We’ve chosen this wine as an Amps Team Favourite Wine of 2020.
Katie Jones, she’s different, she’s English, she’s a woman. And she wants to make wine in the depths of rural France. This is Grenache with a difference – this hairy-leaved variety aka Lledoner Pelut is a lesser-spotted version of Grenache. Frowned upon by locals for producing a lighter style of wine, Katie rose to the challenge of making a serious single varietal wine. The result is stunning… wild red berry fruits, quite luscious, delightfully smooth with a long creamy finish. It is perfect for summer barbecues and when you prefer a slightly lighter glass of red.
Katie said: “Our little secret for this wine is to only leave the skins in the juice for 4 days before pressing and leaving the fermentation to finish without the skins. This way you get all the fruit flavour but without the dryness of the tannins. It took us a while to understand this grape but now we know how to treat it it is rapidly turning into my favourite grape. You could say we’ve found the perfect hairstyle for our Lledoner Pelut. We drank it with the local dish – Boules de Picolat – which are meatballs in a tomato sauce and it went perfectly – we also tried it with a young local goat’s cheese and it was so good we carried on drinking it with our fresh strawberry dessert. That wasn’t quite as good but I bet it’s great with a dark chocolate dessert.”
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