THE VINEYARD IN SPRING
Spring in the vineyard is a very busy time, both in the sense of burgeoning vine activity and growth, but also human activity. Around now shoot growth on the vines has reached a point where we will need to be topping the canes, and flowering is well underway in all grape varieties, so inflorescences are turning into tiny-berried bunches. Shoot thinning and de-lateralling has been largely completed and canes have been tucked under foliage wires, so we are pretty much up-to-date, despite long delays in getting stuff done earlier due to excessive early-spring wetness. We have just completed the additional planting in the syrah and chardonnay blocks which was not finished last year, and filled in gaps in the carmenere and cabernet franc blocks.
Vin Gris 2016. A pale salmon-coloured rose made solely from cabernet sauvignon grapes. Delicately fruity with a dry, savoury finish. A delightful summer wine for a long lunch or as an evening aperitif.
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Carmenere 2014. Deeply coloured, dense, firm, and brooding. Decant for an hour and it opens up into a violet-perfumed, intensely-flavoured wine with hints of black plums and chocolate. Finishes warm and super-satisfying. Still very young, it will develop into something spectacular in the next few years. Great cellaring.
Now that we are having some lovely summery weather, we are getting busier by the day so it’s best to make a booking to insure a table. We would like to see you!
Robin, Marion, Gabe and the team at Ransom Wines