Tramontane Grenache is a delicious, soft, fruity yet powerful red from the Cotes Catalanes region of southern France. It is made for us by our old friend Andy Cook who also makes the Mas Cristine and Consolation wines. Andy selects parcels of Grenache that would otherwise be blended into more generic blends and bottles them separately. We love that it can be drunk at every occasion and displays great varietal character of red berry fruit and gentle spice along with a touch of modern French class. Very moreish!
Andy Cook lived and worked in St Andrews for many years before moving to New Zealand to study the art of wine making. After a few years honing his skills there he settled in the picturesque town of Collioure in south east France. This is Basque country, rugged and beautiful, just like the man himself. Andy now has a new purpose built, modern winery which was built in partnership with legendary Roussillon producer, Phillip Gard of Coume de Mas. He always has several projects on the go but his main focus is Mas Cristine, an old estate which produces classic Cotes de Roussillon wines. Tramontane wines which focuses on easy drinking Southern French varietals and Consolation Wines which are small production wines made from the best parcels each year.