Nicole grew up in Narbonne, John came to St Jean de Minervois from much further afield arriving from Kentucky USA. The rocky landscape immediately brought to mind thoughts of moonscapes. The wines might be considered lunar in their minerality, some might even suggest lunatic…but they are always delicious.
This is Nicole & John's first Orange wine and what a wine it is, guaranteed to please and convert all who are new to this style of wine, just try it !
Simply put this is summer in a glass, utterly delicious, enticing and an unbridled joy to savour.
260M high vineyard, low rainfall,
SW exposure, very highly rocky white limestone gravel
Planted 2001, organic, trellised, lots of hand work (suckering, leaf thinning, picking of course) YIELDS: 25-30 hl/ha
• Manual harvested
• Mostly fermented with skins 3 weeks in steel/ 20% in barrel after a week on skins.
• Pressing/maceration—3 weeks maceration, with daily pumpover and pushdown, through fermentation
• Indigenous yeast
• Ambient ferment
• Nature of maturation – 8 months Aging in steel, 500L barrel and 10hl ceramic egg
• No Fining
White flowers, citrus, Muscat and tangerine mingle with fresh tannins and fine acidity.
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