(2021) Darker in colour, but not dense, this was fermented with wild yeasts and had 10% whole bunches, fermented in concrete fermenters, then into barrels, all French and 20% new, for 12 months. A more crisply defined nose compared to the Ocean Eight, crunchiness to the fruit, cranberry and redcurrant firmness. The palate has lots of fruit too, savoury and spiced, XX puts its freshness down to the concrete ferementers, it finishes with real briskness and meaty, savoury qualities to be very food-friendly with its lip-smacking acidity.
(2011) >From the Var region, a blend of Grenache, Rolle and Syrah with 13% ABV. Very delicate salmon pink, with lovely fruit: cherry and raspberry, with a delicious orange blossom and spice lift. Lovely palate, the clean, dry flavours and watermelon freshness ending with lovely focus and length.