Varieties: Grenache (50%), Carignan (50%)
Bottle size: 750 mL
A delightful wine, which is in a fresher style than some earlier vintages showing real roundness and softness with rich red fruits and spice.
Eyes: A dazzling bright red
Nose: Our 2013 displays more bright cherry and plum fruits than previous vintages, alongside cinnamon and spice, with a touch of fennel. The black schist soils gives the wine a smoky element.
Mouth: The flavour is vibrant, but smooth and round at the same time. There is a distinct freshness that cuts through the generous fruit. The finish is intense, and long-lasting.
Recommended food pairings: Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.
Winemaker: Jean-Marc Lafage
Growing conditions: It was a slow start after a freezing cold March, and flowering was a month late. However the lovely late summer and autumn weather helped us catch up a bit, but the harvest was still nearly 2 weeks later than the previous years and the result is a fresher style that is drinking beautifully already.
Winemaking notes: 2013 was the second year that our vineyards had been tended by Jean-Marc Lafage, and his team at Chateau St Roch. All are grapes were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. Our Carignan is fermented in a stainless steel tank, and all of the Grenache was emptied into upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, and then gently macerated in the cool of a refrigerated container, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day.
After pressing in a small basket press, all of the wine was drained into a mixture of 500L and 225L barrels, approximately a quarter of which are new, and left to mature for 14 months.
2015 - 2021
The Sommelier Wine Awards 2016 -
The Flying Winemaker -
: 92 pts
The Times -
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