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Domaine of the Bee 2017
The biggest, more concentrated Bee that we have made - absolutely bursting with blackberry, fennel and dark damson and black cherry, and but also very smooth and lusciously rich
A deep black red
Vibrant black fruit nose, with a spicebox of vanilla and cinnamon and wafts of rosemary.
This is a turbo-charged, super-ripe, smooth, rich and complex wine of great intensity.
All are grapes for Domaine of the Bee were hand harvested, and then hand-sorted at the winery to ensure we only chose the healthiest and ripest grapes. The first Carignan to be picked is fermented in a stainless steel tank, except for 5 barrels-worth which was cold-macerated, as was all of the Grenache in upturned demi-muids (500L barrels) with the ends taken out, before being warmed up, inoculated with yeast, and gently punched down 2-3 times a day. After pressing, all of the wine was drained into a mixture of 500L and 225L barrels, approximately a quarter of which are new, and left to mature for 14 months.
One of those rare years that delivered both exceptional quality and above-average quantity. The wines have been fruit-forward from the moment the grapes were picked at full ripeness.
Great with grilled red meat, hearty stews, barbequed food, and hard cheeses.