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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