Grape Variety: Syrah
Producer: La Voluta
Region: Cucugnan, Roussillon, France
Wild Scale: 4/5
Vegan friendly wine
Winemaking: Organic Syrah grapes from 2 plots 300m above sea level were hand harvested and underwent whole bunch semi-carbonic maceration for 8 days before pressing. Aged in fibreglass with no racking. Bottled with no filtration, fining or added sulphur.
This Wine: A still, red natural wine (despite the crown cap) which is surprisingly elegant for a Syrah from the South of France. Still has powerful fruit but balanced with fresh floral and herbal characteristics. Some pepper notes too. Medium to full body.
Notes on the Winemaker: La Voluta is the natural wine project of Jean Benoit Vivequain and Anna Rubio who now reside in the village of Cucugnan after meeting on the other side of the world in New Zealand where they were both learning about winemaking. They focus on old-vine Grenache Noir which is indigenous to the wild and rugged terrain between Cucugnan and Maury.