2021 represents a new chapter for this wine being a single-site Grenache from a dry-farmed vineyard in Riebeek. The wine continues to be named after Francois’ English Bulldog who views getting up to muck around as serious work. There might be a paleness in color though there is noticeable high-viz intensity of flavor. This is a truly magnificent bottling and the finest rosé Francois has made to this day.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small picking bins and brought back to the winery, a light hand squeezing was done for a portion of the ferment to break up the berries a bit and after 3 hours the bunches were pressed to small concrete tanks. Fermentation occurred naturally and malolactic fermentation was not carried out. After four months aging on lees the wine was clean racked with a very coarse filtration to tank to settle for one week. The wine was then bottled without fining and with a small addition of sulfur.