2018 Pietradolce Etna Rosso + Cashel Shepherds Store
Wine + Harper & Blohm Cheese
Shepherd’s Store is a traditional, European style semi-hard cheese handmade from 100% Irish Friesland sheep’s milk and only made during the traditional lactation period from February to September. Each wheel weighs as much as 5 kilos and represents approximately 50 litres of milk – the equivalent of one days milking from 30 sheep. During maturation, Shepherd’s Store is washed and turned by hand every week for 6 months, until it reaches a balanced flavour and is ready to enjoy. The resulting cheese offers a with a full flavour, smooth texture and a complex mix of both savoury and gentle, sweet notes. More reminiscent to the Pyrenees style cheeses than Manchego or Pecorino, this is a distinctly Irish traditional farmhouse cheese.
The 2018 Pietradolce Etna Rosso is 100% organic Nerello Mascalese from a single vineyard near the village of Castiglione di Sicilia. These are from younger vines, only 40-50 years old!
Clear and bright, light garnet, with cherries, marzipan and prosciutto. Lively and fresh palate, with sour cherry, ripe tomato, almond, dark chocolate and quinine notes. Becomes more perfumed and sweeter berry fruit, vanilla, cedar and rosemary aromas emerge.
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