A Very Special Wine
I’m expecting a special event to happen in the future. I don’t know when exactly, but it will be more than a year. Perhaps two. Perhaps three. When it happens, I want to have my own home made wine for those who attend.
One of my favorite wines is the La Fiole du Pape Chateauneuf-de-Pape. It’s not just the interesting bottle, but the wine itself is a wine I enjoy very much. It has been part of a few special occasions in the past year. While I will not duplicate this wine, I want something close to it.
La Fiole du Pape is a blend of four different grape varieties from the Chateauneuf-de-Pape AOC:
I discussed this with the owner of Winemakers, Bob Collins. After some thought and consideration, we decided that it would be best to make wine using two different wine kits. Unfortunately, we don’t know the exact ratio of the grape varieties in the KenRidge Ultra Premium “Founder’s Series,” but there is a kit that contains a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. According to Bob though, this wine on it’s own can have some bold leather tastes that some might not enjoy, probably from the Mourvre.
In order to soften that boldness, I’m going to make another batch of Grenache, a Cru Select Australian Bush Vine Grenache. After both batches have fully fermented, I will blend them together and allow them to bulk age together. It would be nice to source some Cinsault, but I haven’t found any yet.
The GSM kit comes with Lalvin EC-1118 yeast, which I will use, but I’m also going to add a packet of Lalvin Bourgovin RC 212.