The Grande Provence Amphora Chenin

Grande Provence have produced a tiny amount of Chenin Blanc fermented in a clay amphora.

Platter 4.5 Stars

A stunning "natural" wine fermented with it's own native yeasts then left on the lees in the clay amphora for seven months. As a huge fan of natural wines I believe you can really taste the life in this wine! Full bodied with intense flvours and a slightly nutty finish. I pleaded with Suzanne not to let the winemaker add any sulphites at bottling as I felt the wine didn't need it, but they couldn't take the risk, so a very small amount was added. The amounts are very low though so this wine is fine even if you have sulphite allergy.

In stock
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1580
£40.00

"There something to be said about following in the footsteps of ancient Greek and Roman winemakers who embraced this “technology” thousands of years ago, using clay hewn out of the earth to cradle and nurture a living liquid. The journey of the Grande Provence Amphora wine began when the winemaker decided to import two 400 litre clay amphorae from Manetti Gusmano and Figli from Florence, Italy, with seven generations of experience in crafting their superb vessels. A small block of really old Chenin Blanc (34 years old) in Franschhoek were selected and only the very best yellow, sun-exposed bunches were picked to maximise the health, flavour and aromatic expression of the wine. The grapes were de-stemmed by hand, left to ferment naturally on skins and remained topped in the clay amphorae for 7 months, without sulphur.

The wine is a blend of mostly Chenin Blanc, from one of the oldest blocks in Franschhoek and a touch of Muscat D’ Alexandrie. Pressed Viognier skins were also added to the blend for added texture. The wine was racked, fined and settled for a month in an old 500 litre barrel before bottling.

The wine is fresh and extremely aromatic. Upfront flavours of mandarin and citrus on the nose that carries through beautifully onto the palate, complemented by hints of perfume from the Viognier. An elegant and complex wine with integrated layers of differential textures. Serve slightly chilled.

We understand now that tannins from seeds and skins help preserve the wine naturally. We know that using vessels made from clay allows the wine to “breathe” during ageing therefore needing less sulphur for stability. With careful winemaking and allowing the fruit to express site authenticity, this wine is full of fruit purity and intense aromatics.".

A stunning "natural" wine fermented with it's own native yeasts then left on the lees in the clay amphora for seven months. As a huge fan of natural wines I believe you can really taste the life in this wine! Full bodied with intense flvours and a slightly nutty finish. I pleaded with Suzanne not to let the winemaker add any sulphites at bottling as I felt the wine didn't need it, but they couldn't take the risk, so a very small amount was added. The amounts are very low though so this wine is fine even if you have sulphite allergy.

Grande Provence only made 600 bottles, and as you can imagine from the description it is time consuming and expensive to produce, so availability is extremely limited. I have literally 36 bottles for the UK market and thisat £40 is at a subsidised price!


More Information
Location Franschoek, South Africa
Winery Grande Provence
Winery status Privately owned winery
Winemaker Karl Lambour
Annual production 600 bottles
Grapes Chenin plus a touch of Muscat D’ Alexandrie
Product awards Platter 4.5 Stars
Gold Medals
Style "Alive" vibrant, rich, sophisticated
ABV 14
Bottle Size 75cl
Vintage 2015
Free sulphur 23
Percentage score 93
Sustainable farming Yes
Sulphite level Very Low
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