#255 Cape Rock Grenache Noir 2021
The grapes were hand picked in the morning, destemmed into open neutral fermentation vessels with cooling plates and fermented naturally. Pump overs and punch downs were performed twice daily to daily during the end of the fermentation.
The free run and pressed wine was racked to a neutral storage tank in which it matured for 3 months. It was racked to old 300L French oak barrels in which it matured for 4 months before a final racking and blending two weeks before bottling and bottled unfined and not cold stabilised with a very light filtration at bottling.
VIDEO CHAPTER INDEX:
00:00 – INTRO
00:30 – WHERE IS CAPE ROCK WINES?
00:56 – THE CAPE ROCK WINEMAKING ETHOS
01:32 – WHY IS THE WINE THAT COLOUR?
02:18 – WHAT IS FREE RUN JUICE?
02:59 – WHAT IS THE WINE LIKE IN THE GLASS?
04:04 – THREE LESSER-KNOWN FACTS ABOUT GRENACHE =====================
Grenache is one of those cultivars that feels so familiar (after all, it is one of the top ten most planted cultivars in the world), but when we dig even two spadefuls trivia deeper than “It’s from Spain” or “They use it in Chateauneuf-du-Pape”, we usually come up empty handed.
Like, who are its parents? (I have no idea) Or why isn’t “Hairy Grenache” more widely cultivated? (It really should be). So in this video we’re going to explore some lesser publicized Grenache trivia, using the fascinating Cape Rock Grenache Noir 2021 as our springboard.
The Cape Rock winemaking team are almost as reclusive as the Cape Rock Lobster from when they got their monicker, but that doesn’t stop us dragging their incredible wines out from sleep Olifantsberg plains, and holding them up to the light. Both figuratively and literally (the colour on this Grenache is spectacular).
Winemaker Gavin Brand continues his brand of minimal intervention winemaking as he produces one of the more memorable grenaches that we’ve sampled in recent times.
If you have yet to sign up for your Monthly HanDrinksSolo Wine Subscription then you’ll have to hunt this wine down in your own time. But until then, here are my tasting notes and some technical specs:
👃🏼 – pink liquorice all sorts, Turkish delight, toffee apple, cherry lifesaver, fresh earth,
👄 – aromas follow from nose into palate, Turkish delight, cherry lifesaver, blood orange, fresh strawberries,
Light, precise, high clarity, lovely length, good bit of gentle grip on the finish.
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