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 with gentle hand plunging. After 14 days on skins, optimum balance between flavour and tannin extraction was achieved and wine was pressed off skins and matured 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.
The wine shows vibrant cherry, raspberry and berry fruits coupled with anise, baking spice and subtle savoury notes. The palate is both flavoursome and seductive stating fruit purity and elegance. Supple tannins provide structure and balance leading to a wine of exceptional length and generosity.
Drink now or cellar up to 10 years
pH 3.39 | TA 6.2g/L | Alc/vol 14.5%
93 POINTS: Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 2017. "Old vine Grenache matured in old (or older) French oak. Production is 216 dozen. Delicious red wine. Pretty, fragrant, red berried and supple, the mix of fruit and spice managed just so, the lick of anise more woody than sweet, the oak apparent but as an onlooker mostly. This is modern day Grenache, in an excellent way. It’s not heavy, it’s not overblown, it’s not dense, but it’s light on its feet and awash with rose petals and redcurrant... the drinking enjoyment it offers is very high".