Anders Frederik Steen - Let's Dance to Dreams Pinot Gris (2013)
Grape: Pinot Gris
Vineyard Size: 0.60 hectares
Soil: clay, limestone
Average Age of Vines: 50 years
Farming: organic, biodynamic
Harvest: by hand
Winemaking: direct press, spontaneous fermentation in old barrels with indigenous yeasts
Aging: 66 months in old barrels
Added S02: none
100% Pinot Gris. The directly pressed juice oxidized 12-16 hours in open cuves and put directly into old barriques, where it fermented until December 2018 - a little more than 5 years) Bottled the 2nd of May 2019. 14.5% alc.
This heavy hitter is complex but not without structure. Notes of caramel, marmalade, vanilla and spice. Let it breathe for 20-30 minutes.
About the Winemaker:
Anders Frederik Steen makes wine from “grapes and only grapes”. He’s been doing this since 2013. Anders and his family have now settled in the beautiful village of Valvignères in the Ardèche and he grows grapes and makes wine at his friends Jocelyne & Gérald Oustric’s farm, Le Mazel. It is a beautiful spot on the slope of a wide, open valley and the many varieties grown here thrive on a perfect mix of clay and limestone. The vineyards are full of life, having been tended organically for decades.
Anders’ wines are made from red grapes which are either pressed directly or destemmed by hand and white grapes pressed directly in a beautiful old wooden press. Any blending is done during the harvest and the different varieties always ferment together, spontaneously, outside under the open sky. The wines are bottled unfiltered, with no additions and are thoughtful, original expressions of this part of the Ardèche.