(93-94) Points

(97-99) Points

Harvest Date September 10th, 12th

Growing Season A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Winemaking

• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 6% whole cluster inclusion
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 16 day maceration
• Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 75% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017