- The Wine
The wine is first allowed a 10 day meceration which gives it tremendous depth of colour and extract. The "Paradis", the first juice to run off from the winemaking process, is intensely fruity and at this stage light in alcohol, around 9% ABV. The precise production method is kept secret, but involves boosting the overall alcoholic strength to around 15% which has the effect of stopping further fermentation.
Rikiki has the essential character of a powerful Beaujolais Cru yet there is much, much more to this drink - it has an intensity of flavour not normally found in a Beaujolais. It has good depth of colour and a rich powerful nose of red and black fruit, including blackcurrant and redcurrant. On the palate, it is fruity and very rich with a little sweetness resulting from the arrested fermentation. Best served cold at 6-7°C as an apéritif. Also makes an excellent companion for cholcolate-flavoured desserts or with melon. This is not a wine you would want to drink a whole bottle of at a single sitting, it's probably too rich for that, but in moderation it's lovely.
It can be drunk young but equally can be aged for 10+ years.
Most unusual and well worth trying.
Ben says (August 2017): Rich, balsamic strawberries on the nose give the expectation of a very sticky wine but be prepared for a surprise. The wine is lighter than you expect and very smooth indeed. Gorgeous!
- Additional Information
Product code 33MY04 Bottle Size 0.75 Winemaker Domaine Matray Featured Themes Last Chance, Mature Vintage Available Style Red, Single Variety, Sweet, Still Variety Gamay Country France Region(s) Beaujolais Ripeness Normal Closure Natural Cork Vintages 2005, 2015, NV Last Tasted 23 Aug 2017 885 vintage: 2005 size: 0.75 stock: 6 available from London Warehouse
4 available from Alpine Wines HQ
product code:  alcohol: 15 last checked in: 2017-08-23 vintage: 2015 size: 0.75 stock: 11 available from London Warehouse
product code:  alcohol: 15 last checked in: 2017-10-17
size: 0.75 vintage: 2005 stock: 6 available from London Warehouse
4 available from Alpine Wines HQ cellar
product code:  closure: Natural Cork variety: Gamay alcohol: 15 last checked in: 2017-08-23
size: 0.75 vintage: 2015 stock: 11 available from London Warehouse
product code:  closure: Natural Cork variety: Gamay alcohol: 15 last checked in: 2017-10-17