A very personal wine for me as I first planted Grenache grapes in 2006 at Kiln House Vineyard and have been waiting ever since for this day to be able to make this wine.
Hand picked, hand sorted, lots of Grenache were destemmed and whole berry fermented in small 1 ton open topped fermenters. After a 72hr cold soak, the ferment was warmed and inoculated using selected yeast strains. The ferments were punched down by hand 4-6 times daily and then pressed directly into 3rd fill French oak barrels. After malolactic fermentation it was aged for an additional 6 months on lees before being racked, blended and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Ready to drink now but the Vino-lok glass closure that was used to close this wine should ensure varietal freshness for many years to come without any risk of cork taint. To learn more about this closure visit http://www.vinolok.cz/
Pure, fresh red fruit that pops from the glass with layers of floral and cinnamon spice notes.
It is bright and tense in the mouth with a savoury yet plump mouth feel. Red cranberry, currant, and strawberry flavours are supported by a juicy, gently tannic structure that lends a touch of chewiness to the palate. The finish has a zesty edge and great persistence to the focused fruit.
Think of parings that you would normally select a bold New World style of Pinot Noir. Duck à l'Orange comes to mind for me when I drink this wine.