A blend of 60% Vermentino fermented on the skins for nine days, with the balance being a direct press of Grenache Blanc and Macabeo. As always this is a beautiful, hazy shade of sunset, has a hint of tannin and just the right amount of orange zest and spice.
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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