2021 Brecon Feral Underclass

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2021 Brecon Feral Underclass
2021 Brecon Feral Underclass

“The Self Deprecation Society.” Well, how else do you make a label memorable these days? Now this is no “Italian job,” but we have heisted a lot of gold over the years with this single vineyard offering–without ever owning a Mini Cooper. Don’t let any of this go over your head. It’s a lush dark fruit wine with layers of peppery spice. Made with two non “noble” grape varieties (Petite Sirah/Zinfandel 69/29) and fermented with rather wild feral yeast. Like us, you may want to invest in a new double hammock to truly enjoy this wine somewhat horizontally.

Best In Class. Boston Intl, Nov 2023

Production notes

Starting with a cool soak and just a little wild fermentation before hitting it with a natural yeast. There must be a real party going on in there as the purple foam atop the tank is something to behold. We then stain our lovely new 70 gallon barrels when filling them with this purple froth (Well, 40% of them are new anyway). Hide it away for 18 months before briefly blending it in a tank prior to bottling.

VarietalPetite Sirah/Zinfandel
Varietal Composition97.60 % Rolph Vyd, Adelaida
68.66% Petite Sirah,
28.94% Zinfandel,
2.4% Syrah, Moonsprings Vyd
AppellationPaso Robles, Adelaida
AgingDrink Now - 2031
Residual Sugar0.26g/100ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/17/2023
Cases Produced251

Rolph vineyard is a superlative dry grown vineyard, above Adelaida Road, run by a detail-oriented statistician. Rolph has big dogs, so you have been warned: don’t try jumping the fence to steal some of their magical grapes. Damian luckily snuck through with his own feral pack for protection. Being rather impressed by the Petite Sirah on this property that he negotiated to graft over some Port varietals to Petite just so we could actually get some. To sweeten the deal, we agreed to take a little Zinfandel which adds the spice to this wine's structure and jamminess.

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