Renegade, 'Gary' Pinot Noir 2021
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Top draw Pinot Noir grapes grown in Oltrepo Pavese, Italy are then whisked off to Renegade's urban winery where they are destemmed over a wire mesh by hand so as to be very gentle and reduce skin breakage. The grapes are then fermented spontaneously in a stainless steel tank, without the addition of any yeast - otherwise known as wild fermentation. After 20 days on the skins the wine was pressed of and aged in old french barrels (90%) and new American (10%) for 8 months, where it underwent full malolactic fermentation. A beautiful light/med-bodied red with soft tannins, lots of red fruit (wild strawberries, cherries), and some floral notes. Overall, it's very nicely balanced.
Renegade isn't a traditional producer as they don't have a vineyard and instead buy their grapes depending on quality from growers in the UK and as far and wide as Albania. This may seem mad to a lot of traditionalists however a great line/description on their about us page is "Just like a chef who can select in-season vegetables from the best growers, we can change suppliers and pick the best grapes depending on the weather, regional variances and other external factors" which when you think about it seems obvious right? Why have the restraints of having to use the same grapes year in year out even if you know the previous vintage was better? Anyway, we have long been fans of these guys not because of their ethos and culture or their incredibly original labeling but because their wines absolutely BANG!
Region: Oltrepo Pavese, Italy
Grapes: Pinot Noir