Un Vent de Folie
Vermentino • Roussillon
White sibling to the Grenache-dominated Un Vent de Folie red – both display inspirational winemaking from Mark Hoddy and his passion for the brilliance of the Roussillon region.
Chai winemaker Mark Hoddy first became acquainted with Vermentino while holidaying in Corsica – it's one of the French island's key native white grapes. Impressed by the wines, he decided he must try making one himself. He had an idea he might find the same top-quality Vermentino grapes in the stony, arid hills of the Roussillon ... and he was right. This grape can easily cope with the heat and lack of water and still produce wine with a nervy freshness. Mark chose five parcels of grapes, supervised the crushing, then cooled the juice and transported it up to Le Chai to give it particularly luxurious treatment. Part vinification in the finest oak barriques has given the crisp, zesty citrus flavours an edge of toasty vanilla. This white has real length, breadth and complexity with a taut structure and freshness to lend elegance and enable it to age. A serious food wine, enjoy with grilled prawns, barbecued swordfish or creamy pork.
Zippy fresh lemon and lime with creamy vanilla hints. Crisp and lively with tropical fruit and a wrap of toasty vanilla.
Style: Medium-bodied dry white
Colour: Pale green gold