Estate: With a vineyard and winery in St. Peray and several additional parcels of vines in the northern Rhone, innovative, cult hero winemaker Hirotake Ooka crafted his first vintage in 2001. A purist to the smallest detail, he does not use any type of treatment or additive, organic or otherwise in the vineyard or wine. Sadly, after run-ins with the French government and vintage losses due to severe weather, this year he announced he is moving back to Japan to make wine.
Winemaking: Grapes are from a 25 year old, half a hectare vineyard with granite soil. Spontaneous fermentation with native yeasts in neutral oak, aged 24 months in neutral oak barrels. Unfined, unfiltered.
Tasting Notes: Garnet in colour, very aromatic, with black and green olive, black cherry, saline minerality, campfire smoke and a trace of roasted chipotle. Black cherry, raspberry, morello cherry, black and green olive, and a shake of black pepper are framed by silky tannins and tangy acidity. A meaty vein accents black cherry, red apple and saline minerality on the plush finish. An engaging syntheses of tangy/salty/savory/fruit elements, sumptuous and unforgettable.
Vin de Table de France
Bottled by S.A.R.L. La Grande Colline