Sourced from vineyards within the La Clape appellation, a small segment of the Languedoc region, this wine is named for the Bonelli’s eagle, which has made a home in this quiet part of the world. On the palate, this effusive red shows flavors of cherry, plum and fig, along with savory hints of thyme, rosemary and sage — herbs that grow wild among the shrubs surrounding the vines. Sublime food pairings include lamb and herb-seasoned red meats that echo the nuances of the wine.
Romeo Bragato was an Austria-Hunagrian viticulturist who studied New Zealand extensively from 1894 to 1908, identifying many grape varieties and regions suitable for winemaking. It would take about 80 more years before his recommendations were followed, many of them proven correct.