Smockshop Band Grenache Spring Ephemeral 2018
Smockshop Band is an exploration of the Columbia Gorge. The Gorge contains a diverse range of landscapes within a small area. It was this multitude of potential places to make wine that drew us to the Gorge. We’ve been working on developing relationships with growers and landowners who share our vision of farming. We now lease and farm twenty acres of land outside of Hiyu and purchase fruit from an additional few more. All of the vineyards are farmed naturally and allow us access to the full spectrum of possible flavours from high altitude, cool climate sites on the western end of the Gorge to the more Mediterranean, desert influenced sites to the east.
Scorched Earth is a 10 acre vineyard is located on the banks of the Columbia River where the Gorge transitions to desert. A Basalt cliff rises from the river, there are dunes on the other side of the cliff and the vineyard is planted in black sand and basalt cobbles beyond the dunes. The site is complex and influenced by torrid heat from the desert, unimpeded flow of alpine air from the slopes of Mt. Adams and powerful, ocean inflected winds that are accelerated by the steep walls of the Gorge.
Grenache ‘Spring Ephemeral’ 2018 – Hand harvested and basket pressed with no additions of sulphite to naturally ferment in traditional open top vat. The wine is racked to neutral barrels to age only until the spring following the harvest when it is bottled to capture all the bright aromatics of the vintage. Gloriously perfumed with aromas of raspberry, blackcurrant, brambly undergrowth and flowers. The palate has wonderful acidity, definition and the wine reveals layer upon layer of flavour without ever becoming cloying or heavy. A really unique expression of Grenache.