"First you learn an instrument, then you learn the music, then you forget all that s**t and just play." - Charlie Parker
Blending is a dark art; the mystery of transmuting two different wines into one and becoming better than either of the two that made it. Orchestral rather than solo, and with as much depth, complexity and originality as we can summon. Our mixes may sometimes confound but they should always entertain, and above all bring pleasure. Dark Arts keeps the spirit of experimentation alive and pushes our understanding of wine and what makes it.
While the method may be a mystery the components are not. Every single percent in the bottle is listed on it. Each variety graphically rendered to form the label itself. We believe there can be greater pleasure from wine through understanding its makeup and origin.
Evocative and elegant, a Pagoda is a multi-tiered tower, often with a high degree of ornamentation. Our Aroma Pagoda is much the same – layers of exotic aromatics, structured yet elegant, a temple to flavour.
"Whilst at the winery I was introduced to Agent Provocateur. She excited me. I'm one to push boundaries, but never have I done this before. "Who is she?" You ask. Agent Provocacteur is a rare blend. She has a very distinct character, a truly unique beauty."
There is nothing quite like the thrill of seeing the unexpected triumph over the norm – no less spectacular than watching a man in a jumpsuit leap 19 cars on a Harley and stick the landing. What could easily be seen as no more than a publicity stunt is actually a true and death-defying leap into the unknown; and to amazing effect. It’s not as crazy as you may think, or maybe it is.
Either way, it works.
In a Three Card Monte, as hard as the mark tries to choose a winning card from three, the dealer always wins. We have turned this on its head by using only winning cards, so that the real trick is not which but how well all three go together. A neat trick where every one’s a winner.
From that irrefutable source of Gospel Truth: Wikipedia… “A black operation or black op is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law.” Under these conditions, if you think you’re going to get lots of “Background” information, think again, Sunshine…
If you are a wine geek, you know of ‘co-fermentation’; a process in which two varieties (in this case, red Shiraz and white Viognier) are picked on the same day and blended at the crusher. This produces a result quite different to blending finished wines. The tannin and fragrance of the small amount of Viognier are amplified by the process, and the resultant wine is more fragrant and shows greater depth and even-ness of tannin structure than we’d otherwise see. (We swiped the idea from the French.)