The hillside terroir covers a scrubby garrigue landscape and is drier as it is subjected to the Mistral and Tramontane winds. These cool, dry, strong winds regularly sweep across the garrigue, contributing to the concentration of the grapes grown on this terroir. The complexity of the soils (3 geological areas) allows many varietals to express all of their aromas and flavors of ripe, even jammy fruit, garrigue spices, and flowers.
Harvested by night to keep the freshness, each vineyard lot is fermented separately after a 4 days pre-fermentation cold soak which brings bright color & flavor and silky tannins. After gentle pressing, some selected lots are racked directly into small French oak barrels adding depth and complexity. After 4 months of ageing, each component is blended to create the Fortant signature.
Generous, complex nose with notes of plum, violet and tame peppery spice.
Lively yet full-bodied on the palate with lovely flavors of black fruit and spices. Full on the finish.