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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