One Block Grenache

Made from a single block of vines but the name is also a link back to our previous life and the event that made us change direction, living one block from the World Trade Center on September 11.

Character

An approachable yet spicy and stylish red wine made from 95% Grenache (including the Catalan variant “Lladoner Pelut”) and a touch of Syrah. It has more structure and freshness than many Roussillon Grenaches because it is grown on limestone and clay, rather than schiste and picked a little earlier.

Aromas of ripe raspberries, dark chocolate and caribbean spices. The palate is warm and spicy with flavours of dried fruits and chocolate cake.

Food Matches

We like this wine with lots of dishes like English sausages, mild curries and roast chicken. However, it really shines with more surprising matches such as grilled cod, chickpea tagine or game terrines.

Production

  • Vineyard : Sustainably farmed limestone hillside.
  • Old “Gobelet” free-standing vines. Yield 16 hl/ha
  • Hand-picked and sorted. Transported in small caissettes.
  • No acidification or chaptelisation
  • Fermented in concrete vats at 26 °C for 3 weeks.
  • Aged in a combination of used barrels and stainless steel for 12 months.
  • Unfined but filtered at bottling in the following summer.
  • Bottled in Ecova environmentally-friendly, lightweight bottles and sealed with DIAM natural corks to prevent cork-taint.
  • 5000 bottles made 

Reviews

Jancis Robinson 17/20 (2006, 08, 11), Starred entry in Guide Hachette 2010.  Gold Medal Berlin Wine Competition (2007, 08).

“Smoky with just the merest allusion to chocolate and coffee on the nose; fragrant with fennel and cumin. Jewel-bright fruit, neatly flecked with those same cumin and fennel notes that give it so much character. So fresh! The acidity simply sings through. Tactile.” Jancis Robinson 17/20 (2008) .

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