Treaty Port Vineyards The Debutante Qiushan Valley 2016
A fresh Grenache Noir lead Rosé wine with a touch of aromatic Muscat from an emerging Chinese wine region
The Debutante is a primarily Grenache Noir lead Rosé wine with a touch of aromatic Muscat, the resulting style is fresh and luscious with flavours of strawberry, cherry and rose water. The palate is rounded with good weight, and balanced with a soft acidity. This is a perfect wine to match with slightly spicy dishes such as traditional Szechuan cuisine.
Treaty Port Vineyards was established by englishman Chris Ruffle, an Oxford graduate and businessman with a degree in Chinese philosophy who planted his first vines in Qiushan Valley, Penglai, Shandong Province, China in 2005. Along with planting vineyards, the first in the Qiushan Valley, Chris also built a full scale Scottish style castle which acts as both winery and boutique hotel. The Shandong peninsula borders the Bohai Sea to the north and the Yellow Sea to the south, with Penglai being on the southern coast on the Gulf of Bohai, this city was once one of the 'treaty ports' through which foreign traders could enter the Chinese empire which is where 'Treaty Port Vineyards' has derived it's name.
The journey to making wines in this area has not been without its challenges for Chris (which he details in his book 'A Decent Bottle of Wine in China'), as unlike in Ningxia where the Chinese government has actively encouraged the growth of various vineyards, no such history was in place here. The quality of the wines is testement to Chris' will to establish a winery in Qiushan Valley, and fully justified since his new(ish) next door neighbours are none other than Château Lafite Rothschild.