Appellation: Arribes
Cuvée: Rød
Colour: Red
Grapes: Garnacha 100%
About: great expression of very old Grenache noir on sand and granite, albeit very limited production of just over 500 bottles.From the highest altitude vines. Whole bunch of course. The name means red in Danish and passes for a nickname for red wine there. It’s in homage to Garnacha being as it was the ubiquitous red of Spain, now superseded by – in our view – the less lovely Tempranillo. 2021 is the first vintage of this wine.

Vines

Location: from several parcels near Fermoselle.
Size ha: less than 1.
Age: vines planted between 1930.
Soils: sand and granite.
Exposition: north facing.
Altitude: 730.
Training: Gobelet.
Farming: Organic.
Average yield hl/ha: 15
Climate: Mediterranean with an Atlantic influence, cold in winter, hot and normally dry in summer, with cool, fresh nights.

Winemaking

Manual harvest in boxes of 16 kilo, first selection in vineyard and then a selection in the cellar before being put whole bunch un-crushed into plastic tank to ferment. Sees a daily pump over. In effect, a semi-carbonic process. Pressed off in a pneumatic press after 10 to 12 days of maceration to finish ferment and complete malo in 225 L used French oak barrels. Racked, a touch of SO2 added and ages in barrel around 10 months. Very light filtration at bottling, otherwise no stabilisation or clarification and no additives except for SO2.

Vintage Notes 2021
Good vintage. In the Spring, 200m rain fell. Summer was dry with cool nights. Overall it was cooler than 2020, more like 2019 with good quality and quantity. Normally the harvest takes around 3 weeks due to different altitude of the vineyards. However, 3 weeks in 60 mm of rain fell so the grapes from the last week were diluted and lower in alcohol. In style the wines are fruity with great acidity and meant no sulfites was required initially and until after the malolactic.
Yield hl/ha: 15
Harvested: August 18 to September 10
Bottles produced: 500
Date bottled: 2022-08-11
Alcohol %: 13
SO2 Total: 27