Tzum 2018 Áine
From the first moment we worked with the Grenache at Scorched Earth we knew it had extraordinary potential. The deep black sand, the climate at the water’s edge, the proximity of the volcanoes and the wind that whips through the Gorge set the table for an unprecedented wine from this variety. It’s a place that has the potential to deliver the ephemeral magic of Southern Rhone Grenache on sand with the wildness and vibrancy of Nerello Mascalese on the upper slopes of Mt. Etna. That said, it has not been easy to tame or understand. Over the past few years we’ve been making small adjustments to the farming (including adding small amounts of all the traditional varieties from Chateauneuf-du-pape to the field) and winemaking as we try to get closer to the ideal. The initial “Spring Ephemeral” Grenache releases from Smockshop Band and this Summer’s Solais and Oisin (from similar non-Grenache dominant parcels) have all been part of this process, but this is the first wine where we’ve been able to manifest the potential on a clear and grand scale. This wine was classically raised: fermented whole cluster for 3 weeks on the skins and aged without touching for 23 months in old 500 liter puncheons.