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Rasmus Aamand Olesen is new winemaker to watch in our humble opinion. A Denmark native, he studied and worked in as a biologist before eventually deciding to take to the vine. He, like most others who aren't parented into a location can settle where they feel most at home, for Rasmus this is in Banyuls. Since 2016 there has been a full commitment to viticulture and wine making. Shortly after he decided to make a start of his own (2017), he now oversees a handful of small parcels planted to Grenache Gris, Grenache Blanc, Grenache Noir and Mourvèdre. 

More specifically the cellar is found is Port-Vendres, it's a quaint coastal town at the foothills of the Pyrenees, where the mountains meet the sea. The quote on quote slogan Vins de deux Mains is a connection to one of those things that we, those who appreciate craftsmanship can fully respect; the wine is made with two hands, effort and care & often those family and friends who can spare their hands. 

I just wanted to follow my heart to where it felt it belongs. Between mountain soil, grapes, sweat and fermentations. Everything is kept as simple as possible without ever compromising quality and sanity.

De-stemming is done by hand, vinification take place is barrel. There is a precision to wine growing here, fruit bursting on the vine is not uncommon but balancing acidity and achieving maximal phenolic maturity is a game of patience and understanding. Rasmus prefers long ageing to encourage calmness of the wines, to begin to develop aromatically and gain in refinement. We feel big Southern generosity, the reds achieve fascinating levels of density matched with high alcohol while the whites a stately and mature. The fruit character of the wines is rich, they are ripe but balanced with freshness and underpinned salinity. We are remind of our proximity to the Mediterranean & mountainous backdrop.  

Here, there is a spirit of learning and embetterment of self, a respect for the environment and the art on winemaking. The bottles are all hand-waxed and each label carries bottle label and painting (we say reversible) just another fine details that adds to the detail os drinking these wines.