Women are increasingly discovering the pleasure a career in wine can bring.So here are some of the most influential and successful women securing some bumper harvests...
FRANCAIS FOR ROSE
Undeniably feminine, a coral pink rose such as Isabelle Pangault’s Vallee Des Pins Rose 2013, Coteaux d’Aix en Provence, France (£9.99, Majestic) is the perfect choice for sipping under a shimmering blue sky. But don’t be fooled by the characteristically pale colour, Pangault is an authority on terroir and her rose is beautifully structured and full of flavour with a gorgeous nose of strawberry preserves, exotic fruit flavours and good acidity on the fresh, clean finish.
BLENDED TO PERFECTION
There’s always a lot riding on a new vintage and release, and Yealands Estate PGR Aromatic Blend 2013, Awaterre Valley, New Zealand (£12.99, www.nywines.co.uk) is made by Tamra Kelly Washington, known for her world-class, aromatic white wines from the Awatere Valley in the southern part of Marlborough, New Zealand. A blend of pinot gris, riesling and gewurztraminer, it’s off-dry and fragrant with delightful notes of lychee, apricot, peach and pear, with citrus for balance and a mouthwatering finish with pleasant acidity.
AUSTRALIA’S LEADING LIGHT
Celebrating 21 years with Wynns, Sue Hodder is one of Australia’s best known winemakers, and her Wynns Black Label Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2008, Australia (£15.99, Waitrose) is characterized by intense, black fruit (only the top 20 to 25% of cabernet fruit goes into the vintage), a hint of eucalyptus with fruitcake notes and a complex core of blackcurrant with a rich mouthfeel rounded off by a touch of oak. A big wine that more than delivers.
SPECTACULAR RUBY RED
American women lead the way in the world of female winemakers and Elizabeth Vianna is the powerhouse behind Chimney Rock’s consistently good Chimney Rock Cabernet Sauvignon 2009, Stag’s Leap District, California, USA (£35, www.Cellarviewines.com). Rich and opulent, this is a serious cabernet sauvignon with a Bordeaux influence and an enticing mix of cherry, blackberry, blueberry, mocha and cedar flavours with a soft, seductive finish.
With so many South American bottles on the shelves, it may come as little surprise that Chilean women are making their mark on the wine scene. At the forefront, Cecilia Torres of Santa Rita has travelled the world to become one of the most powerful women in wine and her Santa Rita 120 Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, Chile (£8.99, www.winerack.co.uk) is a glorious example of how this viticultural paradise produces rich and robust reds laced with buckets of ripe, black fruits and smooth, soft tannins.