DOMAINE LA FLORANE 'FLORESCENS' ROUGE 2014

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DOMAINE LA FLORANE 'FLORESCENS' ROUGE 2014

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Côtes du Rhône Villages Visan. 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah.

Coming from the estate's mid way blocks. Same cépage as Fleur de Pampre red with the only winemaking difference being half of the juice receiving 9 months in third fill 600 litre barrels.  A minor oak influence, the difference here is first and foremost site, with vintage playing a lesser role and winemaking lesser still. 

Intense.  A lot fuller and more concentrated, with heady violet and dark berry perfume leading a lively palate of stewed plums, black cherries, and an impression of meatiness and an ever so slight saline note to the tannins.  Has a vibrancy and energy around its power, it’s a pretty special release. 

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Domaine La Florane

Organic Côtes du Rhône Villages from the rarely seen terroir of Visan

Domaine La Florane is an exciting find which further broadens the options of excellent Southern Rhône wines available in Australia.  The 35 hectare property is situated on a south-facing slope at the highest point of the Visan appellation (elevation is 195 – 320 metres), viticulture is certified organic (biodynamic practice) and the winery has been purpose built to maximize use of gravity, with wines matured in wood and concrete.  A key philosophy is that no stylistic blending is practiced at the estate the same blocks make up the same cuvées each year, showcasing the season.

Few Visan wines are seen in Australia.  The hilly village is located around 10km north of Cairanne, with vines grown in clay-limestone soils.  Domaine La Florane’s terroir is gravelly and scattered with large round pebbles; its aspect and high limestone content coupled with the steady mistral wind raises wines of freshness and invigorating natural acidity. Visan was granted Côtes du Rhône Villages appellation status in 1966.