Division Winemaking Co. Gamine Grenache Mae’s Vineyard 2019

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Kate has been partnering with her favorite Southern Oregon grower
Herb Quady since 2013 on her Mae’s Vineyard Syrah and Grenache
Rosé Pétillant. Herb grew up in the family of the famed Quady Winery in
California’s Central Valley, and later became the vineyard manager for
Randall Graham at Bonny Doon before coming north to southern Oregon
with his sights on applying organic farming techniques to a region with
mostly undiscovered vineyard potential. His Mae’s Vineyard block
slopes southeast into the Applegate Valley in what can only be said as
one of the prettiest spots we’ve seen in the state. Loamy/clay and
marine sediment overlay sits on top of a large granite slab (yes
granite!), which makes this a truly distinctive site to work with, and the
lieu Kate’s bases the core and soul of her Gamine wines.
Kate added a new wine to the family in 2018 - looking to further express
Grenache as a red wine through the lens of Oregon climate, terroir and
her favorite winemaking styles.
The second release of this wine (the new 2019 bottling) focuses on
playing carbonic and traditional fermentation notes together in harmony –
picked in early October, half of the fruit was sealed off in a cement
vessel for full carbonic fermentation over 20 days, while the other 50%
was fully destemmed and received punchdowns and pumpovers for the
same period of time. Pressed together, settled and returned to cement
for 5 months, the wine was racked into neutral oak after malo completed
with a small sulfur addition, and then bottled in June unfiltered and
unfined.
The result is intoxicating and aromatic – uber-floral notes of violets with whispers of red currants, cedar
and spice plus dark minerality dance on the nose. The first sips are lively, revealing raspberries crushed
with mixed wild currants, bay leaf, pink peppercorns and angelica root, finishing with a light dry note of
refreshing grapefruit pith.
The influence of carbonic maceration on this wine is clear on the palate, whose crunchy vibrancy brings
to mind that there may be a kinship between Gamay and Grenache (!?!) While it has some of the warming
note characteristics of Grenache, this Gamine is crafted with a light touch and layers of intrigue that
keeps us coming back for more.

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