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 was achieved and wine was pressed off skins and matured in old French puncheons for 11 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 dark cherry and berry fruits coupled with anise, spice and floral notes. The palate is both flavoursome and seductive stating fruit purity and elegance. Fine tannins provide structure and balance leading to a wine of exceptional length and generosity.
Drink now or cellar up to 10 years
pH 3.52 | TA 5.53g/L | Alc/vol 14.5%