Throughout our journey in the world of wine, we connect to like minded winemakers and vignerons that share in the similar philosophies, their sense of place, geographical similarities and intentions that reflect in a similar path of our very own.
Laurence Féraud of Domaine du Pagau has been connected with Ulithorne’s owners through sharing the same South East Asian Distributors for years. This connection has developed a sense of kinship that shares in a friendship and knowledge from one another and it is with this opportunity that we can share these small parcels of hand crafted wines with our Ulithorne loyalists.
The wines of the Southern Rhone and McLaren Vale are paralleled with similar climates and geography producing wines of globally recognised style and intensity. It is from the Southern Rhone and Laurence Firaud that we take note of their style that influences our own style through our sense of place, for our own wines from McLaren Vale.
Laurence Féraud owns and manages Domaine du Pegau, the iconic Châteauneuf‐du‐Pape estate, with her father Paul. Laurence’s expertise and strong network of contacts in the Southern Rhône Valley give her access to top‐quality fruit and wines, which she selects and bottles under her label for Ulithorne in Australia, “Selection Laurence Féraud”. This range consistently deliver outstanding value and some of the best wines in the region.
This classic Côtes du Rhône offers densely layered black and red fruit aromas with a characteristic spiciness on the nose. Medium bodied on the palate, with ripe tannins, plenty of black cherry fruit, and a long, lingering finish.
BUY ONLINE – A small allocation is available through Ulithorne wines.
Southern Rhone Valley
As the Rhône river passes Montélimar, the valley flattens and widens. The Southern Rhône Valley is windswept, arid, and warm; it is covered with large swaths of vineyard and garrigue—a Mediterranean scrub of lavender, rosemary, thyme, and other shrubbery.
The Southern Rhône Valley produces nearly 95% of the entire region’s wines, and nearly all of it is red. Blends are common, and Grenache is usually the dominant component. Basic examples of the style are produced as Côtes du Rhône AOC, the region’s largest appellation. Good quality examples may carry the name of an AOC like Gigondas or Vacqueyras; however, the Southern Rhône’s premier appellation is Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
The AOC, which takes its name from a castle constructed by Pope John XXII in the early 14th century, authorizes over a dozen red and white varieties for its wines, but in practice most reds from the appellation are composed of Grenache, with lesser amounts of Mourvèdre, Syrah, Counoise and Cinsault.
In addition to red and white wine, the Southern Rhône Valley produces rosés and fortified wines from Muscat and Grenache.
Laurence Feraud’s – Domaine Du Pegau in Châteauneuf-du-Pape.