6 PACK, 750ml BOTTLES, $64.99 EACH
SUB-REGION, REGION, COUNTRY
Fenouillèdes, Roussillon, France
76% Vermintino, 24% Macabeu from 2014-2019, 15 days skin contact, subsequent aging in large neutral oak and fibreglass vats. Unfiltered.
17.5 Points, Jancis Robinson
Turning gold in colour and turning gold on the nose. Burnished orange, smoked crab apples, metal and smoke and fruit and flint. It tastes as if it has been etched with a diamond tip. It's spicy – but I couldn't name the spices. There is fruit – but it isn't fruity. It's stony – but it's not hard or mineral. If dust motes in a shaft of light, caught in a cabin where someone had been planing a cabinet, filing the iron hinges, drinking dark-brewed coffee, smoking a spliff, light sweat brow and armpits, writing graphite-pencil notes on rough paper, eating a slice of homemade toast scraped with orange curd and honey and goat's butter – if all that could be caught in a glass of wine, this would be the wine. On day five, the perfume soaring out of the glass was so remarkable that I pulled my head back in shock. Ylang-ylang and orange blossom, peony and nectarine. Extraordinarily intense – it seems to cup your face in cool, insistent hands and blow the fragrance across your cheeks. The palate has turned more saffron, wasabi, marigold petals, but this time with a golden-currant sweetness. The acidity and tannins have unclenched, lengthened, turned more pliant. The finish is long, white-pepper fragrant, charged. (TC)