Smallfry - Pimpernel (2020)
A further extension into the fresh young red space from our Joven starting point, Pimpernel takes us where angels fear to tread. Suzi especially wanted to explore a whole bunch fermented reductive style and Trousseau is the perfect vehicle. Just a minimal SO2 add and bottled en casa this is natural wine in anyone’s language. Previously we have used the old vine Trousseau/Bastardo in our Joven blend and I have seen it as dark fruits, Mulberry, Blackberry but in this wine it seems to me more red fruited and rhubarby, nice herbal from the whole bunch and fitting the brief of juicy, smashable, complex and interesting.
Protip: Open 30 minutes prior to enjoying. Serve chilled.
Colour: Cherry red and murky.
Aroma: Rhubarb, herbal, cranberry, earth.
Palate: Light and bright, some nice stalky tannin.
Region: Barossa Valley, South Australia
Variety: 100% Trousseau
Minimal sulphites 14ppm
Alcohol / Vol: 11%
About the Winemaker:
Partners in life and business we have set about this rather haphazard journey driven by a desire to make something real. We both come from wine industry families so we understand the long term nature of this business, if you don’t love it you won’t survive the inevitable difficulties and hardships. We also appreciate the joys of seeing our produce becoming something more than grist for the mill, following the process in the most sensitive way we can makes the work of growing seem more valuable. To hand on something tangible to the next generation would be quite special (if they want it).