Yokel Grenache, Dormilona 2020
Grenache. Swan Valley, W.A
Yokel is Jo's showcase for the great vineyards and fruit sources in the Swan Valley. A dollar from every bottle of Yokel sold goes to the Friends of the Western Swamp Tortoise, an initiative working to raise awareness of the critically endangered status of Australia’s rarest reptile, who finds its home in Swan Valley. You can find more information about the Yokel project here https://www.dormilona.com.au/yokel/
The bush vine Grenache is dry grown & was established in the 1950’s by the Vino Italia family vineyard middle Swan. Cracking fruit, hand harvest by the family themselves & delivered to the Dormilona winery with love. Destemmed into opens & fermented on skins for up to 10 days. Light basket pressed straight to tank. Racked off heavy lees to bottle with a little dabble of sulphur. It's ultra juicy and popping with red candied fruits and rosy floral aromatics. Delicious drinking and a great fresh take on Grenache from WA.
All the way from Margaret River, W.A Dormilona are produced by a self confessed “lazy bones” winemaker, Josephine Perry. Referring to Jo’s low intervention approach to wine making, rather than her work ethic, she is very similar to me in that she is a one woman show ( whilst being a young mum ) and she chooses to focus her energy on the quality of the fruit that she brings into the winery. Using only organically and biodynamic fruit from vineyards across the Margaret River & Swan Valley, Jo creates natural wines from hero varieties from region such as Chardonnay & Cab Sauv, that have flair and originality. These are Jo’s babies, that’s she handcrafts with so much love and care & you can really taste it in every glass. This is Wander's first foray into importing and Im so extremely proud to be working with Jo and that we managed to find a way to get her wines to the other side of the world during a global pandemic!