Vinyer de la Ruca, Banyuls 2016 (500ml)
Vinyer de la Ruca is at the very pinnacle of natural wine production on the planet at this time. This is as much a socio-political statement and challenge laid down to the modern world as it is a domaine producing some of the most satisfying, mineral red wines of the Roussillon. No mechanization nor modern tools are used in the vineyards or cellar. Everything is done by hand. 560 bottles produced - ultra low yielding Grenache bush vines on the schist terraces of Banyuls, picked very ripe, fermented and macerated for a very long time, with maximum extraction, lots of foot plunging, folk music and ritual, then fortified with eau de vie de vin. A bit sweet, very tannic, dense, intense, yet seemingly impossibly ethereal and balanced. Put into hand blown glass bottles that are just beautiful and will make a great vase.