2017 Forlorn Hope Grenache
Grenache grown on Rorick Heritage Vineyard's limestone is noteworthy for its combination of pale hue, explosive aromatics, and stout grip.
While the lightness of colour in this wine often draws comment, it should be noted that Matt does not use any special approach in the cellar to limit colour extraction -- this wine is not pressed off the skins early nor treated gingerly in the fermenter. The wine’s brilliant pale garnet colour stems entirely from the interaction of the vine with the limestone soils and the alpine growing season. The fruit was hand-picked and destemmed into small open-top fermenters. The must received pigeage and/or punchdowns twice daily; fermentation lasted 21 days at which time the wine was pressed down to 500L puncheons of neutral oak. The wine was racked off of its lees at 8 months and saw a total of 12 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. As with all Forlorn Hope wines, no new oak is utilised, and nothing was added to the must or wine (no cultured yeast, ML bacteria, water, tartaric acid, enzymes, nutrients, etc) with the exception of minimal effective SO2.