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Dead Winemakers Society 2020 DOLCETTO
NOSE: Ripe cherries, sour plums, black pepper and dark chocolate.
PALATE: The whole mouth fills with a satin explosion of soft berry fruits and silky tannins. The acid is soft and gentle, making it a pleasure to drink.
PAIR: Pizza, pasta, the usual Italian fare.
CELLAR: Up to 10 years.
The Dead Winemakers Society is our homage to those visionary individuals that carved their path in the wine industry before us. They were the crazy ones, the wild-eyed wine poets who had a deep respect for both the land they farmed and the process of guiding the fruit to bottle in the most thoughtful and composed manner possible.
There have been many who have inspired us through their wines and philosophy – we have listened, learned and adapted the practices of their legacy to form our own.
X - 009 2022 Pinot blanc
NOSE: White blossoms, mineral spice and gooseberry.
PALATE: Lean and tight, it builds subtle generosity through the middle that gets sucked back in to flow into the bright acid line through the finish.
PAIR: Scallops in butter or grilled asparagus spears.
CELLARING: 10 years
Here's a variety that I fell in love with during my stint making alcohol in Germany. Pinot Blanc (or Weissburgunder as they call it there is super interesting because it's got crazy acidity like a good Riesling, yet has an innate textural component to it that compliments the tartness in a complexing way that I just adore. The cooler conditions of 2022 played into this, with plenty of time to develop subtle flavour components threaded through the playful palate elements. Your ultimate thirst quencher!
X - 008 2022 Carignan
NOSE: Pink flowers, red berries and a slight hint of jamon.
PALATE: Light and delicate yet backed with a chalky structure that safely houses the perfumed fruits.
PAIR: Jamon, grilled sardines or a heirloom tomato salad.
CELLARING: 10 years
Carignan is a lovely and unique variety. Most often used in blends to add colour, structure or acidity, it also stands beautifully on it's own, using it's rustic charm to seduce and enlighten. This is my favourite Carignan we've made, using less whole bunch than we have in the past which allows for the earthy fruits to be expressed with that slight herbal note adding a complexing element without being the dominating character. I'm not sure what it is about Carignan that I find so alluring, but every year it's a wine I just love to make.