winery where they were refrigerated in a cool container overnight. The grapes were whole bunch pressed, then settled over night and the juice was racked to shaven barrels where natural fermentation was done. After fermentation the wine stayed on its fine lees for 9 months in barrel for mouth feel and complexity. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation, no protein or cold stabilisation nor filtration was done.

The wine was bottled on the 19th of September 2019 and only 2820 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Grenache 2017

Grenache 2017

Colour: Light ruby red
Nose: Perfumed with sweet raspberry, spice and a touch of black cherry
Palate: Soft, yet firm tannins with a velvety mid palate and lasting forest berry finish

The grapes for this wine were sourced from a single vineyard in Wellington.

The grapes were harvested at 23 balling in lug boxes. In the cellar the grapes were fermented at between 18 and 22 degrees for 7 days on the skins and malo-lactic fermentation was done in tank. The wine was matured in shaven French barrels to ensure micro oxidation and polymerisation of the tannins with minimal wood.

This wine was bottled November 2017 and is very young at the moment. Only bottles 4430 were produced.

 

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Migliarina Parquet 2016

Parquet 2016

Colour: Dark ruby red with a youthful purple rim
Nose: Sandalwood, black pepper corns, savoury cured meats and black berry and plum
Palate: The wine has modern, fresh fruit, perfectly pieced together with subtle, silky tannins

The Syrah was sourced from two vineyards in Stellenbosch (Helderberg), the Carignan is from Swartland and the Grenache from Wellington.

The grapes were harvested at 23 to 24 balling depending on the vineyard. In the cellar the Syrah was fermented quite cold and spent 9 weeks on the skins including Malo-lactic fermentation. The Carignan was fermented in an open fermenter and the Grenache was cold fermented and pressed after fermentation was completed. The wine was matured in French, Hungarian and Romanian oak barrels for 14 months, no protein or cold stabilisation nor filtration were done.

The wine was bottled on the 21th of November 2017 and only 4363 bottles were produced.

 

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Syrah 2017

Colour: Dark ruby red with a youthful purple rim.
Nose: Blackberry, iodine, coriander seed and lavender, as well as subtle hints of wild strawberry.
Palate: Soft, yet firm tannins with a creamy mid palate and a lasting forest berry finish.

The grapes for this wine were sourced from one single vineyard in Stellenbosch (Helderberg) region.

The grapes were harvested at 24 balling and naturally fermented at between 13 and 18 degrees with a 63 days skin contact. Malo-lactic fermentation was done on the skins. The wine was matured in French, Hungarian and Romanian oak barrels for 14 months.

This wine was bottled on the 22nd of November 2018 and only 2030 bottles were produced.

 

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Migliarina Syrah Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Syrah/Cabernet 2015

Colour: Dark ruby red with a youthful purple rim.
Nose: Pure focused blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry fruit
Palate: The palate is fresh with dense fruit and a substantial tannin structure

The grapes for this wine were sourced from different vineyards in Stellenbosch.

The grapes were harvested at 23 to 24 balling depending on the vineyard. In the cellar the grapes were fermented at between 16 and 22 degrees with an average of 45 days skin contact. The wine did malo-lactic fermentation on the skins and was afterwards matured in French, Romanian and Hungarian oak barrels for 14 months.

This wine was bottled August 2016 and is very young at the moment. Only 1440 bottles + 147 magnums were produced.

 

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Migliarina White Pack

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Migliarina Chardonnay 2018
'The 2018 Chardonnay is light yellow with a tinge of green. There is a touch of vanilla with lime and pistachio on the nose. The wine has a hint of oak and fresh acidity with a long lingering finish. 100% natural ferment in barrel (only 10% new oak), no filtration, fining or cold stabilization.' – Carsten Migliarina
Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2019
'The 2019 explodes with primary fruit, white pear, orchard blossom; fragrant and clean. There is a hint of creamy, almost porcelain-like smells linking with notes of almond paste and suggesting an alluring richness to follow. This richness stays composed with a mineral line balancing the textural mouthfeel, ending with a surprising length and salty lick. There is a nice creamy weight to the wine cleaned out by a pithy satisfying bitter bite at the end. There is so much character here, delicious and moreish.' – James Pietersen (April 2020)
Migliarina Equilibrium 2019
'The colour is a rich yellow with a tinge of green on the rim. There are quince, floral and tangerine flavours on the nose. The wine has intense fruit flavours with a rich mouthfeel.' – Carsten Migliarina

 

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Migliarina Red Pack

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Migliarina Grenache 2017
'100% Varietal Grenache, single vineyard aged 7 months in shaven oak, untoasted. Inoculated, whole berry, destemmed, cold fermented (max 13 to 20 deg) taking 3 weeks to finish fermentation. Incredibly pretty wine with fragrant raspberry, strawberry, red cherry perfume notes with an almost Cinsault-like Turkish delight, marzipan, parma violets and blood orange lift. Carsten’s mantra is not to 'spoil' the wine with too much savoury sappy spice and oak, hence no whole bunch and the obsessive focus on purity, precision and perfume. The saline, cassis, oyster shell notes are incredible. A profound expression.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93/100
Migliarina Parquet 2016
'84% Syrah, 7% Carignan, 9% Grenache. Syrah 8 to 10 weeks on skins, 2017 Grenache blended in. One barrel of Swartland Carignan 2016. Beautiful dark, alluring wine with sweet black pepper corns, savoury cured meats, black berry spice, black olive and black plum style that eventually meanders back to brightness and purity with the use of the 2017 Grenache addition. Another crystalline style, total focus and purity, with component parts beautifully pieced together. So cool, pure and fresh, with great precision that is a manifestation of Carstens own personality. Lovely wine.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93+/100
Migliarina Syrah 2017
'Single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch, tight tannins, red berries, iodine and lavender. Very northern Rhone (St Joseph) style Syrah. Would decant, still a bit young but stunning fruit.' – Carsten Migliarina

 

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Migliarina Mixed 6 Pack

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Migliarina Chardonnay 2018
'The 2018 Chardonnay is light yellow with a tinge of green. There is a touch of vanilla with lime and pistachio on the nose. The wine has a hint of oak and fresh acidity with a long lingering finish. 100% natural ferment in barrel (only 10% new oak), no filtration, fining or cold stabilization.' – Carsten Migliarina
Migliarina Chenin Blanc 2019
'The 2019 explodes with primary fruit, white pear, orchard blossom; fragrant and clean. There is a hint of creamy, almost porcelain-like smells linking with notes of almond paste and suggesting an alluring richness to follow. This richness stays composed with a mineral line balancing the textural mouthfeel, ending with a surprising length and salty lick. There is a nice creamy weight to the wine cleaned out by a pithy satisfying bitter bite at the end. There is so much character here, delicious and moreish.' – James Pietersen (April 2020)
Migliarina Equilibrium 2019
'The colour is a rich yellow with a tinge of green on the rim. There are quince, floral and tangerine flavours on the nose. The wine has intense fruit flavours with a rich mouthfeel.' – Carsten Migliarina
Migliarina Grenache 2017
'100% Varietal Grenache, single vineyard aged 7 months in shaven oak, untoasted. Inoculated, whole berry, destemmed, cold fermented (max 13 to 20 deg) taking 3 weeks to finish fermentation. Incredibly pretty wine with fragrant raspberry, strawberry, red cherry perfume notes with an almost Cinsault-like Turkish delight, marzipan, parma violets and blood orange lift. Carsten’s mantra is not to 'spoil' the wine with too much savoury sappy spice and oak, hence no whole bunch and the obsessive focus on purity, precision and perfume. The saline, cassis, oyster shell notes are incredible. A profound expression.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93/100
Migliarina Parquet 2016
'84% Syrah, 7% Carignan, 9% Grenache. Syrah 8 to 10 weeks on skins, 2017 Grenache blended in. One barrel of Swartland Carignan 2016. Beautiful dark, alluring wine with sweet black pepper corns, savoury cured meats, black berry spice, black olive and black plum style that eventually meanders back to brightness and purity with the use of the 2017 Grenache addition. Another crystalline style, total focus and purity, with component parts beautifully pieced together. So cool, pure and fresh, with great precision that is a manifestation of Carstens own personality. Lovely wine.' – Greg Sherwood MW, 93+/100
Migliarina Syrah 2017
'Single vineyard Syrah from Stellenbosch, tight tannins, red berries, iodine and lavender. Very northern Rhone (St Joseph) style Syrah. Would decant, still a bit young but stunning fruit.' – Carsten Migliarina

 

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SOUTH AFRICA

Carsten Migliarina

Tel: +27 72 233 4138
Skype: carsten.migliarina
Email: carsten@migliarina.co.za


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NAMIBIA

Wineology

Website: www.wineologycc.com


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GERMANY

Starweine

Tel: +49 7121 9393 589
Fax: +49 7121 9393 591
Mobile: +49 170 783 11 78
Email: info@starweine.com
Website: www.starweine.com


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UNITED KINGDOM

Yapp Brothers ltd

Tel: 01747 860423
Email: Sales@Yapp.co.uk
Website: www.yapp.co.uk


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REUNION

Les Saveurs D'Afrique Du Sud

Tel: +262 692 706525
Email: paul.de.clercq@gmail.com
Website: facebook.com/saveurs.dafriquedusud


Migliarina History



THEN
Migliarina Wines was founded by Carsten Migliarina in 2002 when he produced his first wine under his own label. Starting very small, the first production consisted of a Sauvignon Blanc and a Shiraz, both from Franschhoek. The Shiraz was matured in a friends garage.

“Often at tastings I am asked “where are you” in the context of where my estate is, my reply “right in front of you”. I do not own a wine farm, I am not unhappy about this as it allows me the freedom to source the best grapes from the best vineyards I can find.”

NOW
The Migliarina Wines range has expanded considerably since the first production in 2002. Currently cultivars include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Grenache, Riesling and Shiraz. Grapes are sourced from around the Western Cape and wine is produced in rented cellar space in two different boutique cellars.

Wines are exported to Namibia, Reunion, Europe, Australia, the USA and China and are sold locally in top restaurants and specialised wine shops.

WINEMAKING
Elegant clean wines are the hallmark of the Migliarina brand. All wines are individually hand crafted from some of the best vineyards in the Cape region with exceptional care being taken in preserving varietal and fruit character. Keeping it simple in the cellar with minimum intervention is the basis for ensuring that the wines are fruit driven and elegant.

“Winemaking is a creative process and having an established range of wines limits you in some aspects. I therefore try to make one new wine from a different varietal each year, allowing me the freedom to express my creativity.”

ABOUT CARSTEN
Born in Namibia and raised in South-Africa, Carsten’s interest in all things wine started at the tender age of 14 when he attempted to ferment table grapes. Pursuing his passion for wine, he spent 10 years in the catering industry as sommelier, including Le Pont de la Tour in London and the Grande Roche in Paarl and then earned his winemaking stripes as contract winemaker in South-Africa, Germany and Romania and of course making his own wine. His most recent winemaking adventure took him to China, where he participated in the Ningxia Wine Challenge.

“I did not study winemaking, I have been very fortunate to meet fantastic winemakers willing to share their knowledge and I have been thrown in the deep end quite a few times. If you are passionate about what you do and if you are willing to work hard, you can succeed in this industry.”

Carsten Migliarina

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...when you’re privileged enough to be tasting some of the best chardonnays SA has to offer side by side. SOMM, Posted on April 24, 2018

"And then there was Elgin... Paul Cluver Estate Chardonnay serves as the first reference point with ripe lemon and pear as well as that beautifully crunchy acidity but to really understand the region one must look at wines like Migliarina, Iona and Almenkerk. Ripe and expressive with aromas of candied orange rind, fleshy white pears and an unmistakable earthy perfume held together with poise by that lip smacking mountain acidity."

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Another Sensational Run of Boutique Wines from Carsten Migliarina, April 20, 2018 ~ Greg Sherwood .

"I recently caught up with winemaker Carsten Migliarina to taste through his new releases. Always working on a variety of different wines that usually includes a Grenache and a Syrah, Carsten also normally has at least one new one-off boutique experimental bottling on the go at any time."

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Another World of Wine published in Madame AirFrance by Olivier Reneau Jan 2018.

"...More importantly for oenophiles, some of South Africa's winemakers are true visionaries. Like Johan Reyneke, a pioneer of biodynamics, or Nico Van der Merwe and Carsten Migliarina, both known for producing wines of impressive complexity. Thus putting to rest any preconceptions about so-called New World wines..."

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Tasting the Maiden Release of Carsten Migliarina’s 2015 Single Vineyard Elgin Chardonnay… published by Greg Sherwood 20 May 2017.

"South Africa’s Carsten Migliarina has made some superb Chardonnays in the past, so it was with great excitement that I tasted his new single vineyard expression from Elgin. His wine making reputation is growing by the day and so are his awards. He also works masterfully with cool climate terroirs as evidenced in the precision of his Elgin Chenin Blancs, Riesling and of course Chardonnay.

At 14 Abv, you’d expect this wine to show some depth and power… and of course it does. The nose is beautifully complex with green apple skins, tart crunchy green pears and dusty minerality. But the oaking is also perfectly judged for the weight of the fruit concentration. On the nose it’s very subtle with bruleed creme caramel hints and lemon pie brightness. The oaking on the palate, at this stage, is a little more obvious, but definitely very high quality. Even with the multiple layers of pithy lemon confit, honeydew melon and caramelised fig notes, Carsten’s signature minerality prevails, dominating the finish with a real classical restraint and dusty, gravelly, Schweppes bitter lemon intensity. A fantastic expression with all the old world minerality of a top Umbrian or Friuli cool climate Chardonnay. Drink from 2018 to 2025."

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