I asked Joch to give me his vintage report for 2020 and this is what I got verbatim and straight from the horse’s mouth; ‘Looked like a bastard of a year; hot and dry and then it rained in late January and early February and a cool change moved in, which continued through to February and March and these conditions finished everything off nicely. There were tiny yields and so in reality 2020 ended up only a bitch of a year, not a bastard.
Puritan is a very simple wine to make as there are very few ingredients - just grapes, really. We pick the Shiraz grapes when they are nice and ripe (sugar ripe and flavour ripe, not always the same thing), crush the grapes and then ferment them in small open fermenters, then transfer the wine to stainless steel tanks (no need for oak barrels as Puritan is completely unoaked.) Once the wine has gone through secondary fermentation (malolactic fermentation) we bottle it immediately. Puritan is our interpretation of a youthful Spanish ‘Joven’ style wine, only made with Shiraz.
Vibrant colour (this is a very young wine) it is purple and luminescent almost. Red and black fruit characters explode on the nose. Puritan has a long, flowing and soft palate. Drink now at room temperature, or chill for 30 minutes on a hot day.
|Vineyards||Denton's, Edgehill, Cox's and The Hill Shiraz (in front of cellar door)|
|Picking Date||5th, 10th and 11th March 2020|
|Bottling Date||12th June 2020|