Illimis Grenache Noir 2020
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Illimis Grenache Noir 2020

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Illimis Grenache Noir 2020

Sourced from an old block in Wellington, next to the Bergrivier, that Lucinda has had her eye on for many years. Consisting of mostly skalie with a few pockets of schist. Only her second vintage from this block, 2020 saw the first vintage where she had a full year’s viticultural input and could harvest slightly earlier than 2019. With 50% whole bunch and 50% destemmed before spontaneously fermenting in one very old 500L vat. And that’s all she produced.

The wine has a restraint intensity slowly opening up to a bouquet of bright juicy raspberry, bramble and cherry that slowly give way to wood polish, violets and a touch of fig leaf.

On the palate, the wine is light, tight and sappy with grippy tannin, just enough acidity to keep things fresh and an uncanny flavour of a new car. Or at least what I think new car smell would taste like. That slightly perfumed, polished leather. And ends in the faintest hint of cinnamon on red fruit.
This is an outstanding wine that delivers in bucker loads in its youth but will continue to improve with upwards of seven years of careful cellaring.

Best enjoyed slightly chilled, in a Burgundy glass, on its own, with delicate game meat dishes or with some salami.

W.O. Wellington, Grenache

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