Witiza 2012



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AOP Terrasses du Larzac

An exceptional terroir in Languedoc, Terrasses du Larzac combine Languedoc generosity with Larzac freshness for cuvées with character whose keywords are purity and elegance

Soil: rounded stones and gravel with some red clay.

Grapes: 40% Mourvèdre, 35% Syrah, 15% Grenache & 10% Carignan

Harvest: hand picking with systematic hand selection

Production: 20 to 28 hl/ha depending on variety – 1.200 bottles

Vinification: Long “Cuvaison” for 15 to 40 days with rack and return, pumping-over and punching of the cap. Spontaneous alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation under marc.

Maturation: a 30-month ageing period including 12 to 24 months in oak barrels. Natural decanting thanks to cold winter temperatures.

Bottling : at the wine estate, without fining or filtration in order to keep the structure of the wine unspoiled.

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Vintage: capricious and unpredictable weather wavering between extremes: chilly at first then hot and very dry resulting in historically low yields. Fortunately, the wind kept the harvest healthy and fresh. Long harvesting time and eventually balanced and fresh wines.

Eye: a purple colour both deep and shiny

Nose: a nose dominated by fruit with notes of undergrowth, spices and red and black fruit : cherry, blackberry...

Palate: complex and well-structured mouth for a wine both powerful and fresh with silky and dense tannins.
In the end, a very elegant wine with a lasting finish.

Ageing Capacity: already pleasant to drink – ageing potential of about ten years  

Serving Temperature: 18° C / 65° F

Food & Wine Suggestions: thanks to its elegance and minerality, this well-bred and complex wine will be an ideal companion to grilled and roasted meat – beef rib and duck breast...