2020 Taronja de Gris, Orange wine
- Grenache Gris
- Bottle size
- 750 mL
- Drinking Window
- 2020 - 2022
This is the fourth vintage of our ‘orange’ wine, made by fermenting grapes usually destined for white wine, with their skins (and a few 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.
A coppery-pink colour.
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.
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
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 three 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.
- Food Pairing
Orange wines are a great accompaniment to the cheeseboard, and go very well to with dried fruits and nuts. A great aperitif wine.
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Cloudy, pink-guava-juice colour. A whacky-wonderful wine that tastes of a melange of guava, maraschino cherries, bitter marmalade, rhubarb and custard candies, pink grapefruit, ginger, sweet herbs. It reminded me, more than a little, of rosso vermouth. A touch of sweetness, but you barely notice it, and it makes the wine pretty dang wonderful with oozy cheese. If you could sing this wine instead of drinking it, it would sound like ‘The Race’, by Yello. ‘Room-dah-bee-boom the whippering dong.’ Great stuff! (TC)