‘Filles de Mai’ from Consolation is made exclusively from Macabeu and showcases the potential of this misunderstood grape variety. Macabeu is considered a very productive grape variety and in Spain, where it is commonly called Viura, it produces fresh, cheerful bulk wine. This is a different wine, one made from low yields and in tiny quantities. It is beautifully dry and aromatic wine with tropical fruit and an amazing elegance. Well worth discovering.
Andy Cook lived and worked in St Andrews for many years before moving to New Zealand to study the art of wine making. After a few years honing his skills there he settled in the picturesque town of Collioure in south east France. This is Basque country, rugged and beautiful, just like the man himself. Andy now has a new purpose built, modern winery which was built in partnership with legendary Roussillon producer, Phillip Gard of Coume de Mas. He always has several projects on the go but his main focus is Mas Cristine, an old estate which produces classic Cotes de Roussillon wines. Tramontane wines which focuses on easy drinking Southern French varietals and Consolation Wines which are small production wines made from the best parcels each year.