Jean Marc Lafage, Taronja de Gris Orange Wine
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- South of France
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- Pinot Gris
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Essentially, this wine was made pretty much the same way they make their red wines. They made 4 barrel fermentations - two of them 'whole bunch', one 'carbonic maceration', and the last with de-stemmed grapes. They fermented in open top 500L barrels, and left the skins (and stalks) macerating in the wine for 2 weeks after the fermentation finished. They protected the wine from oxidation and from microbiological contamination with dry ice, and low levels of sulphur. The wine was aged in neutral barriques, and bottled after 8 months in barrel, with no fining and a light filtration. This process means that the wine picks up an amber/coppery colour from the skins (Grenache Gris grapes are actually slightly pink), as well as a considerable amount of fresh, peppery tannins.
Flavours and aromas of orange peel, pepper, ginger, melon and citrus. This is a great accompaniment to many cheeses and to powerfully flavoured rich cold meats, like smoked duck's breast and charcuterie.