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Flora & Fauna

The Languedoc is one of the most extraordinary regions, not just because of the variety of wine that it produces, but also its incredible geography, relationship between mountain and sea and its diversity of nature.  For the Vineyard Productions team, it is home to Pierrick Harang, one of the region’s most talented winemakers, and as fascinated as we are by its potential.   Its proximity allows us all to spend a lot of time in the area, allowing us to uncover wonderful growers and turn their wines into something special.

Walks through vineyards in the early evening near Picpoul fill your nose with aromas of the sea; in the hills the scents of Garrigue herbs that survive in the nutrient poor soils assault the senses.  Wildlife is rich, from butterfly to bee, and it’s this we wanted to reflect in the wines.
The Languedoc’s diversity in Flora and Fauna is mirrored in the abundance of indigenous varieties that find their home here.  This selection of wines is our chance to tell their stories.

Flora & Fauna
Blanc 2018

The vineyards of southern France are as abundant in wildlife as they are in vines, which carpet the land from the mountains to the sea. Working closely with growers we have complete control over quality ensuring that the natural flavours that this incredible terroir offers are carried all the way through to the glass. Created by Master of Wine Liam Steevenson and the Vineyard Productions winemaking team.
Early picked White Grenache, is fermented in stainless steel tanks to retain its freshness and aromatic profile. Blended with 10% Sauvignon Blanc.

Tasting Notes
The Sauvignon gives a green and herbal lift, with the wine showing incredible character, with almonds and stone fruit noticeable on both the nose and palate.

  • Alcohol – 12.5%

  • Residual Sugar – 1.2g/l

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Flora & Fauna
Rouge 2018

Our vineyards in the Languedoc are planted with Grenache, Mourvedre and Merlot, all benefitting from the warm sun, the garrigue herbs and the raw countryside. We machine harvest all the fruit to ensure that the grapes reach the winery quickly and in good condition.

Fermentation starts fast for all grape varieties with inoculated yeast to control aromas and flavour compounds during ferment. Fermentation takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Note
Deep in colour the nose is packed with dark forest fruit aromas on the nose, blackberry, plum, red-currant, sloe.  On the palate the true Languedoc character comes through; rich and concentrated with a freshness too, that makes the wine incredibly approachable.  Tannins are grippy but very easy.

  • Alcohol – 13.5%

  • Residual Sugar – 2.4g/l

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Labeille, Picpoul de Pinet

L’Abeille, Picpoul de Pinet 2018

Picpoul is known locally as the ‘Lip Stinger’, labelled that because of its naturally high acidity, resulting in one of France’s greatest crisp white wines.  Playing with this concept of ‘sting’ we named this wine ‘The Bee’ or ‘l’Abeille’, the winemaking is less tongue in cheek though.   

Taking concepts of ‘sur lie’ from Muscadet, we take lean, fresh Picpoul and work on the mid palate richness, to create an incredibly textural wine that really stands out in the glass.  The vineyards overlook the Basin de Thau, the largest oyster beds in Europe, which perhaps unsurprisingly supply this wines perfect partner.

Tasting Note: This wine is both gentle and refreshing with notes of Mediterranean white peach, apricot kernel and zesty lime peel culminating in a silky mouth-feel and crisp, vibrant acidity. 

  • Alcohol – 13%

  • Residual Sugar – 1.2g/l

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Le Lièvre 2018, Minervois

Leaning against the Black Mountain, the plateau of Minerve combines pine forest, garrigue and vineyards. Combined this is the perfect habitat for the brown hare, a peculiarly long-legged animal that enjoys the vegetative elements of the Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre vines that combine in this richly perfumed wine.

All the grapes are picked by machine to ensure the fruit arrives in the winery fast and in good condition. After total destemming, the Syrah is vinified in concrete tanks to help express its individual qualities. After light fining and bottling, the wine is kept for several months before marketing.

Tasting Note 

The complex aromas of black fruit (black olives and blackberry) stem from the carefully controlled extraction process during vinification.   The rich, fleshy bouquet of aromas lingers on to reveal touches of roasted coffee, blackcurrant and prunes.

  • Alcohol –  13.5%

  • Residual Sugar – 2.1g/l

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