The wine is bright in the glass, displaying a pale salmon hue. There are refreshing aromas of musk and violets. The generous palate displays nuances of papaya and grapefruit, and has a crisp, dry finish. A refreshing drink on a hot summer’s day – try it with smoked salmon or as an aperif before dinner.
Variety: 75% Mourvedre 25% Grenache
Harvest Date: 4th March 2020
Vineyard Location: North facing vineyards
Geology / Soil Profile: Deep, red rocky clay loam (derived from Cambrian Rock)
Viticulture Practices: Un-irrigated vineyards, zero tillage, grass sward between rows, cane pruned Yields: less than 1 tonne/acre
Production: 72 dozen (144 cases)
Bottle Packaging: 750 ml punted burgundy
Closure: Stelvin ROTP Screwcap
Cartons: 6 bottles in branded cartons 1 x 6 upright
The 2021 Vintage:
2021 Vintage got off to a strong start due to above-average rainfall in the early months of 2020, which contributed to good supplies of ground-held water for the growing season. The summer was relatively mild, with the daily maximum temperature exceeding 35.0 degrees on only 5 occasions. The vines held their leaves , and the fruit quality was excellent.
The Mourvèdre and Grenache were sourced from adjacent north-west facing slopes of our Dowd’s Lane vineyard. The Estate vines are unirrigated and yielded less than 1 tonne to the acre. They are cane-pruned by hand and wrapped to a single wire trellis to encourage some bunch shading during the heat of Summer. Following the hot, dry 2019 year the vines were heavily pruned back in 2020. Consequently, yields for the 2021 vintage were low, but there was excellent cane growth which will support development in future years.
The fruit was harvested by hand. In the winery the fruit was destemmed, lightly crushed and pumped directly into a basket press, where the juice was separated from the solids. The juice was fermented and aged for 4 months in stainless steel tank and bottled in late June 2021.