Notes from Andy.
Grenache is a variety I adore, so I was very excited at the prospect of being able to buy some from the Landsborough Valley section of the Chapoutier Vineyard. The decision to ferment the grapes as 100% whole clusters as this is a motif across so many of my favourite Grenache wines. Picked on the 7th of April, we gave the whole clusters a gentle foot tread then covered the tank and left it undisturbed for a week. Fermentation was well and truly underway once we uncovered the tank, and a further two weeks of maceration with a single pump-over each day followed. The wine was pressed into a large, old foudre and rested here until bottling in February 2022. 20ppm of sulfur was added to the must and a further 20ppm at the time of bottling. 807 bottles were filled.