Produced & Bottled by Carhartt Vineyard, Solvang, Ca
2016 Carhartt Venture “Rooi Aarde” – Riata Oaks Vineyard, Santa Ynez Valley – 14.4% abv
Composition: 100% Grenache
Nose (aromas): orange rind, currant, rose petal, red berry
Flavor (palate): tart berry, red tea, underbrush, white pepper
Winemaker’s Notes: This is the first single varietal Grenache under our label from this vineyard. Although light in color it packs significant mouthfeel, and finishes with a vibrant acidity. This wine, like most Venture wines, was fermented with native yeasts, and is meant to be an example of the lighter bodied, yet aromatically powerful side of Grenache.
Ageing Potential: Now – 2025+
Additional Notes: The name “Rooi Aarde” or “Red Earth” in Afrikaans, reminds me of the dirt roads I would drive on my way to work in the Hemel en Aarde Valley of South Africa. This wines reserved herbal profile reminds me of the “fynbos” (South Africa’s word for “Chaparral”) covering the hills behind the winery. This a perfect wine to drink chilled on its own, or paired with anything from fresh sashimi and soy sauce, to your favorite grilled bratwurst and vegetables.