With a free falling, skydiving figure on the label, these wines represent a total freedom from the constraints of convention and a fresh perspective, and entirely free and unhampered approach to winemaking. They’re not making wine from bananas and ageing them in coconut shells to make something mad and out of the box. They’re just free to take grapes from their different vineyard sites and blend them together to create something beautiful that doesn’t fit within the constraints of the AOC system. The results are stunning!
A blend of 55% Grenache Blanc, 15% Marsanne, 15% Roussanne, 10% Chenin Blanc and 5% Maccabeu. This is bold and flavoursome white wine with ripe peach and apricot, honeysuckle and toasty vanilla flavours. It’s at once fruity and savoury and complex and aromatic. Utterly delicious.
“The 2013 Figure Libre Freestyle Rouge is a borderline outstanding blend of 45% Syrah, 25% Grenache, 20% Carignan and 10% Mourvèdre that was vinified in stainless steel and aged in 12 months in older barrels and tank. It offers lots of plum, licorice and crushed herbs, medium to full-bodied richness, solid purity of fruit and character filled, well-made profile. It should drink nicely for at least 4-5 years.” 89 points. Jeb Dunnuck, erobertparker.com, April 2015.
Opaque, perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice. Full bodied, intense with countless layers of flavour including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish
A selection of Gayda’s Figure Libre wines will be open for tasting in the shop on Saturday 3 October.