Deep dark garnet in color, this wine exhibits beautiful concentration despite the youthful vineyard this wine was crafted from. Lovely, classic lifted violets and crushed red berries with cinnamon emerge from the glass complemented by fresh fig and an intriguing savoury undertone of sage.
The palate is bright and lively, highlighted by blueberries and plums with a focused structure. Seeing this balance of sweet fruit and savoury complexity makes our winemaking team excited not only for this 2016 vintage release, but for the future of our great young blocks of Pinot Noir.
All sourced from our single vineyard estate, our young gun Pinot Noir blocks were handpicked and vinified in small lots using entirely wild fermentation. The wine was aged for 11 months in a combination of new (20%) and seasoned oak.
The 2016 growing season started off quickly. Budbreak was record breaking and the ensuing Spring growth was rapid. Despite the early start to the season, cooling summer rains soon arrived and slowed growth down to a more normal pace.
Late summer and early fall turned warm and sunny once again, but with cooler than usual evenings the fruit was able to ripen evenly despite the warm daytime temperatures. The 2016 harvest kept us on our toes with a long, drawn out ripening phase and gave us one of the longest harvest windows to date.
With a series of warm growing seasons behind us, our dedication to thoughtfully promote a healthy, balanced vineyard is paramount. Organic nutrient additions and precise canopy and irrigation management all play a vital role. In addition, we continue to farm as sustainably as possible – without the use of herbicides or pesticides. Our honey bee apiary is thriving and we’re amazed at the diversity of resident species that can be found on our property – a true testament for us to the health of our site.