Exploring Via Caritatis ‘Vox Domini’ Ventoux Rosé from Provence
In the heart of the Papal Provence, perched at a height of 300 to 350 metres above sea level, between Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail chain, the vineyards benefit from a magnificent site and climate. Part of the Ventoux AOP, the vineyards extend from the eastern ridge of the Dentelles de Montmirail, which overlooks the little village of Suzette, to the northwest foothills of the Giant of Provence (Mont Ventoux). United by a wish to revive their region’s winemaking history and support local winemakers, the monks of the Abbey Sainte-Madeleine du Barroux and the local cooperative, Beaumont de Ventoux, joined forces in 2015 to create a range of wines from their combined 30 hectares of vineyards. The quality of the grapes and the impressive community partnership attracted the attention of the illustrious Rhône oenologist Phillipe Cambie, who has since become consultant winemaker for Via Caritatis.
Notes on Via Caritatis
The Grenache and Syrah grapes were hand harvested in the middle of September and subjected to a rigorous sorting process upon arrival at the winery. The grapes underwent direct pressing at low pressure. Fermentation at low temperature then took place in concrete tanks, after which the wine rested on fine lees for six months with occasional bâttonage, to add texture and complexity to the wine.
Via Caritatis is a vegan wine that has a refreshing lift of acidity with aromas of wild strawberry and white blossom. On the palate there are flavours of pink grapefruit, wild strawberry and peppercorn. There is a good acidity in this wine which means that, not only is it lovely as an aperitif, it will also pair well with food such as grilled vegetables, smoked salmon and seafood.