Jammy Git #2 – An English Blend of Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon
Jammy Git #2 is our second release of a limited edition wine under our playful “own label” – a playful nod to the serendipity that led us into ownership of BinTwo and tacit acknowledgement that we’re really very lucky to do what we do.
It’s also a way of us signposting wines that we love and that we want to get behind. Wines that are maybe unusual in some way or that have a quirky back story.
Case in point is this blend of three vintages of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown in Gloucestershire under glass, vinified by our friends at Knightor Winery right here in Cornwall and blended in a joint effort between us and the winemaker, David Brocklehurst.
We’re really pleased with the results. A lighter style of red than you might imagine from the blend (I think there’s a touch of Grenache character about it). Really lovely juicy red fruit flavours with perfectly balanced ripeness. Finely judged texture and weight that flirts somewhere between light and medium bodied. Just enough oak coming through to lend structure and a tingle of spice on the finish. To use a term that’s loathed by some in the wine community, I think it’s really easy drinking and, as an added bonus, it does very well as a slightly chilled, summer time red.
The grapes are picked by hand and loaded as whole bunches into 20kg crates to prevent damage. They’re transported by road to Knightor under refrigeration is needed (although this is rarely required as the grapes are harvested in October…and it’s England).
With all of the batches they were picked and fermented separately. During the ferment we do regular punch downs to extract further colour, body and flavour. The 2016 and 2017 were crushed and fermented normally, the 2018 was fermented with 10% whole Merlot bunches. After the ferment is nearly completed we press the grapes and finish the ferment in barrel. Malolactic fermentation is then conducted after alcoholic fermentation.
The oak used for the Jammy Git blend is a mixture of french and american oak. The 2016 part of the blend spent 2 years in new french oak, the 2017, 1 year in french and American oak and the 2018 6 months in french oak. The wine was blended and bottled in May 2019.
The blend is 18% 2016, 40% 2017, 42% 2018.
Titratable acidity: 6g/l
Residual sugar: <1g/l
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