2020 Martin Texier Grenache

A beautifully perfumed natural Grenache from the northern Rhone. A gem of a lo-fi wine.

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While Grenache is more common in the Southern Rhone, there are pockets of it in the Northern region. The Texier's vineyards in Saint-Julien-en-Saint-Alban, where the Grenache is grown, are at the southern extremities of the Northern Rhone.

The grapes were harvested from 30-year-old Grenache vines planted in granitic soils full of limestone. The fruit is destemmed but then the stems are added back in to give the wine some savoury characters. After a maceration of one week, the grapes are then stomped by foot.

With only 12.5% alcohol, this isn't a heavy red but more of a vibrant, fruity quaffer that will pair well with roasted or grilled meat/veggies or anything spicy.

Vineyard is approximately 30 years old. The soils for this site are predominately granite, with limestone, gneiss and schist interspersed throughout. This site benefits greatly the protection from the hot afternoon sun, thanks to the mountain range that runs along the southern side of the Ouveze river. The grapes are harvest and crushed with all the stems being included in the ferment. Very gentle pressed after 1 week of maceration. 13.5% ABV with a full body but structured with a deep spine of acidity.

91 Points - "Highly perfumed, ripe raspberry, fennel and minty sniffs, sappy textured, soft, and some nougat-sandalwood notes. Lovely, fleshy expression, vivacious and interesting to drink. Nice stuff." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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