Ormarine Picpoul de Pinet Acaciae 2020
Aromatic notes of white flowers, apple and pear are complemented by spicy notes leading to a crisp, fruity palate with a refreshing finish.
Producer Note - A region steeped in history, the vineyards of Pinet gained recognition as far back as Roman times when the Via Domitia traversed the vineyards, and in 1618 the Piquepoul variety was quoted by the famous botanist JB Magnol in his book Sylve Plantarium. The history of the Ormarine Cellars dates back one hundred years when in 1922 a group of winegrowers from Pinet gathered in the spirit of solidarity and formed a winegrowers association, with the aim of enhancing the quality of the white wine production in the region. Recognition came in 1985 when Picpoul de Pinet was classified as an AOC. The Ormarine Cellars have paved the way, producing crisp, refreshing fruit-driven wines from this fashionable appellation.
Vintage - 2020 A good year with sufficient water to give a balanced charge on the vine and help to develop strong varietal characteristics.
Vineyard - The grapes come from the best plots among the Picpoul vineyards, which are located along the banks of the Étang de Thau in a Natura 2000 zone. The proximity of the sea significantly influences the climate and the soils. The climate is very hot and dry during the summer, which forces the vine’s roots deeper into the soil in search of minerals and water. However, the sea reduces the impact of the heat and the breezes help to limit drought conditions and hydric stress. The nearby Étang de Thau is the largest lagoon in the Languedoc region and acts as a heat regulator. The complex soils of the plateau consist of silts and clays; sands and sandstones; and pebbles and conglomerates. The vines are meticulously pruned to control the vigour of the vine and the yields. The vines are cultivated sustainably and Ormarine has been certified Terra Vitis since 2018. The use of sexual confusion is employed to limit predators, and careful use of sustainable treatments preserve the vines, vineyard and also the nearby oyster farms on the Étang de Thau. The grapes are carefully harvested at night.
Winemaking - Fermentation took place with selected yeasts using reductive techniques to ensure the aromatic quality of the fruit was preserved. Maturation lasted for four months in 400 litre Acacia barrels with regular bâtonnage, to impart texture and complexity to the wine. Unlike other woods, Acacia preserves the freshness that characterises Picpoul and gives great complexity. Winemaker Iain Munson MW and creator of the cuvée notes “Acacia wood accentuates the aromatic qualities of Picpoul and does not dominate the natural expression of the grape and its special terroir”.
Tasting Note - Aromatic notes of white flowers, apple and pear are complemented by spicy notes leading to a crisp, fruity palate with a refreshing finish.
Grape Picpoul Blanc 100%
Winemaker: Iain Munson MW
Region: Languedoc Roussillon
Subregion: Picpoul de Pinet
Dry/Sweet value: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Contains Sulphites: Yes
Closure: Other Synthetic