The fruit is hand-picked from 18-year old bush vine Grenache, sorted by hand and crushed into small open-top fermenters. 20% whole bunch is used with wild fermentation to build structure and texture and provide the framework on which to express the distinctive aromatics and flavours of Grenache. The wine spends two weeks on skins prior to pressing directly to fine-grained large-format seasoned French oak. It is aged for 11 months prior to bottling. The wine is made with minimum effective Sulphites, is not fined and only minimally filtered.
Them tannins. Whoa. Italianate and fine, a swish and web that sucks and pulls, draws long and gives this beautiful shape to the mellifluous, come-hither dark fruit and wild herb n spice that features so heavily in this wine. Amazing perfume, a little quieter than 2018 but with all the appeal and flighty, floral and spice fragrance of best grenache from anywhere. Pent up, tight, precise and pure, the palate is a masterpiece example of the variety. That tension, that length! All here. Such a good wine.
96+ points, The Wine Front (September 2020)
Deep, bold, bright red/purple colour with a very smoky bouquet which combines jammy berry fruits with assorted spices and smoky, earthy, graphite notes. The wine is full-bodied and rich, with abundant tannins but they are in balance with the big body of the wine. A solid lump of a grenache: it's unusually structured.
92 points, The Real Review (October 2020)