2019 Taronja de Gris

Retail
£30.00
Member
£24.00
Case
£180.00
Case (Member)
£144.00
Varieties
Muscat
Viognier
Grenache Gris
Vintage
2019
Country
France
Region
Roussillon
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottle size
750 mL
Drinking Window
2020 - 2022

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Description

This is the third vintage of our ‘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.

Eyes

A coppery-pink colour.

Nose

Eyes closed, and 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 petals, orange peel, rose-hip syrup, and ginger.

Mouth

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.

Body

full

Winemaking Notes

Fermentation of the four Grenache Gris barrels, two of them whole bunches, one carbonic maceration, and the last with de-stemmed grapes. Fermentation in open top 500L barrels. Maceration on skins and stalks for 2 weeks after fermentation. Fermentation of the Muscat and Viognier in four open top barrels. Maceration on skins and stalks for 1 week after fermentation. The wine is protected from oxidation with dry ice. Aging in barrels for eight months. Blending is made just before bottling, with light filtration.

Growing Conditions

Parcels of Muscat, Viognier, and low-yielding, old vine Grenache Gris 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.

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