2018 Domaine of the Bee Carignan
- Case (Member)
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2025
Pure Carignan from the 80 year old La Roque vineyard at Domaine of the Bee. Low yielding, concentrated and vibrant.
Vibrant dark black
Big, black, bramble fruit with a slatey minerality, and some softening, supportive oak.
This is a concentrated wine with loads of power and length. A luscious and big wine with very approachable fruit and moderate tannins. Layers of black and red cherry fruit are combined with wafts of herbs and vanilla.
- Winemaking Notes
From a one hectare vineyard of 80+ year-old Carignan vines. Bush vines are hand-tended, and shoot removal and green harvesting ensure a very well balanced crop of fully ripe grapes. Hand harvested into small baskets and destemming without crushing to allow some intra-cellular fermentation to release colour prior to the full alcoholic fermentation. Slow temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel and a couple of 500L barrels before gentle pressing, and maturation in 2 x 500L barrels one new, and one 3 years old. No eggs or dairy used.
- Growing Conditions
A very hot June and July quickly ripened our Carignan, and a much cooler August helped to retain acidity and freshness in the grapes.
- Food Pairing
Carignan is especially good with charcuterie and wild boar sausage, but it also pairs well with grilled lamb, and most barbequed meats.
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Nicely structured palate, with some rounded ripe berry fruit. Nicely rounded and balanced. A lovely example of Carignan, with some great potential.
Liquorice and chicory-root ‘coffee’ and hedgerow fruit. Smells quite earty. Wow! This is one helluva concentrated wine! It actually gave me goosebumps down my spin on first sip. Earthy but vibrating with freshness and intensity. Dark tangy sweetness, like tamarind paste, sumac, pomegranate molasses, black-fig jam folded through with espresso, a tiny tab of Bovril (beef extract) on rye bread. Spine-tingling. Just shows how exciting varietal Carignan can be. And this must be one of the best out there.
The nose deep and fruity with a nuttiness I often find in Carignan – almost chestnut-like – and he spice and pencil-shaving notes of the barrel. Creamy in texture, there is mouth-filling richness here, effortless concentration of lush, creamy black cherry fruit, a hint of gaminess, but a rasp of tannin and juicy cherry-pit acidity cut through the creamy density of fruit very nicely to balance, finishing on spice
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