This single vineyard was planted in 1966 on a rough, exposed granite outcrop. The 0.6ha yields around 1200L of juice. The name (“Rock Head”) is the original name of the site and refers to the granite rocks on this hill.
Vinification and elevage: Handpicked into picking crates and chilled overnight in a cool room. The parcel is pressed together without destemming and the juice is run-off directly to very old a 1200L foudre. The fermentation takes a few months to complete naturally. The wine stays on its gross lees for the entirety of its maturation. Bottled without fining or filtration.
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How does he decide which vineyards to bottle separately? ‘These special parcels are rated 3 on the ‘golden tears’ scale,’ says Adi, referring to the tears these precious old vines make him and his team shed when entering the vineyard. These 3 Chenin Blancs are full and textured and have a vivid freshness that will allow ageing. The reds are more deft and elegant and hold amazing precision and depth.