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Stag's Hollow Grenache
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Stag's Hollow Grenache 2016

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaJust tasted this impressive grenache alongside a similar styled, old vines Spanish garnacha made from forty-year-old vines. The fruit is darker here and riper but there are similarities, namely the peppery, raspberry, cherry notes. The palate is juicy with bright acidity and that savoury, sagebrush BC undercurrent. In 2016, it’s much more pinot-like as exemplified by its soft tannins. Winemaker Dwight Sick destems the hand-picked, hand sorted fruit and gravity feeds it whole berry into one ton open-topped fermenters and after a 72-hr cold soak he puts in 40 percent, ripe, lignified stems back to the ferments. The ferment is punched down by hand, two to six times daily, and after 10 days it’s pressed directly to 500L French puncheons for six months. A small amount of syrah is added to the blend that is bottled unfined and unfiltered.Tasted: 27 September 2017Tasted by: Prices: BC 25.99 winery direct Producer: Stag's Hollow Winery and VineyardDistributors: Winery Direct
Varietal: Grenache Noir/GarnachaCSPC: 35501UPC: 626990139546