'The Tinderry'

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Years ago we played around with this variety from our very young vines, it was gorgeous but not a variety that met the needs of the wine drinking public back then. In 2017 the gloves are off and anything is possible so we have revisited this blend thinking cab franc is such a beautiful variety, fragrant, herby, delicate. It fits the model for a lighter modern red for our al fresco lifestyle. Again a small batch and perfect summer drinking and maybe worth tucking away a few years to see it come out of its skin a bit.


VARIETIES Cabernet franc, Sauvignon blanc

Medium term 5-8 years

VINEYARD  Barton estate and our vineyard

VINE AGE  Almost 20 years

SOIL Duplex, decomposed granite, red loamy clay 

SLOPE  varied

VINTAGE NOTES  A little trickier than the last few but sangiovese loves difficult conditions, makes it more characterful for sure

WINEMAKING NOTES  Processed as whole berries, so no pumps used, a natural ferment that wasn't messed around with too much and then left on-skins for three weeks. matured in small 5 year old French oak cask. 

ANALYSIS  pH3.75, TA5.91g/l, FSO2 28ppm