70% Grenache (oldest 120 yrs), 30% Shiraz (oldest 110 yrs), av age 60 yrs, 85% destemmed, 20% natural yeasts, must snap frozen to -2°C to -6°C over 9 days before fermentation, 2 week vinification, pumping overs, hand cap punching, aged 20% new, 80% 1-7 year 300-litre oak casks (50% French, 50% USA) 18 months, 7,800 b
quite a dark robe. Licorice, fine black fruit, fine grain aroma. The bouquet gives a Grenache, then a late surge of darker Shiraz fruit. The palate fruit is clear and well-directed, a line of red fruit runs through it which is bright and interesting. 2015-16 Oct 2009 This is made by Adam Hooper, a very small producer who after working with Geoff Merrill for 5 years, went on his own in 1983. “I wanted to make wine that was from old vineyards, so I could work on those old vines` fruit, be a bit scientific and do it all on a small scale.” He also makes 250 cases of Reserve Grenache (av age 90 year vines) and 500 cases of Reserve Shiraz (av age 60 year vines).