A rosé of Syrah and Grenache that are pressed directly as soon as they reach the cave. A little reduced on opening, this really blossoms with air and true to name is an incredible pomegranate pink (Magrana means 'Pomegranate' in Catalan). With bright, crunchy fruit and a pleasant bitterness to the finish, this will be the first thing we reach for in the sunshine this spring.
Tutti Frutti Ananas
Tutti Frutti Ananas is a collaboration that sees Manuel of Vinyer de la Ruca team up with friends Zé Tafé of La Cave des Nomades and Joachim Roque of Domaine Carterole to make the kind of wines they like drinking by the Mediterranean down in Banyuls-sur-Mer.
The guys farm organically over a combination of sand, schist and quartz from vineyards both close to the sea and up in the mountains which loom above. They make the wines together in Les 9 Caves, a cooperative cellar they share in an old garage in the town’s center. The wines ferment and age in large concrete vats and are bottled young, brimming with life.
Under their own labels, they each farm old bush vines planted on steep slopes over pure schist. In this arid climate, yields are painfully low and the resulting wines are powerful and intense, often requiring careful aging to show their true pedigree. The idea here is to do something a little different and as the name suggests the wines are vibrant, easygoing, and most importantly, incredibly delicious.
The hodgepodge name is inspired by the collaborator’s diverse backgrounds: Manu is Italian, Zé is Portuguese, and Joachim is French, though he would consider himself Catalan. In such, all the wines bear the names of fruits in their native tongues of Italian, Portuguese and Catalan. They are fermented naturally and bottled without any additions of sulfur.
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