Grower Report by Lee Hudson - A Year of Refined Elegance
After nearly 4 years of drought, 2016 broke the cycle with a mild moist winter quenching the soil profile with rain. The growing season started frost free with early bud break and nearly perfect shoot growth. This led to a healthy mid-April bloom setting the stage for a early harvest. The summer ripened a moderate but healthy crop, evenly and slowly. Harvest conditions were ideal and without any rush, we brought in fruit that reflects a vintage of refined elegance.
Winemaker’s comments by Christopher Vandendriessche
In 2016 the varietals showed how different they could be from each other. We fermented them separately in 70% stainless barrels and 30% neutral French oak. After alcoholic fermentation they were allowed to age on their light lees for 4 months in order to build complexity and depth. In January, blending was exciting since the different flavors really dovetailed nicely. The resulting blend is very complex, aromatic and minerally with a bit of extra body in the mid-pallet and a distinctive savory character. Intriguing and refreshing at the same time.