A&Arlaud - Cyprien Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge 'Oka' 2016

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'Oka' references the horse seen on the label, one of two Cyprien Arlaud uses to plow the vineyards. He eschews mechanical alternatives to avoid soil compaction which leads to erosion and the death of microbial life under the vines. This biodynamic approach continues through their winemaking - the wines are harvested according to the cycles of the moon and both unfined and unfiltered.

The 'Oka' Bourgogne Rouge is actually much more easily approachable that its natural winemaking style would suggest. It contains a generous helping of sweet cherry fruit and subtle vanilla flavours from the 14 months spent in French oak. However there is marked freshness and a gentle hint of pepper and earthy tannins. This is definitely a Pinot which would appeal to fans of Au Bon Climat or even Otago styles. 

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