A singular expression of Grenache from a tiny patch of our old vineyard that we have studied extensively and picked and vinified separately. An ethereal, lifted style with complex red fruit and spice overlaid on a rocky foundation and a great sense of energy on the palate.
The fruit was hand picked and sorted before being fermented with only indigenous yeast in one 1700L concrete tulip. 50% of the fruit was left as whole bunches and the rest destemmed by hand. Basket pressed and matured for 15 months in ten year old 400L barrel. 438 bottles and 90 magnums made.
An ethereal, lifted style with complex red fruit and spice overlaid on a rocky foundation and a great sense of energy on the palate.
17/20 POINTS - jancisrobinson.com
"Gentle sweetness of tangy red fruit – but not the sweetness of very ripe Grenache as this is more al dente – plus a flinty elegance and a touch of citrus and wild herbs, on the verge of floral. Juicy and intensely fresh, a coiled, dry energy and really tight, chalky freshness. A light note of dusty minerality. Super-fine tannins which add to the freshness. And very long. Bright but not sweet except in tangy red fruit. Mouth-watering and so finely textured. Tender and vibrant. ‘Reactive tannins’, as Antonini calls them. You could pretty much drink this now though there’s no hurry."
95 POINTS - winepilot.com
"After mapping and separating the Alkina vineyard in Greenock into tiny patches known as polygons, based on varying geologies, the winemaking team has made tiny amounts from the most distinctive of them in what they deem the results of intense research and extreme commitment. The prices of their Polygon wines reflect this and their rarity. From a limestone-based section of just 200 grenache vines, this is made in much the same manner as all the Alkina wines, here 50% whole bunch fermented in one concrete tulip before 15 months maturation in 10-year-old barrels. Delightfully red-fruit juicy, subtly spiced with a surround of chalky tannins, imbued with energy, the balance of all involved elements delivers a purity of intent as well as fabulous drinking pleasure."