Ca N’Estruc L’Equilibrista Negre 2016
Grape varietal & region: This bouquet is made of a blend of 55% Garnatxa, 30% Syrah and 15% Samsó (Cariñena). 55% of the grapes are from their own vineyards while the other 45% are from vineyards under supervision in the same area. The vineyards are grown in alluvial soil and are on an altitude of about 165m. The age of the vines ranges from 18 – 40 years old.
Taste profile: The wine has an alluring, deep and clear garnet in colour. It displays a wide symphony of aromas of red and black fruits like currants, blackberries, blueberries, Mediterranean herbs and chocolate. After a while, it exhibites subtle hints of black liquorice and ground coffee. It is seductive on the palate with its clean and silky texture due to the rounded tannins and give the wine its structure. Reminiscent of a red ripe fruit juice with delicate fragrance of aromatic herbs and a toasted caramel aftertaste.
Winemaking process: The grapes were hand-harvested in Jun. They are carefully selected and destemmed (partially by hand) before fermenting half of it in open oak French barrels and the other half in stainless steel tanks. The fermentation was performed under controlled temperature of 17 – 21°C with gentle remontages.
The wine is the aged for 14 months in rather new, medium-toasted Allier French iak barrels from Boutes, Dargaud & Jaegle, Demptos, François Frères, Garnnaise and Nadalie barrel-makers.