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2017 Taronja de Gris, Orange Wine
- Grenache Gris
- Grenache Blanc
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2018 - 2020
An 'orange' wine, made by fermenting grapes usually destined for white wine, with their skins (and most of their stalks), the same way we'd make a red wine. This process means that the wine picks up an amber/coppery colour from the skins (Grenache Gris grapes are actually slightly pink), as well as a considerable amount of fresh, peppery tannins.
The deeply pink coloured Grenache Gris grapes have lent this wine a resonant orange-pink hue.
Eyes closed, and it it is hard to know if you'd place this as a white or a red - the aromas are more delicate and perfumed than a typical red, with notes of rose-hip syrup, ginger and orange peel
Citrus peel is evident on the palate too, and there's definitely a refreshing tannic grip and a twist of bitterness remniscent of a good negroni. Yet the ripeness and generosity of fruit is what leaves a lasting impression, with rolling waves of flavour that you'd never normally find in a white wine made from these grapes.
- Winemaking Notes
Essentially, we've made this wine pretty much exactly the same way we make our red wines. We made 4 barrel fermentations - two of them 'whole bunch', one 'carbonic maceration', and the last with de-stemmed grapes.
We fermented in open top 500L barrels, and left the skins (and stalks) macerating in the wine for 2 weeks after the fermentation finished. We protected the wine from oxidation and from microbiological contamination with dry ice, and low levels of sulphur. The wine was aged in neutral barriques, and bottled after 8 months in barrel, with no fining and a light filtration
- Growing Conditions
Parcels of low-yielding, old vine Grenache Gris (and some Grenache Blanc) were left to ripen a little more than normal, and then picked when the flavour development was optimal, and the skins and stems were fully ripe.
- Food Pairing
We are only just beginning to experiment with this wine style, but so far it has proved a great accompaniment to the cheese board, and to powerfully flavoured rich cold meats like smoked duck's breast and charcuterie.
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Intriguing pinky-orange coloured wine that has the freshness of a white, but the tannins of a red. Amazing flavours.
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Heavy, dark green bottle sealed with wax. Fantastically bright label of an explosion of pink, yellow, orange and red. Fantastic colour as well – like blood oranges. And fantastic wine! It smells spicy, deep, of sumac and saffron and pomegranates and rust. And then you take a sip and it’s like one of those huge, bronze Chinese gongs going off in your mouth. Reverberating. Intense. Long, fierce, wild. Red-berried fruit and dried orange peel and the same spices that are on the nose are in the mouth but they’re popping like fireworks so they’re harder to pin down. The tannins are kid gloves on masseuse fingers and there’s even a teeny bite of smoked chilli on the finish. Brilliant. This goes straight on my list of Top 5 Orange Wines. (TC)
Light amber-coppery wine marked by scents of pear and melon but also some red berries. It’s medium to full bodied, with definite tannic grip on the finish but in a soft, silky kind of way, not overtly extracted or tough.