A wine of exceptional flavour, character and elegance. Penny’s Hill Grenache; an experiment of old vine stocks planted to a modern trellis configuration, intensely planted to reduce vigour and increase concentration.
Careful canopy management of an exclusive 1.9 acre site on shallow soils, results in low yields of highly concentrated fruit. With two vines per panel, planted almost together and crossed deliberately at the first wire, vigour is contained and concentration enhanced. Sourced from ancient, pre-clonal Grenache reared to the north of the Vales, the plot is almost dry grown.
Fruit was hand picked and open fermented using 20% whole bunches. Gentle hand plunging and 14 days on skins ensured optimum balance between flavour and tannin extraction before pressing and maturation in old French Hogsheads for 12 months. Barrels remained on lees with regular topping to encourage texture and complexity and to preserve and respect the delicate nature of this parcel.